Facebook - When you see the rotating list of friends, is that really random?

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Facebook - When you see the rotating list of friends, is that really random?

I'm just wondering, supposedly the Facebook list of the 6 friends or whoever that show up on someone's profile rotate randomly. However, I've noticed on a friends page the same person seems to keep popping up much more often than anyone else, which would lead me to believe its not random.  Does anyone know about this? Does it mean my friend is looking at that profile that keeps popping up or something to that effect or is it really just random?

I do know that you can have the friend box set to display the same friends all the time (using the edit tool in the friend box). But since the other names are different I know that is not what happened in this case. 

Hot2na
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i noticed today that the list did not change on a few profiles, but did on a couple when i would refresh screen.

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Smiley
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Yeah, the random display of friends hasn't been rotating on my friends profiles or my profile for over a month now - haven't changed or clicked anything. I emailed facebook about it, but they never replied.

balkans
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I don't think you'll get any reply from facebook, try to imagine how many emails they receive every day. If you get a word from them just share it here please :)
Anonymous Visitor
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U know, I noticed the same thing on my FaceBook Friends' List too. There's this one guy who's profile rotates much more frequently than anyone else. It's weird cause I have like 150 friends so you'd think if it was random, he wouldn't be popping up so much. But nope, every day seems like I see his profile rotating up. He must be visiting my profile or something because this is NOT random at all... I wonder really the way cyberspace works...things that don't appear random may not be random...cause I kind of like him too and hope that maybe he may like me too...but i dunno...maybe i notice him more because i like too...LOL. Can you let me know if you find out?

Anonymous Visitor
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Same thing! it can NOT be random. i refreshed a friends page like 10 times because i didnt want to see their face (haha) it took that many time for that person to not be in the rotation!!

Anonymous Visitor
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I'm not certain, but I think I've noticed whoever is logged on to Facebook shows up in my rotation. I think the people that always show up is either because they're logged on via their phone or possibly the friends that I have the most friends in common with. I wish it meant who viewed my profile last but I am not too sure that is what it means.
G1ll
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For me I think it usually shows the people who profiles i am on the most and who I talk to the most. Maybe it works in the way adverts do and remembers what you seem to look at the most (so its more targeted)

hubby
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i just noticed yesterday that by clicking on the little edit-button on your friends box, you can "make it always" show certain friends - so it's not necessarily always random.

Anonymous Visitor
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Same here! I have over 800 friends, and all the people on the rotations list change everytime i refresh except this ONE boy! I've been trying to figure out why for a while now, I really really hope it's because he views my profile alot lol ;) but anyways, I havent set him as a permanent person on the rotation list either. Definitely not random..
Anonymous Visitor
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Yeah, i noticed on my boyfriends page too, that his ex is always on the friends list...do you think that means he visits her page all the time, or vice versa? but it cant be just random....
Anonymous Visitor
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We have the same and exact situation, what is really happening? Do Facebooks FAQs answered this yet?
Anonymous Visitor
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yeah... in my case... I just recently broke up with my girlfriend... miss her like hell so - I admit - view her profile a lot... *shame* ... but besides me popping up on her friend list at the side, there are also these other two guys! ... now the question that's driving me insane, is this list REALLY random...?? ... wish facebook people could answer this one... who to turn to if not them?
Anonymous Visitor
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I've wondered a million times about this. There is an application on FaceBook now called Friend Buzz that will show who are your "top" (top 12) friends, and, it's based on some algorithm, likely the frequency with which one is on your page. You'll be surprised because it will also include people who aren't even your Friends, likely (I had 2 show up once on mine...an x-friend and someone else who is constantly in the top 12 that I don't even know). And, if this application is true (and I have reasons to believe it is), the friend rotation on FaceBook has no significance to who views your profile most, because the Friend Buzz results doesn't correspond with those who are always at the top of my list. Yeah, I was disappointed too, but not surprised. My guess is, those who show up most frequently at the top of your list are the friends most frequently on FaceBook.
Anonymous Visitor
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I have a dummy account on FaceBook and it explains a lot! Also helps to figure out my privacy settings. Sometimes "she" is my friend and other times I defriend her. Either way, when "she" looks at my personal account, a completely different set of friends show up from what I see when I am logged onto my account. If she is friends with my sister and me, then she sees people on my friends list who are friends with BOTH my sister and me. So the friends list you see rotating on your wall are different from what your friends each see and from what non-friends see. It seems that FaceBook chooses (defaults to) who they think you want to see on your friends' walls (example, went to school together, from same state, etc) and who you want to see on your own wall(those you check most often and those who check you most often).
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Facebook rotating list of friends
I like this answer. Thanks.
Capn Mac
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Come on, 13 posts, no answers and everybody is curious. Seems if the Iphone can track your every move, facebook must be seeing this forum and is: a) Happy as a clam nobody knows the system or b) they have the net filtering "facebook" and we will get answer soon. Either way, love to know how it works
Libbi
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Per Facebook's Help Center.....

"Which friends appear in the left column of my profile?
The left column of your profile may display different types of people in your life:

We highlight your friend list.
By default, a changing selection of friends always appears under the "Friends" heading in the left column of your profile. The selection includes many friends who you publicly interact with the most. Examples of public interactions include Wall posts, comments and mutually attended events — Facebook will never show friends based on whose profiles you choose to view or who you interact with over messages and chat.

You can choose custom friends to highlight.
In addition to your general list of friends, you can choose to feature specific friends (e.g., best friends, roommates or coworkers) or groups to which you belong. Learn how to do this here.

Your family and relationship partner appear here, too.
If you choose to add family members or a relationship to your profile, those people will also be featured in the left column.
/help/?faq=19427"

So from this I would surmise .... It is about who we interact with the most or have in the past commented on their posts, attend the same functions, know the same people, or like the same things. It has nothing to do with us viewing their profiles or them viewing ours. Viewing is private to all but the viewer. Hope this helps :)

Anonymous Visitor
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a couple of people turn up continuously; even after I refresh but with the 2 people I keep seeing turn up, I don't have any contact with them over facebook-no wall posts, no inboxes, no chat, no tags, no pokes...nothing...please explain?
Anonymous Visitor
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It think it must have to do with who is looking at your page because there is a guy I barely know who's posts I never see in my feed and who's page I NEVER visit and he is ALWAYS near the top of my Friends list! Other than that I see people who I interact for sure. It's got to be about who is looking at us to some extent.

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