The formation of the top friends lists Facebook: Frequency of interaction, communication and long-standing element of chance

Weve all encountered this situation, leading to confusion, — Facebook brings to the table with the list of friends random school friend with whom you havent spoken for ten years, or a former colleague from my previous job, the existence of which you forgot you had. My boyfriend uses Facebook, but neither I nor he never interacted in the social network, except for a few joint events. No pictures, comments, likes, tags, marital status. However, when I asked him to go to his own page (for research purposes), in the column of friends on the left, where was displayed a total of nine people, was I, and in the first square.

And what was his reaction. “Thats because youre watching me, stop doing it!”. How Facebook ranks friends, is a real mystery and very disturbing.

Most of us dont evaluate people according to quantitative indicators, but in this case, for us, it makes a mysterious algorithm, and we cant control. Someone who “pursues” is one of the most personal and vulnerable components of the information, which owns the social network. Moreover, social media create a kind of feeling that, if you barely interacted with the people at the top of the friends list, it means he is watching you. It turns out that those, whose page do you often come, too, can understand.

The search results of Google show a lot of troubling questions on Quora and Reddit about how Facebook generates the friends list. People are afraid that the rating may indicate one-sided relationships, upset, what you see on the page who they are not cute, panicking at the thought that their secret feelings could be revealed, and someone begins to suspect her beloved of infidelity when he sees him in the top friends some cutie.

“Girl asked me about a few other friends in the top 9. I tell her I rarely communicate with them and have no idea why they pop up,” complained one of the users of Reddit. “My ex is up there in second position, although we havent spoken since December, and I havent checked her profile since then. Earlier I was chatting with a bunch of people, but why is she still there?”, — asked one.

The way to get accurate answers to these questions, because the details of the algorithms secret Facebook. But we know about some of the factors influencing the formation of the friends in the list, so you can contact them for tips. There are a few places to show friends in Facebook. If you click on the friends list, then the top will be people with whom we interact most often.

Another pattern displayed in the sidebar on the left. The third group of users is collected for the chat list and is on the right. Some of the names are displayed in the search bar when you click on it. Also distributes the social network friends according to categories.

Close friends, family, colleagues, classmates and so on. Some lists are generated automatically based on place of residence or work. It is assumed that the category “close friends”, the user must determine for himself, with Facebook itself offers put in there some people.

But most of all worried about the table with nine friends on the left. According to the social network, is a group of relevant users, collected as a hint. In other words, it is those people, to interact with the social network you subtly pushes. But if someone else visits your page, he sees this as the square of users, who already knows, and with which, perhaps, you want to talk.

This strategy makes sense for the advertising business model of a social network is to connect as many users as possible and make they with each other interacted. Algorithms calculate how often and how long have you been in contact with other people. Therefore, the appearance in this square random girls from the University means that the social network encourages you to communicate with those with whom you long to say, but have long been familiar. Also there may be people with whom youve befriended recently or those who have just published new post or photo.

But sometimes its just random people. The Facebook algorithms are constantly evolving — its the secret sauce of the company to promote new features.

Two years ago, the social network used the algorithm Edgerank, which took into account three factors to determine social proximity. How often users interact with each other, how long and how. Today the formula is more complex.

It uses machine learning and takes into account thousands of different data. But if we assume that the basic functions have stayed the same, the system is likely to give different weights to the interactions based on their types. The presence of the user to take pictures or visit with him actions are the best indicators of close contact, unlike “likes” and comments. You can get a clearer idea about algorithms, if you scroll down a page with your chronicle.

Facebook tracks and records everything you do on the site, so with a deep analysis you will be able to notice these minor interactions, which are probably long forgotten. Then there will be communication between people on your profile page and your actions in the past. Facebook has always maintained that its ranking algorithms take into account only public interaction, so do not look for the answers to the questions in personal conversations or views others profiles.

“We use a different classification for different departments (for friends on profile page, for a list of chats and so on). For each of them we develop the most appropriate ranking, but not using any private information..”. However, the question of secret persecution continues to excite users Facebook. I created a fake account and “made friends” with the real other, and then start the virtual chasing of this page in a few days.

However, a fake friend and has not appeared in any of my lists in a social network. I have also conducted several other experiments. For example, when I observed people in the photo or they celebrated me, they rose up in the lists. If we cease to interact with each other, they lost several positions in these groups.

Some things I was still surprised. I realized that Facebook recommends that I add to category “close friends” of those people whose pages I frequent. Their names appeared in the search bar when I typed the first letter (obviously, this list displays people with whom you are not “friends”, but whose pages youve visited recently).

I also tested a tool created by developers to connect user to Facebook API, and disclosure of rating friends. For me it was a real mystery, why are the names arranged in a list in a certain order. The people I were following were on higher positions in contrast to the other. It was noticeable that users, whose page I visited and whose photographs have been viewed, was found to be higher in the source code.


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