How Does Facebook Generate Which Friends Appear At The Top Of Your Profile?

2010-01-25 at 09:46 am hugege

When you look at your own facebook profile the top six people are show. How are these chosen? Are they randomly generated or is there some algorithm that brings up people you search/search you more more often?

277 Responses to “How Does Facebook Generate Which Friends Appear At The Top Of Your Profile?”

  1. luly

    Facebook wants to increase relations, so: They are the potentially or actively in relation with us, so: they either might be the people stalking on us or vs., or/ and recently logged on (for we can chat); or/and we communicate a lot (chatting, comments; likes) and choosing among these people with these characteristics might and maybes is random. so its semi random. sorry for my horrible English

  2. Just Incredible

    i AGREE, NOWAY IT IS RANDOM. iT MUST BE PEOPLE WHO CLICK THE MOST RECENTLY ON MY PROFILE….i MOSTLY AGREE WITH dAN, iT REALLY SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT PEOPLE IN GENERAL SINCE IT APPEARS MOST THINK IT IS RANDOM WHEN IT obvisouly IS NOT. i HAVE BEEN CHECKING IT OUT AND NOWAY RANDOM, i AM SURE THERE IS SOME ALGORYTHM BUT MAIN PART OF IT MUST BE WHO CLICKED RECENTLY TEH MOST…..wHAT i DONT UNDERSTAND IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BOX OF 6 FREINDS AND BOX OF 8 FREINDFS PREVIEW? THE 8 nowatY RANDOM, tHE SIX i REALLY NOT SURE…anYONE KNOW DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 6 AND 8 FREDIN BOX PREVIEW??

    @Dan

  3. shaun

    Linda :I agree with Emma.
    I have been stalking this guy that I have a crush on and I noticed that I appear as the first top 6 friends
    It’s quite embarrassing, but even if I “wait” to go I still end up showing up there.
    I’m thinking of creating a fake profile just to stalk that guy.

    your a freak, stop stalking people lol

    and its not random, its not people with the most mutual friends, people saying that obviously havnt looked into it much

  4. Astrid

    Definitely not random. I was at my friends house today and to mess with me she started stalking my ex on her profile. When I got home a couple hours later and went on his profile she was in his friends box, even though they’ve never spoken on facebook and don’t keep in contact at all, the only reason they’re friends on fb is because of me. I’m guessing at least two of the boxes are people who’ve recently stalked you or visited your profile, I don’t however know if all the boxes are this way or if the other ones have something to do with for example mutual friends of not.

  5. yudhodiponegoro

    I would say, it is a random in a selected group.
    I noticed that those who appear are people whom I chatted with the recent days, or message. Some from public interaction like comment, etc. But, what shocked me was the fact that friends whom I searched through facebook search box appear too. Even they are weighted more when I visited their page more frequently by typing full or part of their name in the search box.

    My analysis only holds when you, yourself, views your 6 selected friends displayed in your profile. When you see others’page, those 6 are selected on the basis of mutual interaction that could be simply mutual friends, or mutual friends who have most interaction in the triangle (you, the person you view, and the mutual friend).

  6. yudhodiponegoro

    @AashNZ
    still dont understand the chocolate bar thing in this context….could explain?

  7. Ben

    @Dan
    it’s the people who look at your profile most that appear on the right hand side

  8. Ben

    particularly if they are looking at your profile at the time you see them

  9. karthik

    i think ur true.. even i experimented @Dan

  10. karthik

    i don’t agree its random.. well,it is certainly not random,..
    i experimented on this a lot and i found a bit,the people who YOU visit appears on the right side..
    do this ,see any of urs friends page regularly,do this for a week, and u start noticing that person on the friends list icon..

  11. karthik

    man,u got it right.. it seems like they are reading minds@Roxy

  12. Tiger

    Based on my Observation its either The ones who viewed your profile or The ones that you viewed. I have a very Discreet account meaning i dont socialize that much although i post on my wall almost everyday. I know who i viewed recently and oftenly so i know when should they appear there but only 2 friends are the ones that i recently and oftenly visited appear so the others(or all of them) are the ones who viewed my profile recently or Oftenly.

    Im mentioning the 8 Friends Thumbnails Below the recent acivities.
    Note: Their the same 8 friends even when i refreshed more than a dozen times.

    Now the 6 friends in the box on the top im not pretty sure.
    they revolve around 15 of my friends.

    In my account they are the least interacted friends whether they do not interacted with me or i dont interacted with them.

    Note: This is may not be clear you may not realize that he or she is interacting with you. Ex. Game requests. But their is 1 that show up in mine that i recently PM(Least Mutual Friend).

    I think it depends on your ACTIVITY. If your active to them or not.
    Others say that they are the most active ones in their account.

    So its either They are the Most Active Or The Least Active in your page.
    Also i noticed Most Mutual friends and Least Mutual friends. Its like reminding you of the Recent Interactions and No Interactions with them.

    These are based upon my observations only. So its not concrete.

  13. Cat

    Guys I think I have the answer:

    1) it’s defo not random, for me it’s about 20 people out of 200.

    2) obviously, in the worst case scenario it’s people who you stalk, so let’s go with that as an assumption because I think that’s what we’re all worried about.

    3) Click on button next to home, with a little padlock, then from drop-down menu click who can see my stuff, and then click “view as”

    4) View your profile as the person you stalk: their face will never come up on the ‘random’ friends list so we are safe here, theý shouldn’t be able to know. what you’ve been up to (your friends might though!)

    5) View your profile as someone you have very few mutual friends with, about 7 or so… – it will show an entirely different selection of people.

    —-

    So… I know the answer here isn’t clear but it’s another method to do some research! 🙂

  14. buzz

    Up upon my observations, 6box friends are the ones that I have interacted or they have checked my page and the 8box is a pick of facebook each day that stays steady for that given day/time period.

  15. Dave

    I’m not sure, but I think the top 8 friends box goes by either
    a) who’s recently looked at your page
    b) recently logged into their FB account

    I say that because within the last minute my crush kept showing up in the 8 box, no matter how many times I refreshed it. So I went onto their profile and they had just posted something on FB prior to showing up on my 8 box. So either they simply logged in, or they logged in and also happened to view my profile.

    Not sure about the small 6 box though…

  16. loL! I was thinking exactly this! Facebook rotates the people that click on your profile. Of course its always changing because different people are viewing it at differnt times.

    Im so detail oriented & analytical. I have the biggest smile on my face bc im starting to think that this is working and Im most likely right. This could be huge on day.

  17. keith

    @Dave

    u might have something there dave…this girl i like went on a two-week vacation in europe in the summer and she was never showing up in my friends list during those two weeks so i think your right in regards to the top friends & loggin-in. she’s on my friends list all the time now, and back in the states 😀

  18. keith

    @keith

    showing up in top 8 friends box i mean

  19. chup

    The 8box stays the same all day, only the order changes, so that can’t be based on checking out the page and login since that changes during the day.
    My 6box shows the same 25 people over and over again. Some of them hardly ever use facebook, some I check out, of some I know that they have absolutely no interest in checking out my page, so it’s hard to say. Clearly not random if it’s the same people no matter how often I refresh.

  20. brudow

    NOT RANDOM! I experimented making another page. I had that page check up on my other page and through all my recent statuses, then BOOM! That dummy page came to the top. I’m still conducting further experiments with the intent to discover if the algorithm associates with how many times I check someones page.

  21. brudow

    I mean that dummy page came within my six. Not to the top though.

  22. Swift Blade

    Cant believe there are those who believe its random. I knew it couldn’t be with the same people keep showing up

  23. millow

    with me it shows the people i had sex with, dont know how facebook knows xd

  24. Chartavious

    What about the actual list of friends when you click on “Friends?” I’ve always wondered if the actual list of all your friends might reveal some details about your stalkers that the simple Top 9 box won’t.

  25. TheAnswer

    It firstly displays family memebers or people youve selected as family memebers, and then secondly it displays the people you share the most (RECENT) mutual friends with as well as a combination off people you’v chatted with recently. im starting to think the different algorithms used to display friends on your profile are randomized

  26. Steve

    So if I’m not visiting theses ppl profile on there statuses they’ll up in my top 6

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