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How does facebook determine which friend to appear on search box?

on typing initial letter on search box it picks up random friend... on what basis does facebook determine on whom to begin and to end the list??


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Facebook takes into consideration who is searching, not only whom/what the person is searching. So it tries to show the relevant results and picks a friend's page that you visit more often or have more common things or friends. And if “Ben” is not a friend of yours, it will pick Ben with whom you have more mutual friends.

Also, it will show you things located in your city or people who share the same school/workplace. It also gives high ranking to somebody/something that is more popular amongst FB users.

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