Facebook profile - “People you may know”

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Oct 19, 2017 14 Comments

Today I was checking my Facebook profile and saw almost all current and past co-workers suggested in “People you may know”.

How the hell do you know that all of them are/were related to me? For example, there was a co-worker from 7 years ago that I haven’t talked at all, but somehow FB knows that I may know this person.

Anyone from FB willing to clarify? The algorithm works amazingly well, but it scares me that FB knows all of this somehow.


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TOP 14 Comments
  • Oracle cyr
    It’s the “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” phenom. And since there is a clear identifiable connection to those you’re seeing, it’s a lot smaller degree. I’ll flow chart it in a future post 🤓
    Oct 19, 2017 5
    • Oracle / Eng Kern
      Oct 19, 2017
    • Microsoft / Eng

      Microsoft Eng

      Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
      Six degrees turned out to be false claim. The author never conducted full experiment and his claim was not even academic journal. It was just one persons's guess without proper experiement.
      Oct 19, 2017
    • Airbnb / Eng 0x00000000
      Fb actually did the study, and the avg was more like 3.9 or 3.5 degrees (somewhere in that range)
      Oct 20, 2017
    • F5 Networks / Sales

      F5 Networks Sales

      A spectre is haunting Blind (U+262D)
      I was super skeptical of this. But then it turns out that a family friend is friends with his agent.
      Oct 20, 2017
    • Oracle / Eng Kern
      One man’s anecdote doesn’t prove the premise. That said, I know someone who knows someone who used to detail his cars.
      Oct 20, 2017
  • Microsoft / Eng

    Microsoft Eng

    My side chick calls me 💩💰
    Bc they look you up and stalk you and then fb remembers
    Oct 19, 2017 0
  • Amazon BlueAvian
    Facebook uses over 100 inputs to decide who to show in "people you may know", according to a Facebook spokesperson. Some of these inputs are bound to be creepy.

    Oct 20, 2017 0
  • Talkdesk / Other kC5soF
    Some more info here about how it works. https://gizmodo.com/how-facebook-outs-sex-workers-1818861596
    Oct 19, 2017 1
    • General Mills

      General Mills

      Gerson Lehrman
      I didn’t quite get any info on how it actually works. Just that it’s creepy and you can’t stop it. Am I missing something?
      Oct 20, 2017
  • Facebook


    dev, human,
    It is a ML problem, you put in data and you have a connectivity model,
    Oct 20, 2017 0
  • Facebook / Other RandyOaks
    I'm not an engineer so I'm not responding as a "fb employee," but from what I have seen it is usually - friends of mutual friends, people you've emailed if you ever imported your email contacts, people who share the same education or work history, people you're in multiple groups with or people who go to the same events.
    Oct 20, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Eng amzdroid
    I got freaked out when I saw someone in the people you may know list, a colleague who chatted with me on the same day with a technical issue, who is totally unrelated to my team or location
    Oct 24, 2017 0
  • Amazon / Product

    Amazon Product

    Expedia, Deloitte
    Technical program manager
    Someone should add business rules to not show exes and partners exes as friends request too - sometimes it gets a guy in trouble !!
    Oct 22, 2017 0


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