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Facebook's "People You May Know" Feature. - August 24th 2017, 06:00 PM

I was just checking my online/pseudonymic email account (Jenna M.) which I use for things that are strictly online and have no association to my real life. These things include fanfiction, my TeenHelp Facebook account, a generic message board for fans, among other things that I register my name as "Jenna" instead of my real name.

Anyways, I clicked the "Social" tab or whatever it's called on G-Mail; and guess who showed up in the email from Facebook recommending a person I may know... my boss!

What the actual F? I realize right now my name on Facebook isn't "Jenna M." and it's my old TH nickname along with my real last name. I want to change it to "Jenna M." but I have to wait an extended period of time before I can. But how does she show up on the Facebook account whose email address is associated with absolutely nobody from real life?

Alternately, on my Facebook account for work, I get "People You May Know" recommendations for those that I know online (mostly Taylor and Dez for some reason ) or those whom I had on my old, now de-activated Facebook account. On there, my name is my real name, but I registered the account with my work email as opposed to my personal email.

The strange thing is, this never happened on either account until I started to add people on them!

I also registered my psuedonymic email on a third facebook account, and I don't get recommendations for the ones I have on my contacts list; they would be THers only. I would think that happens, but evidently not?

How does this even work? Why does it do that? I think Facebook is too social!

EDIT: Hold on, the one that has my nickname + last name is my old online G-Mail account.
The one that I registered the other day has my current pseudonymic G-Mail account.

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Re: Facebook's "People You May Know" Feature. - August 24th 2017, 09:00 PM

The Facebook algorithm is an interesting thing. I don't entirely understand it, but I do know that they pull from things like mutual friends, any registered contacts from your email (if you have your real email linked to your "online only" email as a backup, it might even be pulling from that), or frequently visited pages. More or less, it works in a similar fashion to the ad algorithm, which pulls from other websites that you visit, things you "like", and company/product Facebook pages that you visit.

That's a very boiled down version of it, but I'm sure there's even more to it than that. Hopefully this kind of helped it explain it though!

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Re: Facebook's "People You May Know" Feature. - August 26th 2017, 07:22 PM

It goes like this; log onto your work cv and th fb from the same computer and they become entangled; facebook knows the two identities are associated in some way so the algorithm assumes that there is a chance that one knows people the other knows.

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Re: Facebook's "People You May Know" Feature. - August 26th 2017, 09:03 PM

It also sometimes shows people that have read/visited your profile, at least form what I've heard.

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