Facebook "Suggested Friends"


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Zoo Keeper
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Somewhere on here someone mentioned that they were told that the suggested friends that pops up the right hand side of your main page came up because this person had looked at your page. I can't find the original thread (this was the closest one I could find) but I can absolutely confirm this is true so be careful who you look at.

I figured out because my ex's name has come up in that box but it had no picture. We have no school connections and I just kind of dismissed it as being coinkydink since there was no information on the profile to prove it. Well it popped up again so I clicked on it and it's one friend who happened to be public now due to the new security changes. The friend works for the same place as my ex and lives in the same state. I then used the search feature to try all his various emails and one of them brought up that exact profile. Therefore, if you view someone's page one too many times it will suggest to your target that they add you...

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Whow!!!! This Is So True, Suddenly My Ex's Current Boyfriend's Name Is Showing Up In My Suggestion Box But I'm Like WTH I Don't Even Know Him,We Have No Connection At All But Facebook Is Suggesting The Dude
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I can assure you that if you look at someone's profile, or they look at yours, Facebook will suggest that you become Friends. On numerous occasions, I looked at profiles of people I knew long ago and never had email contact with them. We didn't have any interests in common and didn't even live in the same city. Sure enough, Facebook suggested these people as Friends. I'm sure it happend to the people I looked up, too.
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Where is the old "X" next to the pictures of suggested friend thal allowed me to delete the suggested friend? When is FaceBook going to addd this function that was once there?
IdolMind
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Just another weird situation that makes me think facebook tracks what we look at. I am logged into facebook all day, but I was not on FaceBook. I was on google and searched out a reality star. One of the google links was her FaceBook fan page. I clicked on it but did NOT become a fan. When I went into my FaceBook home page, not her fan page but her actual profile popped up in my suggestions. I thought that this tracking and suggestions stuff had to be untrue because I made a fake FaceBook and constantly visited my real profile but the fake never showed up in my suggestions. Now I realized that my fake profile is not searchable. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that profiles that do not show up in a search, do not show up under suggestions. Does anyone know if this is true?

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IdolMind wrote:

Just another weird situation that makes me think facebook tracks what we look at. I am logged into facebook all day, but I was not on FaceBook. I was on google and searched out a reality star. One of the google links was her FaceBook fan page. I clicked on it but did NOT become a fan. When I went into my FaceBook home page, not her fan page but her actual profile popped up in my suggestions. I thought that this tracking and suggestions stuff had to be untrue because I made a fake FaceBook and constantly visited my real profile but the fake never showed up in my suggestions. Now I realized that my fake profile is not searchable. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that profiles that do not show up in a search, do not show up under suggestions. Does anyone know if this is true?

So they tell us, but I've had people try to add me, and say they found my profile on search.
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I always use fake names and address. I even use new emails that nobody knows to join facebook. In theory facebook should not know who I am or the people I know, however they still came up with suggested friends that I know. They did this before I even added a single person. They must use tracking cookies
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Zoo Keeper and others:

Facebook's "Suggestions" are not from who has viewed your account or visa versa... It would violate Facebook's privacy terms and they would be in a lot of trouble. There are few different ways they pull the information.
First they see friends in common, interests, location, etc... Then they pull by your email account. Yes, you may have not given them permissions, but they do store the info from your yahoo, gmail, and other web based accounts. EVen if you have deleted them from your address book and all the emails, there are still imprints on these accounts and Facebook can pick them up. Also the other person may not have deleted your address in their contacts, so the connection is still there.

So let's say your ex joins Facebook... You have not talked to him/her for years, but once upon a time you two used to email each other. You deleted everything that had any connection to them, but they didn't. Facebook can pick up you address from THEIR accounts and if it is the same email address on your Facebook account, they will match you up. That goes for anyone who has emailed you. Ever get a group email and people hit reply all or another person did? You don't know them, but now you are in their contact list or at least in a trail of emails. Hence the reason why you may get hit up by a "friend of a friend of a friend" or some other random person.

Zoo Keeper - A little confused with your first thread... You mentioned that you kept checking out your ex and you had no connections with him, but then you realized you did have one connection? That is why it popped up. Not to mention that you most likely are still in his contacts... So if there is one or more connection it will pop up.

I had this happen with a rescue group I was once in contact with. The owner kept popping up in my suggestions. I thought it was weird since we had NOT ONE connection direct or distant. Later I got an email from her about a situation. She told me she couldnt remember my name but hoped it was the correct email address. I know she didnt view me on Facebook, but I was still in her contacts. Therefore they made the suggestion.

here is an article that really explains it:

http://www.afiffattouh.com/social-networking/facebooks-friend-suggestions-a-freaky-phenomenon

hope this helps.

Zoo Keeper
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Anonymous Visitor wrote:

Zoo Keeper - A little confused with your first thread... You mentioned that you kept checking out your ex and you had no connections with him, but then you realized you did have one connection? That is why it popped up. Not to mention that you most likely are still in his contacts... So if there is one or more connection it will pop up.

 

No we had no connections at all via facebook. His one friend on his profile works at the same place he does and that was how I confirmed it was him. I didn't know the friend just saw in his info section that he worked at the same place. I didn't check ex out until he kept popping up on my suggested friends. I figured it was coincedence because he has the most common name ever...ranks right up there with John Smith....until I was able to see his only friends profile and confirm it was him.

 

The email thing could explain it though as we used to exchange emails in the past though it has thankfully been awhile.

LadyCerridwen48
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Another observation on this:

When I signed up, I ran my gmail address book to search for friends, and added several people.  I have not ran my address book since.  This was last week, Wed or so.  Last night I had someone new pop up in my suggested friends.  It was one of my father's friends.  I added him, and he later asked me how I found him, since he had only signed up a few hours earlier.  The only thing I can come up with was that it stored his name/email address from when I searched my gmail last week. 

So, be careful who you search for, either directly, by name or email address, or indirectly, by searching your entire address book.  FaceBook clearly stores this info.


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I would like to vent and say, stories like Lady's suck all the fun out of searching.  ...Wait, it gets worse.  All the searching I've done ... maybe I've been coming up in peoples' suggested friends boxes, and not one of them has friended me!    (all mine have come from a school network.)     So, I've been outed as a stalker and I'm not popular either!  ( jk about being upset  ... except about this "suggestions" thing.)

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wow! I just went on an interview yesterday. Didn't go well, but for the hell of it I came home and tried to find the person who interviewed me on FaceBook. I searched their name and couldn't find anything. This morning that person popped up in my suggestions. Very creepy. I don't know if it was me searching them that made them pop up or them searching me, but what a coincidence..

ghettogirl
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Well, it's been said on GGG about a hundred times that if a person looks at someone else's FaceBook profile, there is no way to track that.  If instead, you show up in that person's suggested friends box, without for example going to the same school or being in the same network that they are,  it's the same d*** thing as being tracked.

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It is also based on what pages you fan, what groups you join, and what applications you use.  I follow a few causes on Facebook and got my (now) husband to join a couple that we both feel strongly about.  A few months ago my stalker (who, sadly, also happens to be my husband's pice-of-crap niece) joined one of the causes that my husband belongs to, and started showing up on his friend suggestions.  He does NOT want anything to do with her after what she did to me, and continues to do to me/us.  I had to go into his suggestions page to remove her from the list of suggested people.  Once you do that, the person in question will stop showing up in the suggestion rotation.


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LadyCerridwen48
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There might be something to this.  I just signed up fo FaceBook.  Literally, like 15 minutes ago.  As soon as I signed up, with FaceBook having NO INFORMATION about me other than my name, hometown and current location, it suggested, of all people, my step-mother in law.  We've never lived in the same town, we're close to 20 years apart in age...basically, with the limited info FaceBook had on me at the time (I hadn't even entered my high school info yet), how ELSE would it know to suggest her unless she'd searched for me in the past?

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Does she have your email and then maybe used her email address book to find people?

LadyCerridwen48
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whether she searched my email address or my name, doesn't matter.  I'm curious how FaceBook would think to suggest her, unless she had searched for me in the past, and FaceBook stores that info.   

Zoo Keeper
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This is one of those cases where she could have used the email application to add her friends. At the time she did it you weren't a friend so facebook stored your email until you joined then suggested you add her?

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That's what I'm thinking it has to be, I can't imagine how else she'd have been suggested to me.  I hadn't searched my email address book yet or anything, they literally had my first name, last name, email address, and current city.  And of course whatever info they can glean from my IP, none of which would tie me to her in any way.  Based on location and last name, it made sense for my sister to be on the suggested list, or my mother, and of course, friends of theirsbut MIL and I have nothing...different states, different names, completely different circle of friends (not that I had added any yet), etc.  FaceBook has to keep track of who you search for, either by name or email address, I can't come up with any other reason she'd have been on the list.

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That makes sense. I have a "dummy" facebook page with no friends or any info on it that i use to look at my real profile to check security. Yesterday that page showed up on suggested friends.

snazzy
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i just tested this with a fake account i created and it didnt work- yet. now im curious. maybe it goes by ip.

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I'm still kinda new to this whole thing but I do get suggested friends from a couple of people that I still have an email from in my yahoo account, and it's been over 2 years since I talked with some of them. I doubt they've looked at my profile. Don't know if that helps...

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I've read that one way FaceBook determines some suggested friends is through the "Import contacts" feature.  So, in other words, if you used that feature to find/invite friends, it may show you people that are in your list of contacts, even if you haven't emailed them in a long time.


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Zoo Keeper
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I have never used that feature so facebook has never had access to my email contacts so it couldn't be that way, at least for me in this instance.

Wonderland
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Yeah I've never used it either and have gotten some suggestions for people I may know, that are actually people I'd rather never be in touch with, lol.   I dunno how that happened...the "import contacts" thing is just something I've read about a few times...

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Interesting theory. Thats been floating around for a couple years now. It would be interesting to see if theres an actual 'scientific method' to prove that.

Zoo Keeper
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Probably not...unless we create a fake and stalk our own profile with it to see if it comes up. I have had no connection with my ex via the registered facebook email for probably a year or so. His profile doesn't have his wife as a friend so either he has one she doesn't know about or she created one using his name because I blocked her. His profile has come up in that Suggested Friends box at least 5 or 6 times that I can remember in the last few months. I just wrote it off to the fact that he has an extremely common name until I found this concrete connection.

snazzy
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maybe he has used the email app. and had your email? i get suggested friends all the time that i have no idea how we are linked and i dont think they are anyone who would view my page.

Zoo Keeper
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That might be a possibility but if he used it he would probably have more than the 1 friend he has...LOL...at least I would hope so. And why not even his own family who is on facebook...

snazzy
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may be just a work thing. i can say that when i first joined i had one or two friends forever.( iwas a myspace junkie)and only using the networkign part of facebook for work. now i have more there than i did on myspace.

Zoo Keeper
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A "network" of one is pretty small...lol. It doesn't really matter except that facebook somehow linked him to me and considering I didn't know he exhisted on facebook since he claims not to use them he was probably looking...

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