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Old 11-03-2015, 07:42 AM
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Who is Alexander Halim and why is his Facebook profile a "default"?

Sometimes when I try to follow a Facebook link that has been deleted or had its privacy settings altered, I get bounced to a page that has nothing to do with what I wanted to look at. It is always this guy's profile. I have no idea who he is, and he is not friends with anyone who I am friends with. It seems like his profile is some kind of default that Facebook sends people to when a link fails. What's going on? When I click his name I just get this link:

https://facebook.com/comment?fref=ts

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/K1pYI3f.png

Edit: Is it possible that he managed to set his Facebook vanity URL as "comment", and that is what is causing the weirdness?

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Old 11-03-2015, 09:34 AM
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He seems like an affable fellow to me. Since it's never happened to me I have to take your word that it happens to you consistently. My WAG is that either it's a bug in Facebook's software, or it defaults to this guy on purpose. Perhaps they picked a particular ID that happened to belong to this guy as the default page for certain kinds of errors? I agree it's strange, but they have to send you somewhere.

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Old 11-03-2015, 11:21 AM
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It's never happened to me, either. That's strange.
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:38 AM
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Send Alex a friend request and find out.
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:01 PM
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I think it is as per my edit. On Facebook you get a URL of the form facebook . com / your.name.XX, but there are also "vanity URLs".

If you go to facebook.com/comment, you get Alexander's page. Or at least, I do. Is that the case for other people?

So it seems that he has bagged /comment as a vanity URL, which means that when a FB URL with "/comment/" in it gets munged, it goes to his page somehow. Maybe.
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:07 PM
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I just looked; I got his page too. Wonder if he knows?
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Old 11-03-2015, 03:45 PM
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A junk facebook link just sends me to a standard error page. Do you have an example of an invalid link that sent you to Halim's page?
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:59 AM
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A junk facebook link just sends me to a standard error page. Do you have an example of an invalid link that sent you to Halim's page?
No. I usually get the standard error page, if I deliberately mess up a URL. It happens on mobile, randomly.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:48 PM
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https://facebook.com/comment?fref=ts

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/K1pYI3f.png

Edit: Is it possible that he managed to set his Facebook vanity URL as "comment", and that is what is causing the weirdness?
Yes, looks like "comment" is his Facebook name. If I replace "comment" in the URL above with my Facebook name, it goes to my profile. I'm not surprised it causes some strangeness.
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:48 AM
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I think it is as per my edit. On Facebook you get a URL of the form facebook . com / your.name.XX, but there are also "vanity URLs".

If you go to facebook.com/comment, you get Alexander's page. Or at least, I do. Is that the case for other people?

So it seems that he has bagged /comment as a vanity URL, which means that when a FB URL with "/comment/" in it gets munged, it goes to his page somehow. Maybe.
And this is how internet experts are born. You've been quoted on that, dear.

http://gmanetwork.com/news/story...ing-him-famous
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:31 AM
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And this is how internet experts are born. You've been quoted on that, dear.

http://gmanetwork.com/news/story...ing-him-famous

Neat!

And it's been happening for a lot longer than "since November". I first noticed it about a year ago.
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