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08/10/2009 at 11:54

I don't thinks, debbo.

None of my "friends" were anything to do with the forum, at that point.

However I had a request (which I hadn't seen) from someone who IS on the forum, and seems to be friends with the whole forum (gregarious chap  ), so maybe that was the connection? 

08/10/2009 at 12:46

Wilkie, do you mean the friend suggestions which appear under the heading 'Requests' at the top of your screen, which has things like....

2 Friend Requests, 6 Event Invitations, 27 Friend Suggestions, 10 Other Requests

(This is a fixed list which only goes away if you go in and either accept or ignore each one.)

If so, these 'friend suggestions' have actually been made by people and haven't been automatically generated by facebook. So, when someone adds a new friend or accepts a friend request, there is an option for them to suggest other friends that person might know.... so you have been suggested as someone these other people (might) know. You can also go into any of your existing fields and suggest them to other people.

Below the list of 'Requests' on your main screen, there is another heading for 'Suggestions' - This one is automatically generated by FB and will show friends of friends and sometimes pages that friends are a fan of...... So you'll see loads of people in here that you probably have no real connection to, other than one of your friends happens to know them.

08/10/2009 at 12:51

I get these 'friend suggestions' and they seem to be friends of friends. I've got one friend on there that I knew from Uni, used to be really good friends but lost touch. So I don't know any of his current friends, his partner, his family etc.

I keep getting these suggestions and they're not coming from him as he knows that I don't know any of them (and the directly recommended ones look different), so I have assumed that FB is seeing the link between myself and my friend and working from there.

08/10/2009 at 16:41

It was the "suggestions" bit, JF.

I think I've solved it, as per my post at the top of the page.  I think they were mostly friends of the person who had sent a Friend Request (which I hadn't seen at the time I originally started this thread).

I rarely go on FB, and can't work out what things are and how to do stuff.  I have some photos on there, so I must have put them on but I can't work out how to put more on!

I really don't need another thing to occupy my working hours, though......

08/10/2009 at 16:43
There's also a funny thing when every now and again if someone joins up and we've emailed before, it appears to have saved that data.... which I'm not entirely sure is legal, is it?

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