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07/10/2009 at 12:08

I have a profile on Arsebook, but rarely look on there and don't really use it at all.  I have a few 'friends' - nearly all related to my running club.

I had an email the other day saying "You haven't been back to Facebook recently.You have received notifications while you were gone", and telling me I had 18 tags and two friends requests.

When I click the link to the 18 tags*, it shows me twenty seven Facebook users that are "suggestions" that I might like to add as friends.

Some are people that I know from the forum, some are pirates (they are wearing the kit), one is the father of someone I know, and one is someone from my running club.

Some, from looking at the profiles, I can see that I know some of THEIR "friends", even though I'm not connected to them via Facebook.

Those that I have "mutual friends" with I can see how the connection was made, but how/why has Facebook connected me to a lot of Forumites who I have no Facebook connection with?

I find it a bit creepy that Facebook selects a group of people and encourages me to contact them and ask to be their "friend".

 *also, it doesn't direct me to the tags, nor does there appear to be any two people waiting to hear whether I accept them and friends.

07/10/2009 at 12:15
Yes, but how has it selected so many forumites/pirates?
07/10/2009 at 12:18
They just look for similarities and suggest based on that, you'll probably find a friend of a friend of a friend is connected to someone on the forum, who is connected to the RW "group", et voila, then you are connected to the whole group.
07/10/2009 at 12:25
It is Facebook's way of trying to make someone look popular, even when they aren't.
07/10/2009 at 12:28
World domination in yellow lycra!   
LIVERBIRD    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:38

They're sucking me in Wilkie - I'm about to sign for an ickle tri....

Pesky pirates...

You don't have to add anyone you don't want to. Most of the people who pop up as suggestions on mine are total strangers to me!

07/10/2009 at 12:40

Resist, LB, resist! 

You know where it will end.......

I didn't add any of them.  It seems a bit sad to be saying "can I be your friend" to someone I've never met!

LIVERBIRD    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:42

Shades has said exactly the same thing about Facebook. She closed her account in the end....

If I do an ickle one - it WON'T end up in IM!

LIVERBIRD    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:42
But then again, I started running with RFL......
07/10/2009 at 12:44
Get on with it woman, stop procrastinating FFS
Lee the Pea    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:46
Wilkie, they just suggest friends of friends....i've found I few pals that way, but most of them I ignore.  I've lots of folk on there from here that i've not met though, hahahaha.  i'll be meeting some soon at races though (this weekend in fact!).  I'll be meeting LB when she signs up for the Cheshire Tri
LIVERBIRD    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:46
07/10/2009 at 12:48

oh LB, do be careful.  I started with R4L too.

07/10/2009 at 12:48
If / When she signs up Lee
LIVERBIRD    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:49

Where is the "bullied to death by pirates" box on "how did you hear about us"???

Lee the Pea    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:51
LIVERBIRD    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:51
I'm on the payment page.......
LIVERBIRD    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:57
Sorry for the hijack Wilkie - as you were...
Lee the Pea    pirate
07/10/2009 at 12:58

Hurrah!

We knew you'd come good in the end LB!

IronM.in    pirate
07/10/2009 at 13:24

With apologies for shamelessly hijacking Wilkie's thread..

If you look back thru the PSOF site and the Pirates History, whilst not wanting to be pedantic, the original premise was that you did an IM from scratch to be a Pirate and wear the kit....

Just saying....

Edited: 07/10/2009 at 13:24
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