Truth on Facebook orderedFriendsListInitialData
Monday, December 03, 2012

I'm sure many of you came across this image on Facebook recently. All I can tell you right now is that

It's not true.

I mean, it's not completely false. There is a possibility but it is not likely. There's a post that describes how they found out about that little piece of data. To sum it up, that piece of data is used when you search for people/things/games on the searchbar. They preloaded that data so that your search results appears almost immediately.

Where does the data come from? Facebook of course. These are pre-computed data based on the tons of information that you're leaking to Facebook. Oh, since I'm at this topic.

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention).
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Remember seeing something like this? Again, fake and useless. When you agreed to that ridiculously long page of terms & conditions, you've already gave the green light to Facebook for "selling your data". So if you're fretting over it, go take the time and read through the entire terms & conditions. I did anyway.

Back to the topic.
What metrics does Facebook use to generate that list? These are some, but not all of the factors.

  1. Common friends
  2. Friends of common friends
  3. Amount of times he/she visited your profile
  4. Amount of times you visited his/her profile
  5. Amount of times you've viewed profile of people related to him/her
  6. Games you play that he/she might play
  7. Recent interaction including shared posts, messages, wall posts, comments
  8. Whether you're in the same school/workplace
  9. Vicinity of your location

And many many other things Facebook take into account into generating your "profile". It's amazing to the point of frightening, how much data Facebook actually has on you. They pretty much mapped out all your possible friends and family and how close you are to someone.

Back to the main point, that OrderedFriendsLists I believe places huge emphasis on recent interactions you have with that person. The 2nd major factor is your searches, so it actually says more about your online stalking habits more than it says about the person who is possibly stalking you. Facebook wouldn't just give out such creepy data like this.

Well, don't go believing everything you see. Sometimes a little searching is all you need.

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awww sheyyyyyyyyt too bad I gueez

By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 5, 2012 at 9:13 AM  

Idk, over half of the people who were on my list are based on somewhere I -used- to live, not currently... and some of them I know for a fact I haven't looked at their profile in months- or contacted on FB (sometimes the good ole-fashioned phone or face-to-face will do)

By Anonymous Lauren D, at December 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM  

@Lauren D
Well, I'm not sure if the order of the numbers are in order of any sort, but the list also includes people that Facebook thinks you know. Basically, it's just trying to predict who you might be searching for. And from what you've said, seems like they got it pretty close (:

By Blogger Lelouch, at December 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM  

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By Blogger Christopher Kim Caceres, at December 12, 2012 at 2:52 AM  


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