To wonder how FB makes it's suggestions?

(13 Posts)
hippoherostandinghere Wed 13-Apr-16 21:16:46

In the people you may know section?

The headmaster at my DC'S school has come up in that list for me. From looking at his profile he has very few friends and no mutual friends. He lives in a different town so there is nothing obvious to link us. So even though there is a link there is no way for Facebook in theory to make the connection. Do they track your location maybe to make the suggestions?

MrsJamin Wed 13-Apr-16 21:17:30

Yes they track your location. It's pretty scary.

Trills Wed 13-Apr-16 21:18:36

They have teams of people working on it.

It's complicated.

Anyone who KNOWS probably isn't allowed to tell you.

It could involve location, if you have the app on your phone.

Have you interacted with any pages or groups relating to the school?

hippoherostandinghere Wed 13-Apr-16 21:20:46

No there's no school page or any groups.

gobbynorthernbird Wed 13-Apr-16 21:25:15

He has looked you up. I don't care what they say, if you search someone then they appear in your suggested list.

gobbynorthernbird Wed 13-Apr-16 21:26:22

Or they appear in the searchees, more to the point.

NewStartNewName Wed 13-Apr-16 21:28:24

They use your email address that you log on with, if he's in there or something to do with school - that'll be how. Oh and your phone contacts.

toohardtothinkofaname Wed 13-Apr-16 21:29:56

Facebook tracks what websites you visit after you have left their site.

hippoherostandinghere Wed 13-Apr-16 21:39:18

I have the school app on my phone, maybe they can tell from that?

Dutchess61 Wed 13-Apr-16 21:42:23

I thought it was anyone that you've ever made contact with on whatever device you have that Facebook is also on. My eyes practically fall out when I these sometimes. NO I don't want to friend my dentist.

MrsJamin Thu 14-Apr-16 13:05:25

It's most likely to be to do with you both going to the same location multiple time, but yes I think if you look someone up, your face will be a suggestion to them in the future. There are lots of complicated alogarithms they use.

Mousefinkle Thu 14-Apr-16 13:15:52

Sometimes it happens if they're a mutual friend of someone you've simply searched for in the past... It's creepy to the max.

poisonedbypen Thu 14-Apr-16 13:26:32

It also looks though your email address contacts & phone numbers. I have on I don't understand. Someone I worked for years & years ago (before the internet) has popped up on my suggestions. We have no friends in common, I do not have his email address or phone number. I do drive past his business often, but I drive past lots of other businesses in the same parade of shops & don't get any of those suggested.

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