Facebook friend suggestions - how doe...
Jonty

Elmhurst, NY

#426 Jul 30, 2011
It definitely suggests people who have searched for you on FB, or whom you have searched for.

Just recently I decided to search for a couple of estranged family members on a whim. I came across the FB account of a cousin I have not seen in at least 25 years. We have never had any kind of digital contact at all and in fact he lives in a different country than me now. Nor has anyone in my immediate family had any kind of contact with him. Anyway, I looked through his wall posts a while and that was that.

The next day, he appeared in my "people you may know" list. This to me is rock solid proof that Facebook records whom is searching for whom and factors that information into their connection algorithms. It's a little unnerving since it means you are not totally anonymous when browsing for people on Facebook. If I appear in my cousin's "people you may know" list, and he is aware of the way in which Facebook determines these things, he will know that I have searched for him.

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TAM

Everett, WA

#427 Jul 30, 2011
I know the exact solution to this.

I've noticed several "friend suggestions" that do not have any mutual friends with, but I've seen at school or have only communicated by email from school projects.

When I search these random facebook names on my email, I notice these names come up from people I also have done craigslist deals with.

CREEPY. Facebook needs to stay out of my freakin email.
CharlesM

Ilford, UK

#428 Jul 30, 2011
Without a doubt FB are doing some untoward here.

If you create a new hotmail account for a very random user within a week that random user (who does not even have a FB account will be suggested to you)

If you then log into the random users hotmail account they have a FB request telling them they have friends waiting for them on FB!

FB cannot be trusted
NRD

Europe

#429 Aug 6, 2011
I'm surprised that no one (that I've read) has also made the connection to the advertising on FB. If I search and/or send an email about something (say, for example, sailing vacations), I immediately get a customized advert in FB for something similar. Clearly FB is reading our emails and giving us suggestions, in the form of friend requests and adertisements. This is freaky.
mshanti

Los Angeles, CA

#430 Aug 11, 2011
I think it looks at your activities, friends, schools, etc and finds matches based on that. I am attending school and will get matches based on that but today I got a match from someone I dated and he has a private setting so I am not sure what would have been listed that was the same. It was a bit freaky to me to see his picture and name there.
I know if you have the feature where you give your email address and password, it will find matches but I haven't done that. Other than this person it hasn't come up with anyone else that seems odd to be on my list.
j-bloger

San Diego, CA

#431 Aug 15, 2011
I created a new gmail with no contact, info and never used it. Then I and then created a blank facebook account with no info and now friends at all nothing. 2 weeks later It was suggesting all my closest friends to me. Its a total invasion of privacy. Look out! It must be capturing traffic data from my network. There is no other explanation.
Jesse

Brighton, MA

#432 Aug 15, 2011
OMG, I am shocked to know that I am not alone!
I was creeped out too- for several months last year 2010 summer these creepy suggestions happened, then recently since past 6 months they stopped.
My friend and I were just "talking" about a guy 'she' dated. That 'very' day he appeared in my suggestions! I mean out of millions of people? I aboslutely have no idea who this guy is, he lives in the same city as me, but apart from that I have no connection with him and no common friends. I am not a part of any network neither do I have any cities in my info.
But apart from this super weird incident, I always even wondered about the "auto complete" like names that come up when I start typing in the search box on top on my facebook page. I have several friends strating with the letter A, but when I type the letter A, the girl I have a crush on, her name comes up! She and I never had any common friends initially and still her name would come up. Now we do have common friends, but I don't interact with these common friends on FB. Yet the 1st priority that FB autocompletes is 'Amanda', instead of other of my friends whose names begin with A. I always thought that it was a message from god that she too likes me - but I guess not!:-(
Anonymous

Rialto, CA

#433 Aug 24, 2011
I believe Jonty is correct and it suggests people who are viewing your profile. After searching for a few people(people I had no intention of contacting) I noticed some odd "coincidences". I also think it ties in with the names that come up in the search box. I think every move you make is cached on their servers. Or maybe it's a glitch in the system. Very creepy.

I know further back in this thread someone said Facebook confirmed this isn't possible. Think about it though, why would FB admit to something that could result in a class action lawsuit against them. They aren't being truthful. It is a total invasion of privacy and it's very unsettling. If I wanted to contact these people I would have when I looked at their profiles. For those who say they created different accounts to test this and it didn't pan out, maybe it doesn't do it all the time, but I am convinced it does happen.
Nirvana

United States

#434 Aug 24, 2011
I think that the only possible explanation is that Facebook has programs that are searching and pulling names from e-mail. And yes, this is highly unethical. And yes, as far as I know it's quite illegal. And no, I haven't a clue how Facebook has continued to get away with this, but it is thoroughly disturbing.

I, like most likely every person viewing this thread, came across it when running a search for "Facebook friend suggestions," because I was getting friend suggestions that were not logical within the known paradigms of information gathering. It repeatedly suggests my father, who, being slightly more paranoid than I, does NOT and never has had a Facebook account. We share the same last name, but it is not an uncommon one and it has never suggested random people with that last name.

The tipping point for me, though, is that it has repeatedly suggested my aunt who has a different last name, is over 60 years old and does not, to my knowledge, have a Facebook account.

... What implications does this have? I have no idea. I don't view Facebook as anything more than a corporation; its goals are purely financial.... That said, Bernhard Madoff has shown us most recently what people will do in the name of advancing those goals, and on what scale some people are capable of acting in the name of theft.

I'm tempted to delete my account, but I fear their worm programs have already gathered any information about me that they can use ... The deal appears to have been done.... Pretty awful.
dado_sine

Dugo Selo, Croatia

#435 Aug 25, 2011
Well, i believe the key is in the confirmation mail that is sent by FB Team to your account.
I, purposely, didn't answer on it expecting what will happen. And nothing happened... my account is still active on FB without replaying on confirmation mail but FB hasn't yet figured out the "real friends suggestions".
Now, if they don't figure it out than "confirmation mail" is a scam that allows them to dig through your mails and address book.
But if they eventually succeed in finding out than they either have a deal with providers (in my case Yahoo) or simply hacking you.
In any case it "smells fishy" !!
dado_sine

Dugo Selo, Croatia

#436 Aug 25, 2011
Uhhh... it's quite complicated.
FB has quite sophisticated system of tracking. There are several ways they collect infos:
- if someone send you request for friendship, but it can be sent automatically by FB according to intensity of sending e-mails lately and has nothing to do with you having a FB account or not
- if you response to FB confirmation mail they will automatically access your history and contacts (through your IP address)
- if someone lists you as a friend on FB

These are basic ones and I've tested them several times during last week, and proved absolutely accurate.

Now here's a catch... FB couldn't reach my account while I was on work because our server and system do high security check through getaway with provider and by using dislocated firewall. They actually use virtual version of IP address so hacking would first to have go though that and those IPs are changing quite frequently.(our GM is actually obsessed with internet security even we don't really need that). The moment I got home and connected they "pivked me up".
Guys, someone should really do something ona legal side of the problem. Let's face it many of us use FB from our business computers and it could open a Pandora's Box in security questions.
Prem

Stavanger, Norway

#437 Aug 30, 2011
Manny Goldstein wrote:
I would also like to know much more about this feature.
I have only a tiny number of friends on Facebook and was really surprised at the suggestions made. Some were clearly from the small number of Friends that I did have, this was very easy to establish.
I thought that Facebook got some others by gaining access to my address book. I use a MAcBook and use the Address Book application. Strangely enough, when I checked some of the suggested friends I found that I had not included them in my Address Book.
This led me to consider whether Facebook could access my email application and take email addresses that I have sent or received.
Can Facebook do this?
yes facebook do this..its not strange thing for that who can make such progarm like creating logic, mutual friends conncting.. if u ever sent a mail to anybody, or somebody sent to you. or someone trying to search u again and agin or visiting your profile. or there are many logic behin friends suggestion
expert

Woodstock, GA

#438 Aug 30, 2011
How does it suggest people who don't even have an account? I don't think it does that.
Nirvana wrote:
I think that the only possible explanation is that Facebook has programs that are searching and pulling names from e-mail. And yes, this is highly unethical. And yes, as far as I know it's quite illegal. And no, I haven't a clue how Facebook has continued to get away with this, but it is thoroughly disturbing.
I, like most likely every person viewing this thread, came across it when running a search for "Facebook friend suggestions," because I was getting friend suggestions that were not logical within the known paradigms of information gathering. It repeatedly suggests my father, who, being slightly more paranoid than I, does NOT and never has had a Facebook account. We share the same last name, but it is not an uncommon one and it has never suggested random people with that last name.
The tipping point for me, though, is that it has repeatedly suggested my aunt who has a different last name, is over 60 years old and does not, to my knowledge, have a Facebook account.
... What implications does this have? I have no idea. I don't view Facebook as anything more than a corporation; its goals are purely financial.... That said, Bernhard Madoff has shown us most recently what people will do in the name of advancing those goals, and on what scale some people are capable of acting in the name of theft.
I'm tempted to delete my account, but I fear their worm programs have already gathered any information about me that they can use ... The deal appears to have been done.... Pretty awful.
Anonymous

Rialto, CA

#439 Aug 31, 2011
Yesterday I made a post to allfacebook about this subject. I went to look for it today and the thread was gone. GONE. Further evidence that FB is up to no good.

Beddengoed

Netherlands

#440 Sep 7, 2011
In this world its misty who pays who for what information. Go work in a telecenter that make salescalls. You would be stunned to see what they know about people they call. This stinks, is rotten, but goes way beyond FB. Though FB makes it more creapy by unsing this info in a big-brother way right in your face. What about a FB/microsoft deal? What if they post your mailaddress to live.com and get back all emailaddresses that you ever recieved from/sent to? Bingo. Big money for MS, great profile update for FS.

One other lead, I added a link to my profile. That site links to other sites (portfolio). Since than FB begun suggest people related to that projects. Possibly becouse there FB profiles, close friends or there websites are linking to the same site?

Its clear that FB goes very far in determining who to suggest. Too far? I think so, but cannot prove it.
Beddengoed

Netherlands

#441 Sep 7, 2011
For example, I linked to http://kinderbeddengoed.com and next day, the site owner is suggested to me.
Note, I linked it from my website. NOT from my profile!
cra

Sanford, FL

#442 Sep 11, 2011
FREAKY!!!!

I created my first and only fb account the other day. Fake first name/last name. No personal info entered at all. And at this point I had never searched for anyone nor friended anyone. The ONLY thing fb had was my email address.

As soon as the account was created, it had all these suggestions for friends - people I actually know. Some of whom I've never met and only emailed before.

Is this PROOF they're seeing more on your PC than you've given them permission to see?
MichelleLeaAnn

Brooklyn, NY

#443 Sep 20, 2011
A neighbor popped up in my "people you may know." We do not know eachother's emails. He doesn't know my last name. The only connection I have to this person is: He lives next door, and I have his number saved on my phone. I NEVER SYNCED CONTACTS OR CHECKED IN ANYWHERE. My neighborhood is not listed. I never gave fb my number.

The suggestion was creepy enough that I disabled my account. My privacy is not worth keeping contact with aquaintances.
soso

Toronto, Canada

#444 Sep 27, 2011
If somebody look up your name or email address, even if your profile is private, you will have that person in your suggested friends.
expert

Woodstock, GA

#445 Sep 27, 2011
Soso, what's your name and email? I'll test it.

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