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How does Facebook determine which Friends appear on your Facebook Profile sidebar?

Why do some Facebook friends appear more often on your Facebook Profile sidebar. Is there a known reason why some friends picture will show up more than others in the facebook sidebar?


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idk i want to know bc all the the same axact ppl in a diff order have been on my profile all day! and of all of them only one guy, but i dont go on fb that much just today i was on a lot.... i reloaded the page back to back and sometimes no change in order
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my FB profile


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this is really bugging me. my ex bf and one of my best friends keep showing up on each others' sidebars. she always used to tell me that he was no good etc so i don't know if she would be looking at his because she likes him or if she finds his strange behaviour worth a look, but he is on hers. if it's just people that look at yours then why is he on hers too? and it's almost every week even when they both get a new batch. i want to ask her about it but at the same time i don't want to give her ideas that he might be looking at hers. they have never had any public interaction. all of the other people on hers make sense. another thing though, i look at his profile probably more than anyone else but don't always show up so maybe it's who views longest?
I maybe able to help. I have a person who appears on my profile and I don't veiw their profile at all, infact I can't stand this person and I am only friends with them to keep drama from happening. About a few weeks back I messaged them back in forth, maybe 5 times. I don't view their posts on facebook, actually I ended up unsubscribing from the posts but keeping them as a friend. And they keep popping up on my profile, I'm pretty sure is based on profile views, because face to face when i talk to her she mentions something relating to some facebook posts I made or one I commented on someone else's status. This person must be going to my profile. So it's possible your friend is taken interest in your ex and they are somehow keeping in contact whether it be messaging or just viewing eachother profile. –  helpfulhand  Jun 23rd, 2012 at 9:22 PM


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i have a huge interest for one person from my friend list, and sometimes i notice my own face in his list on the left, though he has about 2000 friends on FB, and we don't interract (likes, comments, chat, etc)
i turned my attantion on it, because there are always the same faces there, obviously his close friends, and somewhy i started apperaring there.

my own list is closed, only i can see it. and he also appears in my list.
well, i could explain with me stalking him quite often, so he's in my top. but then i can't explain me showin up at his'.

i also noticed, that i swow up at those friends' lists, who watch my profile for sure, even if we don't interact much.

btw, how do you think, do others see this list the way it's owner sees it, or they may see absolutely different people there ?
Source(s):
my fb
how odd ... today from my main page i see one list, and from the fake - an other with very little people in comon. and from my page there's no me, from fake - there is –  baby_racoon  Sep 26th, 2011 at 4:09 AM


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"The friends that show up at the top of your sidebar are people you’ve interacted with frequently or recently on Facebook. This part updates dynamically." From the facebook website. ^___^
then, under interraction they evidently imply views too
because i often see people whom i don't tag, comment, leave "likes" and vice versa –  baby_racoon  Sep 21st, 2011 at 5:54 AM
Which friends appear in the chat sidebar? Can I add specific friends?

This is the question of the link u've provided.So this means on chat side bar (that is visible only to oneself) tht list contains the persons u've interacted recently??
So in left side the profile that is viewd to our friend conatins random or we can say whom we hve most of the time open interactions thts called public interaction...

I'hope tht must be clered to ALL!!!!!!! –  racheljensen  Nov 22nd, 2011 at 3:09 PM


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Ok i'm not sure how they are found, but i'm pretty sure it can't be random because i just refreshed my Facebook page 6 times then logged out, waited and logged back in and the SAME people were there the whole time, only 2 oh whom i actually talk to or interact with. Weirdd
Facebook will "cache" your sidebar, so you will see the same 10 friends for a period of time (sometimes in a different order), that's the reason you saw the SAME people on your sidebar.

In computer terminology, a "cache" is a component that transparently stores data so that future requests for that data can be served faster. –  Answers  Sep 23rd, 2011 at 5:10 PM


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its who visits your page the most
not all of them. maybe a small percent. in my list constantly appear people, who surely don't visit my page –  baby_racoon  Sep 25th, 2011 at 7:56 PM


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I got a question for you peeps…..


Has anyone hovered their mouse over there username on a post of there’s or done a group invite and invited all their friends?

As I get the same rotation of 10-12 people in the five spots all the time when I do these two things in the list of people. However, it is mostly different people than my profile sidebar.

It might be the people I am stalking, but I can never be sure.

Also, when I hover my mouse over one of my friends it gives mainly all the people that we have in common randomly in fives. I am pretty sure its ALL the people in common.

Any Theories?


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P.S. Also this same list of friends appear when I hover my mouse over my profile picture in any and all posts that I make.


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So I read what Facebook has to say about it, but why is this girl always on mine if we've almost never talked on Facebook and rarely attend a Facebook event together? The weird part is that I've been thinking about asking her out.
Source(s):
My facebook page
Facebook's FAQ or something.


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It's the people who visited your profile or is stalking you hard ;)
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You always see people you know on the side not some random people the people you talk to the most!


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I think it is largely who views your profile because there is a girl who likes me but we never talk on facebook or are tagged in any pictures together nor does she comment or like any of my posts yet she always shows up on my sidebar. I view her profile a lot too but I don't think it is based on who's profile you view because there is another girl who comments and likes a bunch of my posts but I don't even know who she is. I have literally never viewed her profile yet she appears on my side bar as well. Then I noticed that it is also not about who you are posted or tagged in pictures with because none of the people I have recently been tagged in pictures with show up on my sidebar. I also just became facebook friends with this girl the other day that I had been talking to for a while on an online forum and she shows up on my sidebar too.

I think it is a mix of who's online that you commonly interact with and then who views your profile the most. The people who show up on your sidebar when they're not online are probably people who view your profile a lot. And also who has viewed it recently.


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it's most definitely not someone you interact with the most (like wallposts, likes, comments, etc.) i interact with my 3 best friends the most and literally NONE of them appear on my sidebar! haha, like people are saying, it might be someone that views your profile the most / vice versa. i'm always looking at my crush's wall & he always the only person that appears on the sidebar. & i have over 700 friends. hahaha. people are saying that he likes me back so he could possibly be stalking me too (; i think that it's people that you view the most & people that stalk your wall!


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Hello all,
I have been wondering if this new profile features have also something to do with the way (and the algorithms used) to display the top list of friends on the chat sidebar. It seems they behave kind of similarly... and as I was doing my own research, I ran into one of the FB developers... commenting as follows:
<quote> Over the last year, the messages team has been working to make it easier to have one on one conversations with your friends. In November, we launched the new messages, which brings together your chats, texts, emails and messages all in one place.<end quote> Source: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150223135..., Phillip Su, gone on record on July 6th 2011. It clearly indicates that FB is mixing all these factors to detect and rank our friends. So... to those who hinted about the multiple use of algorithms, I want to say... it seems to me that is the explanation... and would add, to make thinks murky (and avoid perhaps some privacy lawsuits) they must be throwing in some random users too... just to keep us all in the dark.... So, we have all those variables thrown at once to select the list of friends plus pick a couple of random ones... and you will have your answer. :) -voila... I think I am done with my research. I hope this helps you a bit. Next thing... just to be sure is to ask this guy directly and see if he ventures to clarify it or confirm this summary... he he he


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My ex bf keeps popping up in mine and i last looked at his profile sometime early this year, i never talk to him anymore... so now im curious ahaha


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becauase they've veiw your profile the most


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I think it's the people who stalk you the most.
I started liking this guy a few weeks ago and I was in a whole stalking phase where I would just visit his facebook pg a lot. after a while, I noticed that I was always in his sidebar.
then recently, I stopped going on his page. and when I finally went on his pg for the first time yesterday, I wasn't in his sidebar anymore. but now he's always showing up in mine(; so maybe this is just wishful thinking..


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There is no such thing as random in computer algoriithms,,,..every 'random' calculation is based on a 'seed' value. I guess the seed value is FBs well guarded secret.


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I know the whole "Whose been viewing your profile the most" idea has been used already but I completely agree. I think it's kinda creepy and I don't know why facebook would decide to use it like that but I don't have any other explanation. Okay what really got me into looking this up was exactly who my facebook was choosing to display as my top online friends, and also the friends who would display when I was offline and looking at my chat. A Girl who i've been friends with on facebook for well over a year and have many posts wall-to-wall with each other never shows up on my top chat list (when offline and looking at list). However, a girl I've added say about 2 weeks ago is on there every, single, day. I literally have no posts, likes, comments, or anything with this girl, besides 1 fundraising event that we both attended.

I also believe who appears in your search bar whenever you type just 1 letter is also decided by who is viewing your profile the most. Again a different girl who I talk to occasionally, and have been talking to for a long time, over facebook that used to show up all the time when I typed in "W" and was no.1 for when I took the "top 10 friends" quiz has stopped showing up recently. Instead the first person who pops up now when I type W is my girlfriend's ex boyfriend whom I'm not even friends with and only have 4 or so mutual friends with.

Anyway, I definitely need to know the exact logarithm for this so I can stop freaking about and thinking who is stalking my profile when some of the people who are showing up would creep me out if they were visiting my page more then people I interact with on a daily basis.


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Can anyone tell me why everytime I log into faccebook, the list of friends on the left hand side of my profile always shows the same selection of friends? Also can you tell me how to change this?

Thanks
Facebook will "cache" or "save in memory" your friends list so you may see the same friends in profile sidebar when you go back to facebook. By caching the sidebar, facebook doesn't have to query their database as often, thus saving them resources/ megabytes.

The only way to change this is for Facebook to actually change how they handle the profile sidebar. Or get new friends... remove existing friends... hide certain friends in your news feeds... or start interacting with other friends. –  Answers  Oct 17th, 2011 at 4:00 PM


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It isn't who is viewing your profile I don't think. It's more based on whose profile you view because I have dead friends who show up on there. I view their profile very often, but they aren't viewing mine...so yeah.


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this actually really annoys me cause my ex is always on the little sidebar & i made a note not to stalk him so he wouldn't show up but he's always there & i was thinking maybe it's because i wrote happy birthday on his wall & i also liked a picture of him cause i was there but it seems a little extreme to still put him there cause i have 700 friends who i contact a lot more often.....so my conclusion is it's the ones who stalk you.


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Facebook uses Internet Protocol to have the folks appear in your Who You May Know List, Plus people that open your profile will show up in the list too such as folks wanting to hire you for a job, ex spouses boyfriends, girlfriends EXT. Simply block them or deactivate your account after checking your messages EXT.
Back to Internet Protocol. This is your IP address on the machine you use. Facebook delivers cookies to your machine when you log in. Simply delete cookies after logging out. The cookies are stored on servers thus tells facebook everywhere you go online. They work even if you log out and don't delete the cookies. So wake everyone. Your being watched! LOL


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I know everybody, including me, is hoping it's 'the one who stalk your profile the most".

However, after some extensive testing I have come to the conclusion it's just not the case.
About half of the people in your sidebar are completely random, while the other half are the ones you interacted with through likes, comments, tags on each others posts.

About three weeks ago I added a coworker to my facebook and we agreed that we wouldn't do anything (no comments, likes) and that she wouldn't visit my page.
Only me would go to her page every single hour and refresh her page (ctrl+F5, refresh) 15 times in a row every visit. I would also browse her extensive picture collection (without liking or commenting on one of them)

Three weeks later, I am still not on her sidebar, while there can be no doubt about her - as promised, I outstalked her page and there is no one who could have beaten me to it, the way I did it. Neither has she ever appeared in my sidebar so far.

So no, as much as I hoped it would have been - none of the people in your sidebar are based on the profiles you visit or get visited by the most.

so sad :'(
The one problem I see with this Test, is that you just became friends with her. It's quite possible that Facebook doesn't rank "new" friends very highly. Just a thought... But I agree with the assessment that a little less than half the people are probably random, while the other half is based on a close friend / stalker relationship algorithm. However, I also think that they are constantly tweaking this or may in fact have more than one algorithm that is used in conjunction to determine the sidebar, so that it changes much more and isn't so static all the time. –  Answers  Oct 20th, 2011 at 2:33 PM


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The list seems to change when you appear offline. Does anybody have any idea why? I feel that it when you go offline, the list shows people you interact with most + the ones you view the profile of most while the when you are online, its the people who visit your profile the most and the ones you interact with?


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its been questioned that the people on your side bar are the people who look at your wall the most but i have asked those people and they actually dont its the people who are on facebook the most out of all your friends appear on the little side bar. so just pay attention of who is on the most and most likely they will appear on your friends list
Source(s):
me and askin the people


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I also wondered that before but then I reached and finally broke the Facebook's Algorithm.
It is NOT the person(s) who stalks to you frequently that shows on the side bar. It is the tags, comments, likes and interaction to friends are the factors. THIS IS THE ALGORITHM OF FACEBOOK. THERE IS NO BASIS FOR STALKERS. In my own facebook activities, I am always and everyday visiting a one friend's profile but I, myself doesn't show frequently to her sidebar. "Only once in a blue moon!!!", and that's because of the tags, comments, likes and interaction with her. Nothing to do with the stalking or visiting to her profile.

And as Facebook, themselves already said there is no way we can find out who is(are) seeing our profile. Which means the tagging, commenting and liking interaction and activities are only the factors why these friends keep showing on our side bar.

Source(s):
my experience, analysis and opinion
Hah. This is a joke. Authoritatively-stated conclusions written in all caps might convince a 6-year old, but not educated people used to hot air and bull***t. "Source: my experience, analysis, and opinion." WTF? How about filling us in on what those wiggle words mean, Sherlock?

It's pretty obvious from this webpage (and many other others out there on this topic) that a person can create a fake FB identity, stalk their own profile, and then have the fake identity show up in the real FB friends sidebar despite NO other interaction. Forget what stories FB is telling: of course they're not going to divulge critically secret (and most importantly PROPRIETARY) information on how their algorithms work. If they told the truth that stalkers produce FB sidebar hits, there would be another privacy-rights uproar which they don't need. –  ice2345  Jun 8th, 2012 at 8:36 PM


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My dad created a facebook profile with a fake alias. No mutual friends and only belonged to the network of a high school that I have no affiliation with. He used our last name backwards as his name. my profile can be viewed by the public. He came up as one of my suggested friends and admitted to viewing my profile because he was curious... I think it is entirely possible that facebook uses views to determine who comes up on your chat... I don't know how anyone can be certain that they don't anyway...
Source(s):
personal experience


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I noticed something about the search bar. on my first initial I was second, but first on my last initial...Now after refreshing my page numerous times, I ended up first with both on my initials. This may in fact be, who ever is looking at your profile the most because I didn't surpass that person until I keep refreshing the page. My crush just so happens to show up first with both of his initials as well, and it has been months that he has stayed there...


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I don't think anyone really has the answer, and whoever does will not reveal the full truth here because not only do I see quite a bit of conflicting details and opinions here, but I also see a lot of things said and hypothesized that completely contradict what happens with my friend sidebar. However, I do notice the ONE similarity that a majority of us notice and can agree on, and that is the fact that PROFILE VIEWING DOES effect the sidebar and plays a role in who shows up!

I speak to very few people in chat, and NONE of those people ever show up there. I have quite a few people I interacted with for a long period of time and they VERY RARELY, IF EVER showed up there. But, I do notice that the people I would suspect to be "spying" on my profile (for certain specific reasons) DO show up there, and in addition to that, I tried an experiment which revealed the truth - and the truth is that profile viewing plays a role towards who shows up TO A CERTAIN DEGREE. Yes, I do get these "random" people I used to talk to a lot a few months back, and also some girl who only logs in every month or even two months before "disappearing" again (but for some reason was in that sidebar 90% of the time from May-August), but for the most part, I notice that the people who I know would be viewing my profile are the ones that show up most!

I wont reveal my experiment since doing so would make who I am highly obvious if I explained it in detail to anyone who might happen to be here from my friends list (and I also want to protect my "Hottsoundz NOW" name since that's my anonymous name on the net), but I'll just say that the experiment worked WONDERS at finally solidifying proof that views/viewing does play a role!

I'm just glad that now, for the most part, I can tell who has looked at my profile recently. What's even more convenient is that this ONLY works for people you have, or used to frequently interact with. If it's some random person you never spoke to (or in other words, someone you don't care about) visiting your profile, or some brand new added friend, then they will (most likely) not show based on viewing - until you start having an interaction with them for some period of time (and you also wont see yourself show on theirs when you visit their profile). I also notice THE SAME RESULTS when I'm completely logged out, viewing my profile as an "outsider", just in case anyone was interested to know that.

Now, I must mention that I do not have any "tagged" family members or specific types of labeled relationships with people where people could easily see what my precise relationship to certain people are, so those of you who do have relationship statuses tagged, may, of course, get different results due to doing that.
Source(s):
Facebook Myth Busting, Some Intentional Experimenting, Accidental Discoveries, & Exclusive Sidebar Investigation


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I'm pretty sure it's who views your profile the most. Because this girl who likes me but never comments/likes anything is always on mine.

 And another girl who I have a crush on, when I 'stalk' her profile a lot, I appear on her sidebar, but when I don't for a couple of days, I'm not there.

Source(s):
Personal experience.


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UPDATE:
The Facebook press office emailed me to state that the friends list on the new profile is categorically not down to who is clicking on your profile. According to their statement - it is organised according to who you have had the most public interaction with in the past month and a half.

We quote the Facebook spokesperson:

"The Friend's list default view is now ordered by the amount of public interaction you have with the friends in your network. When you navigate to your friends page you will see up to 50 friends with whom you have had the most public interaction within the past month and a half. These friends are displayed in a random order. The order will change every time you refresh your friends page. An alphabetical ordering of friends is still available by clicking on the second list icon to the right of the "Search friends."
The key phrase is "interaction" in that statement. Interaction can mean a lot of things including who's viewing your profile. –  Answers  Oct 30th, 2011 at 9:29 PM


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Hi all!
And what do you think it can mean, if i appear in my crush's list, and he appears in mine as well ?

I can admit that he watches me, but it also can be, that in both cases it happens because i stalk him alot, and his actions have nothing to do with it ? ..


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I think it is based on who view you the most because I am viewing my crush's profile most of the time and I appear on his sidebar (embarrassing right?) but what I noticed is he is on my side bar too, that's why I bet that it's not a random pick, because that looks like a miracle incidence that we are on each others sidebar if it is a random pick only, so I am hoping that he is viewing my profile too. LOL but the other 5 on my featured friends are my close friends which I know that they are really looking alot to my profile even if I refresh my page many times he is always on my sidebar and I am on his, Then I get a help from my friend who is in other country from mine to view our profiles and She still see the same, I am on his side bar and he is on mine. so maybe it is a WHO VIEW YOU sidebar.
Source(s):
based on my observation


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The sideber basically shows whos recently viewed your profile.
Source(s):
Jesus.


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i believe it is quite a complex algorithm, otherwise SOMEONE is bound to have figure it out by now. There are quite a few variables from what i have seen, although what some people say directly contradicts what another says. I however do know it DOES have to do with how many times you view someones profile. I like a guy, and talked to him over IM twice. we have mutually liked about two statuses and were both tagged in one picture and both commented. this is barely ANY public interatction, however he has been on my friend sidebar for a month. there is SOME public interaction, but very little compared to MANY of my other friends. there are also friends i am close to, and random. truth be told besides my close friends i really have no idea who would be stalking my profile i dont thing anyone would. also, this person i like as far i know i have never been on his friend sidebar


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I am quite sure friends appear more often on your Facebook Profile sidebar are those who've been online on FB for the last few hours. That's all.
and when it comes to a person, who has over 2k contacts, but in the list on the left always appear the same faces ? –  baby_racoon  Nov 6th, 2011 at 7:01 PM


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Well for all you people who say its whoever I talk to most or have stuff in common with . . there are people there i dont ever talk to nd dont have friends incommon with me . . . so that cant be true . .


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I have my ex keep showing up in my sidebar ALWAYS and that sucks!
I never look up his profile, and NEVER interact with him on fb coz we hid our relationship from public. Well maybe we both tagged in some group pics, but that's from almost 2 years ago.
The logical explanation is that he keeps checking out my profile. What do you guys think about that?


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I don't think it's who views your profile the most, I think it's who has viewed your profile most recently. In my experiments, I can make someone show up just by telling them to visit my page.

I love all the posts from people who say "I never look at their page, but I keep on showing up in their friends list."
Source(s):
Umm, I know it all....


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I really want a way to keep my interactions from showing up all over facebook world. I don't mind the sidebar so much, but I hate that everything I do is shown to everyone. I am assuming there is no way to keep me from popping up on others sidebars???


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its the very recent viewers . if you check back an hour later nd they are still there that means for the whole day the visited your page more than 3 times either tat or no one has viewed you -_-
Source(s):
fb master


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I have an ex-friend from way back. We have never been FB friends. I have never viewed her FB account. We have no FB friends in common. She has been appearing on my sidebar recently. Logical conclusion : she has been viewing my FB profile. FB has no other way of connecting us.


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Well all the mysteries will disappear soon and we won't get a real answer ever - Facebook is implementing the new layout as we speak and it appears there is NO sidebar anymore...
Source(s):
Facebook Developer
The new Facebook Timeline profiles (if they do in fact get rolled out to everyone in the next few months), still have 6 pics of your friends that get rotated on your profile. I had the Facebook Timeline profile for about a month (didn't like it) and rolled back my profile to the current design. But I will say that the 6 pics, that show up seem to be even more targeted towards friends who you think may be your facebook stalkers than the current Facebook sidebar. So if the Facebook Timeline beta version is any indication, this mystery will continue with the new profiles. –  Answers  Nov 14th, 2011 at 11:41 PM


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so considering that your friends are your friends and you generally add people you somehow admire you probably will get one ore two that you really want to be stalking you! so f*ck i have been f5ing for a day until i get the best combination when i got it i couldnt move anymore from that page!...now serious there are people that i have never looked at their profile and they appear in my sidebar, there's also a wife of a friend that added me from nothing and is always there wow! what am I thinking? there is a average of 4 girls that I really wish they are stalking me so I think my mind is influencing the facebook which is no surprise and this is the proof that zuckerberg already developed an algorithm that infects your mind and send information to the facebook central.

Source(s):

empirical and metaphysical



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I don't get it. One guy who I NEVER talk to, and have never ever even clicked on his profile always without fail pops up. Also a few guys I know have a bit of a crush on me often pop up too, which doesn't suprise me. One random girl who I never talk to and never go on her profile also always pops up without fail, like every day. It's so confusing. There are other people I always interract with who never come up on the sidebar. As an experiment, I clicked on the profile of someone I rarely interract with over two days and lo and behold! I ended up in their side bar. I'm now convinced - its who stalks you. Fb covers up by saying its random but its clearly not.


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i heard that it's the people who most recently looked at your profile! according to mine it seems pretty accurate


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for the people who say that they check other peoples profiles daily and do not show up on there side bars that does not mean anything because you don't know if other people check their profiles more than you do! i still believe the bar is for people who check your profile often.


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i swear its the people who the person whos profile it is has viewed a lot.
cause, im always checking up on my boyfriends profile, and we mostly talk through chat and inbox (and even then i talk to many other people more than him) and he is ALWAYS in my list when i view my profile even though we hardly talk over facebook (and we're not "in a relationship' on facebook, so theres no way that could be it.....)
But then at the same time, it appears that there are one or two random people who's profiles i never look at that are in there a majority of the time.....
And then i see me in random peoples sidebar friends and i get really freaked out...
whatever, my point is i SWEAR, absolutely, from what ive seen this is who stalks you or who you stalk, because i know my certain, erm, "facebook habits" (stalking) and it just seems to be directly related to who pops up there on my list/their lists


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Well my ex gf shows up on that list almost all the time. We never made our relationship official on facebook. We were together on some pictures but even the pics are deleted for more than 5 months now. I have to see her every day in uni, but I haven't talked or even looked at her in half a year. I completely ignore her AND her friends. I haven't stalked her profile or even talked to any of her friends I added when we met, and blocked her from my news feed. Haven't chatted with her nor did I like something she posted or leave something on her wall.

I have literally NO contact AT ALL with her.


But she is constantly constantly constantly in my sidebar ....
Exactly the same thing occurs to me. No tags, no likes, no interaction whatsoever. And suddenly my ex starts showing up in my sidebar all the time, while I haven't been visiting her page for months or these of her friends.

I have 900+ friends, so all these things considered, it seems a little coincidental that she now shows up all the time, don't you think? Is this really considered wishful thinking? IN fact I don't wish her to stalk me!! –  benjamin  Nov 21st, 2011 at 12:06 PM


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I also wondered that before but then I reached and finally broke the Facebook's Algorithm.
It is NOT the person(s) who stalks to you frequently that shows on the side bar. It is the tags, comments, likes and interaction to friends are the factors. THIS IS THE ALGORITHM OF FACEBOOK. THERE IS NO BASIS FOR STALKERS. In my own facebook activities, I am always and everyday visiting a one friend's profile but I, myself doesn't show frequently to her sidebar. "Only once in a blue moon!!!", and that's because of the tags, comments, likes and interaction with her. Nothing to do with the stalking or visiting to her profile.

And as Facebook, themselves already said there is no way we can find out who is(are) seeing our profile. Which means the tagging, commenting and liking interaction and activities are only the factors why these friends keep showing on our side bar.
How do you explain Digideep (previopus poster) and my situation then? –  benjamin  Nov 21st, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Let's be clear... At one time, someone at Facebook may have said "they have no way to find out who is looking at your profile"... However, this statement is complete Bullshit. Anyone, who has even a little bit of knowledge on how websites (user profiles) work and are coded, will know that it would be fairly easy to keep track of what pages/profiles a person visits.

So if anyone wants to believe Facebook can't (or is not) tracking your movements on it's site, or on other websites (with Like buttons placed on the sites), then you're head is in the sand. Because they can easily track you... Most likely, Facebook has more data on your where abouts around the web than just about any company (including Google). –  Answers  Nov 21st, 2011 at 4:04 PM

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