Facebook "Suggested Friends"

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Zoo Keeper
Facebook "Suggested Friends"

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...

Almost Evil
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Re: Facebook "Suggested Friends"

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...

Anonymous Visitor
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My husband had an affair with this woman. he didn't go to school. After I found out about the affair I blocked her on his facebook. The other day I was on his account and she came up under the suggested friends. Any thought's on how that happened?

hubby
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Maybe he unblocked her? Did you confirm that she's still blocked?

snazzy
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it may be linked for the pure fact she was friends on his facebook account before. or it could be that hes emailed her and FaceBook is tracking by email addresses.

Wonderland
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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.

And no-one sings me lullabies...And no-one makes me close my eyes...And so I throw the windows wide...And call to you across the sky

Zoo Keeper
Re: Facebook "Suggested Friends"

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...

And no-one sings me lullabies...And no-one makes me close my eyes...And so I throw the windows wide...And call to you across the sky

Glovermann
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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...

MyOwnGirl
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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.

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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Anonymous Visitor
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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.   

She heard about a place people were smilin', they spoke about the Red Man's way and how they loved the land...

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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