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

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My girlfriend and I chose not to be FaceBook friends because of the anxiety it causes us. She has a lot of guy friends because of her line of work, and I'd rather not see or know about them. I'm trying to develop a sense of trust. However, we have mutual friends, and I notice everytime I go on one guys particular page, my girlfriend's photograph is ALWAYS either at the top, or somewhere in the mix of top profiles..is this a coincidence, or does it mean they are always communicating? It's making me wonder why that is so...Any ideas?
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Hi, I have noticed the exact same thing, it is not a random selection
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I checked this whole theroy out on my FaceBook profile page this morning...and it would seem that if certain people show up on your rotation list of friends that they are the ones that:
1. you have interacted with in the last couple of weeks? or
2. they have visited your page in the last couple of weeks.

I only say this because there was one person that keeps showing up on my friends rotation list every time I refresh it..and I did it 30 times? and he was always there in every list...now I don't mind it, that he looks, because I kinda like him, but my question is this? does he show up because he is just logged in alot? or because he is checking out me and things on my page?

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Took me a while to find this forum but I interact on Facebook EVERYDAY and have about 130 friends. There's one person (former classmate) who shows on my rotating list most every time I log on yet we never interact. I somehow believe there are Facebook bots (a person) who might be monitoring content by groups of people in various locations and just maybe they have the ability to censor some of what we post - or worse, the government could have spies checking things out. It's just a gut feeling because these are the times we live in.
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it's who views your profile the most
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I have 465 friends on facebook, and I recently just went and refreshed my page a few times to see who showed up each time. THE SAME SIX PEOPL SHOWED UP EVERY TIME O.o Lol just in a different order. I dont have it set like this, so it seems to me it rally is just about who you interact with the most.
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As everyone has concluded, it certainly is not random. Facebook don't seem to want to communicate on the issue, which I think is because there is a lot more monitoring of our facebook movements going on than we'd believe. My personal theory is that its a combination of things. I think it certainly includes a mix of the pages you have been viewing. I don't necessarily think its to do with who has been viewing your page at all. Take for example a good friend of mine. He has over 500 facebook friends - many of them I know. Over the past few years of viewing his profile, the same type of people generally show up. Now recently, something happened which made me interested in a distant relative of his (whom he is friends with, but has never publically interacted with and has one friend in common with, no photos, no mutual groups etc). I started viewing this relative's page a few times. Low and behold, every time I now visit my friend's page, this certain relative appears on the friends list almost every time. Prior to my viewing, they had never shown up. I think facebook somehow discovers the people who we have interest in on the site. I think it remembers if we search for a particular person, or view particular friends of friends. I also think it shows people who it knows we have some kind of connection with. It links together a lot of data from your viewing, searching, tags etc. I think we know for sure that facebook's statement that it is those you publically interact with the most is not always true (there may be a few people in there from that category, but some people will also show who you never publically interact with). My theory is, like some others have said, that its like advertising - it remembers what we want, determines who our relationships are with, who we are paranoid about (maybe an ex boyfriend/girlfriend), the people we know better than others etc. It also sometimes throws in a few randoms to keep the list looking like a random selection. None of this is tested, but these are my theories.
Mr.SouthMetroAtlanta
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I agree with this most recent statement. We'd be foolish to assume that the #1 social network Online would be free and innocent. With a team of highly intelligent and skilled workers to work the Face book site, they have access to eyes, ears, and minds that could serve as a critical tool to government at various levels. Sad to say it but I've gotten a few "pings" that indicates if you're not using Face book to deal with purely social, every day issues, then we are monitored. What you create and share, and the tone of it could easily become an issue. If you didn't know before...you do now.

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