Fakebook is an iPhone app released this week that allows users to create fake Facebook status updates and photos uploads to prank their friends and loved ones — you know, sort of a new-age, techy whooping cushion.
And its creator, 28-year-old Branden Hampton, lives right here in Fresno.
Hampton isn’t some social media newbie, though. He’s already a titan of Twitter, and is easily Fresno’s most followed person. You just might not recognize his real name.
Using Fakebook, users could choose to create either a not-welcome status update or share a unflattering picture of a friend. The app then generates what is essentially a screenshot of the fake update that can be shown to someone or sent via MMS.
The inspiration behind the app? Hampton says:
“I came up with the idea when I pretended to upload an embarrassing picture of my fiancÃ©e to Facebook and she freaked out. I thought, “How can I replicate that reaction? Why isn’t there a fake-update app yet?” So I created one.”
Hampton said earlier this week, though, that he’s anticipating some push-back from Facebook, since Team Zuckerberg doesn’t take kind to spoofery.
Apparently, that Facebook’s protest arrived today:
We’ll have to keep our eyes on how this one plays out.