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

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I think it is somewhat random. Everyday I look at my crush's profile, but not even one day my name popped up in her list. Also in my friend list, many a time there are no doubt some people whom I interact with frequently, but there are also some people whom I do not know with whom I do not communicate publicly or through chat. And the same list of people appear almost everyday.
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Like everyone else in here, the friends listed on my profile are almost always the samen. BUT,I have noticed the last few times i've met someone irl who i haven't talked to in a long time, he or she shows up on my profile the next time i check, along with the 9 usual friends. I actually met two people the other night, who i've never communicated with on facebook, and they both showed up on my friend list the next day. Then a day or two later, the person is gone again.. How do you explain THAT?!
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So is it in fact people whose pages YOU visit the most, or people who visit you or both? I notice that my crush is on my profile rotation pics but mine is not on hers but we do interact quite a bit on facebook? also, other people who I don't interact with much or at all appear on mine and I appear on theirs....
Anonymous Visitor
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I doubt it's people whose pages I visit most. On mine it's neither those whose pages I like most often necessarily, and I've not checked some of their profiles in months...
Anonymous Visitor
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Not random. Much as though I love random generation. Personally, I wonder if their looking at our page, or either you or them having each other on newsfeed matters?

Most of mine are people I interact with reasonably regularly, as expected. There are a few who I don't interact with frequently, and don't interact with me much. They've not gone madly liking all my stuff or leaving comments. Nor have I looked at their profiles since I added them months ago. Yet they come up rather than others I interact with much more heavily. I don't feature on their pages, nor would I expect to as they have plenty of close friends on FaceBook.

But these people do go on Facebook more often than most, so it's possible even if we don't directly interact it's they just check my page more due to boredom or nostalgia or interest. Luckily I'm quite selective about my friends so I'm unworried by that, but it is intriguing...Plenty of people believe the 'random' people who come up are likely to look at their profiles. That might be wishful thinking if they are exes or crushes - I can see why we can't let what one may hope is true cloud judgement. However I have friends who I interact with around as infrequently, but I don't think are very interested in me (now distant friends on there for nostalgia's sake)and these people never come up :( It would make sense that they just aren't as interested, rarely look at my page, or don't have me on their news feed.

It's not based purely on mutual friends, as the friendship group I have the most mutual friends with doesn't often show up there (most of them are hardly ever on facebook, I email/text/meet them instead) so don't interact much with me there. So that's expected. I can imagine that number of tags together factors, as does time since last interaction, stuff like that.

To summarise, it doesn't appear purely random (otherwise those we don't interact with at all would be rotated through, and it wouldn't stick on a few people that ALWAYS SEEM TO BE THERE- even people with relatively few friends have a large group they interact with relatively infrequently with)

It's not those whose pages you visit the most or most recently (which is private info FaceBook claims it doesn't release, because I have barely ever been on some of these people's pages...)It's not purely based on interacting with people recently or a lot (lots of people claim that they have not interacted with some of these people recently or much)

But it may also factor in how much they visit your page? (which is also private info)A lot of people think so, and I wonder if that might explain the outliers that people wonder about.I like the suggestion that it might be those logged in right then, or logged in by phone (though when I checked, it wasn't the case...). I don't think there's one simple answer, probably all of these play into it.

This guy seems to have an interesting theory:
http://www.science20.com/alchemist/who_stalking_you_facebook_who_your_biggest_fan-75911

So far nobody's mentioned news feed, but I noticed it's all people I have on newsfeed, but never people who I have on news feed who I suspect have long deleted me off it (I have some lovely friends LOL)...

Whilst I don't believe random selection is impossible, I also know sites like Facebook would totally spend a lot of time developing algorithms thinking they can do better than simply featuring random people. They work hard trying to predict what will interest their users, targeting things to their audience. Perhaps they're trying to get you to connect with people you don't normally interact with (to rekindle old friendships or whatever), or perhaps they reckon that if someone's looking at your page, you're probably interested in them... who knows?

Other interesting opinions on the same topic:
http://www.gotknowhow.com/answers/how-does-facebook-determine-which-friends-appear-on-your-profile-sidebar
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110730122908AAXBEgq
http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2010/12/the_facebook_friends_box_how_it_chooses_who_to_display.html

Anonymous Visitor
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Alternatively, paste in this URL:
https://www.facebook.com/ajax/typeahead/search/first_degree.php?__a=1&filter=user&viewer=***userid***&token=&stale_ok=0

and replace ***userid*** with your User ID number found in your facebook profile URL to see the same list of people facebook thinks you stalk and loads pre-emptively when you activate the search box. I suspect some of them may rank highly because they search you...

Katie
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I kept seeing my ex on my list. I was hoping he was always viewing my FaceBook, unfortunately, I noticed that the rotation was a random selection of friends who are mobile and half were who I listed as "family."
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I agree with the person who said Facebook could only be the number 1 social site by cheating its way there, i too believe there is the stalker/viewer issue and i will give you my reasons. On that note you would have to see my research to make your own decision:

Firstly after breaking up with my ex girlfriend i actually stopped using facebook completely (i kind of realized it is number 1 killer for relationships). anyway knowing that my ex deleted and blocked me i noticed she still had a fake profile added to my profile, this was back from the days we used to double gift eachother on farmville etc. This fake profile though kept turning up on my friends list on the left side even 5-12 months after that breakup, that means the profile must have been stalking me. I rarely go on facebook.

Another more crazy one is the 'close friends' thing that appears at the top of the list, my family appears in 5 of 8 friends suggested but then guess what? 3 of the 8 people all have some relation to that ex girlfriend i just talked about and no i havent talked to her or been anywhere near her for 2 years! I hardly log in lol. My point is that these 3 people are as follows: her mum, her aunt and her best friend. Coincidence? I doubt it.. Her mum rarely uses Facebook so she must be looking at my profile (if it aint her its the ex logging into her account). Her aunt uses Facebook alittle more but she has 300 friends like most on my list, i mean why is it not my best friends who appear in the suggestions? Then finally my exes best friend, i believe it could be because she is online a lot but FOR 3 people who know my ex well just seems to good to be true.

I dont say this because i like my ex still but because it makes sense, facebook does track your followers or stalkers (if we can call it that). Take from that what you will but to me it is obvious.

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Just replying to my own comment, i forgot to add that when Facebook say 'its who you interact with most' this an easy way out for them to give a vague answer that cant be worked out in its entirety. The interacting could class as viewing another's profile, whether they combine it with other attributes i'm not sure. I always had a feeling that some people appear because it is 'mutual' viewing, meaning they look at you and you look at them but i doubt its that complicated. I have never looked at many peoples profiles on there but still they turn up on my list, i mean it could be someone else but its not.

Anonymous Visitor
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Well, it shows me friends who are dead, so I can assure you they're not checking out my profile... there goes that idea.

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