(Closed) New to Facebook – Silly question

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I actually dont know the answer to this! But I really wish I did because I have definitely looked at people’s pages who I really hope dont find out. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think from experience, it bases it on mutual friends and past history, such as school, work, etc.

If you are seeing them being suggested, they are probably seeing you too. But don’t worry, it’s not because you searched for them. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

That’s an interesting question –  I started using FB when it first came out but I’ve always wondered that too. I often see suggestions of friends who have 1 or no mutual friends and ntothing else in common with me and I wonder who these people are..and if they were somehow searching for me.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

rittenhousenewbee:  are they possibly some your old school or workplace? I find this a lot, and it’s usually through a single mutual friend or they were at the same school as I was bit years apart 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

 

Carolsays:  I looked at an old HS friend’s facebook page by searching for him by name, but didn’t request to be his friend, and then the next day he sent me a private message asking how I was doing. This is purely speculation, but I’m guessing I showed up in his friend suggestions.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I don’t think that’s how it works. I once did a search for someone with my same name because someone used one of my email addresses to sign up for facebook. I have also looked up the names of potential scammers when selling things online (to see if it’s a legit person) and none of these have ever showed up in the people I may know. 

I think it’s purely based on friends of friends. 

But you can test it out by looking up some random person profile and then see if they show up there after. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Carolsays:  right but chances are that person would have mutual friends with you. You could create a fake account with no friends and try that. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The Facebook algorithm suggests friends based on mutual friends, work, places you’ve visited, any facebook groups you’re a part of, and a number of other things (including but not limited to your phone number and profile views). This is a fairly recent thing – when I joined facebook in 2004, the ability to search was limited to 4 year university networks. Now it’s much more intrusive (and in my opinion defeats the entire point of Facebook’s initial “exclusivity”). You do not have the ability to turn off the algorithm but you can change your settings to restrict the friend requests you do receive.

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