Facebook just keeps getting creepier and creepier.
January 9, 2012 4:35 PM Subscribe
How does Facebook know my ex-boyfriend's name, and why is it showing me the profile of someone with the same name as a search result before any of my actual friends?
posted by ootandaboot to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last night I typed the first two letters of a friend's name into the search box at the top of Facebook. Let's say her name is "Joanna" - I typed in "Jo". In the list of results that pops up as you type, the first hit was the name of an ex-boyfriend, "John Doe". I can't see much of the profile, but what I can see indicates that it's not actually the ex in question, but is someone else from the same (small, remote) part of the world with the same name. I am not and never have been friends with John Doe on Facebook (to my knowledge he didn't have a profile). Now someone else with his name is coming up and is being listed as a search result above all of my actual friends who match the search query.
What's going on? How does Facebook know I dated a John Doe? And why is it serving up some other John Doe as the first result in a search for "Jo"? Bonus: can I make it stop?