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Facebook. If you look someone up does it recommend you as a friend to them?

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Pibplob Sat 02-Dec-17 17:41:40

Anyone know if this is true? I'm very intrigued. I notice a few people on my recommended friends who I have no mutual friends with so wondered if it's true.

SylviaTietjens Sat 02-Dec-17 17:42:45

It certainly seems to be the case. Fb says not, but lots of experiments by my friends and I suggest otherwise.

AllRoadsLeadBackToRadley Sat 02-Dec-17 17:43:51

IIRC they come up on your "friend suggestions".

They also do this from time to time if you have mutual friends. So if you're having a nosey at someone's profile and you have mutual friends, there's your excuse! 😁

CotswoldStrife Sat 02-Dec-17 17:43:56

I think it does something like this - I keep getting a friend suggestion and I think it's because someone (who I'm not friends with) used her child's profile to look at my FB page.

What I don't know is whether she (or in this case, the child!) also gets a suggestion to add me hmm

Pibplob Sat 02-Dec-17 17:44:08

Interesting! I may need to curb my stalkering too then. Thanks.

BaronessBomburst Sat 02-Dec-17 17:45:27

Yes. It also recommends people from your email contacts, WhatsApp, and the email and WhatsApp contacts from anyone on a shared IP address. I frequently get DH's work colleagues recommended as potential friends if he's been working from home. DH doesn't have FB.
Either that or the entire office has been looking me up.

Helena17 Sat 02-Dec-17 17:47:25

I didn't know that. I thought it doesn't but reading the comments made me think a bit. I might have been suggested to a highschool crush for quite a while now. I hope not. smile

Pibplob Sat 02-Dec-17 17:48:10

Hmmmm. So if no mutual friends, no what's app contact and no email contact they have been moseying at me? And I will come up on their suggestions if I've looked at their profile and no mutual friends etc etc.

MissMustBeAMug Sat 02-Dec-17 17:54:02

Ooo I was wondering this.

I keep getting ex bil and an old acquaintance being suggested over and over again, like every couple of days or so.

It’s only been happening the last two months (but then I haven’t been on fab much before that so probably wouldn’t have noticed)

Trills Sat 02-Dec-17 18:10:05

You might find this interesting

Thinkingofausername1 Sat 02-Dec-17 18:47:02

I've wondered too. I have occasionally has dh's colleagues pop up. Nosy cows confused

honeyravioli Sat 02-Dec-17 19:36:45

It is categorically not true but endless people will insist it is.

100% totally not true. Fact.

Happydoingitjusttheonce Sat 02-Dec-17 19:41:45

You need 3 online lives - public, private and secret wink

MissMustBeAMug Sat 02-Dec-17 19:43:12

That’s interesting honeyravioli.

In that case has anyone got any idea why it is just the same two names cropping up repeatedly on my suggested friends?

It’s not like there isn’t a big pool of potential friends of friends there grin

honeyravioli Sat 02-Dec-17 19:46:02

It's a pretty complicated algorithm that brings in various strands of information. But if I told you precisely how it worked I could lose my job, and worse!

MissMustBeAMug Sat 02-Dec-17 19:48:04


Could you tinker with it so I get some different friend suggestions please? I’m sick of these two.


Intercom Sat 02-Dec-17 19:55:10

What about those of us who don't use Facebook? Does it collate info about us from everyone else's address book etc? confused

Hobbes8 Sat 02-Dec-17 20:01:16

honeyravioli does it track the location of your mobile phone? I've had two instances which made me think it might. Once I was in a restaurant and saw someone I vaguely recognised through work. We didn't even say hello, but were in the same restaurant at the same time, and she popped up as a recommendation that night.

The second was when I saw someone I recognised from around toddler groups. We were on the same bus, got off at the same stop, and went into the same building (it was Election Day and we both went into the polling station. She came up as a recommendation that night.

So I presume it knows that I was in the same viscinity of those people. Of course I might have friends in common with both of them, given I either work in the same field or have children the same age, but they'd never come up before.

Pibplob Sat 02-Dec-17 22:06:12

Ooh the plot thickens. So honeyravioli, we can stalk all we like and we won't come on the stalkee's list? Are you sure? 😂

Slightly intrigued by loosing your job and worse

Trills Sun 03-Dec-17 10:32:01

I'm going to post this link again - Facebook knows some things about you that don't necessarily come from you.

One of the things that Facebook often does is ask "do you want to upload your contacts, so we can use that info to help find your friends?"

You might not have done this, but some of your friends will have. So Facebook will know that Sarah Jones, who is friends with Pib Plob, has a contact in her phone under the name Pib Plob with the number 07123 456789 and the email address If your other Facebook friend Rachel Stevens also has a contact called Pib Plob and the number 07123 456789, Facebook can feel pretty sure that that's your number, even if you never told it your number.

hula008 Sun 03-Dec-17 10:34:31

I’m sure I’ve read that Facebook suggestions can also come from proximity to other phones

Glitteryfrog Sun 03-Dec-17 10:48:02

I'm not convinced by proximity.
Facebook doesn't suggest I should be friends with my work colleagues and we obviously all sit next to each other all day.

honeyravioli Sun 03-Dec-17 20:58:44

Ooh the plot thickens. So honeyravioli, we can stalk all we like and we won't come on the stalkee's list? Are you sure?

Yes, absolutely sure. smile

I’m sure I’ve read that Facebook suggestions can also come from proximity to other phones

Not in that sense, no.

Pibplob Mon 04-Dec-17 20:18:25

Homeyravioli - I hope you're right! I'm a bit confused how fandoms come up in my list tho but will stalk and hope you are correct! 😂

Intercom Mon 04-Dec-17 20:33:36

I'm guessing it scans your messages and notices which people and places you mention.

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