What is the Facebook friends algorithm?
May 19, 2012 11:32 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to figure out the Facebook friends algorithm. Because I'm nosy.
posted by rose selavy to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So, I know that Facebook never gives away the game when it comes to who looks at your profile, but I'm curious. In my friends list (on Timeline), there is definitely some sort of hierarchical order, most of my good friends being at the top. When I look at other friends' lists, THEIR good friends are at the top (sometimes me, hurrah!).
This leads me to believe it's a "people you interact most with" algorithm, which seems straightforward. However - some people that I rarely interact with, when I click on their list, have ME very near/at the top. Which makes me think, huh. In what sort of way does Facebook think WE have been interacting? i.e. are these people 'stalking' me? (Not using this term seriously of course).
I thought that maybe the friends list is a subjective list tailored to the viewer, rather than an objective list, but this seems not to be the case. Often on friend's lists, people who I have never interacted with/viewed their profile are at the top, and they're people I know to be good friends with the person.
I'm just curious, and have too much time in my hands, I know. But it seems like there is some sort of secret information that Facebook is subtly giving away here and I want to know what it is, dammit. Does anybody have any insider information?
(ps. I'm talking about the main list after 'mutual friends'.)