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Has Facebook finally introduced 'who's looking at your profile'? + UPDATE: Facebook respond

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Facebook revamped profiles earlier this week, and launched a bunch of new features, but one of the most surprising things hasn’t even been announced – a feature that lets you know who has been clicking on your profile.

Okay, I’m basing this on personal observation, but bear with me. There has been a “friends” box on Facebook profiles for a long time – down on the left hand side of the page under your profile picture and basic information. Previously that small square box was filled with six random friends, and I remember they were random. I’d occasionally hover over one and wonder who the hell it was? Then I’d remember it was Jay from some random holiday 2 years ago. It would pop up with people that I was friends with but never clicked on and had completely forgotten about – it was random – sure and I never particularly noticed a pattern in who turned up there.

No longer so random
Thing is – with the new profiles that list of friends is no longer so random. It now displays 10 friends not six, and you only need to refresh your profile three or four times to see that the same group of people comes up again and again. Out of my 421 friends, the same 15 come up again and again – in fact after refreshing my profile five times I don’t get any new faces and after refreshing it ten times it just keeps showing me the same 15 rearranged slightly.

Okay you say – so that’s just people you interact with the most, Facebook is just giving you links to people you are most interested in, same as it does with the news feed where it pushes people that you click on and interact with most.

But, no – it isn’t. Of those 15 people, 5 or so are people I interact with regularly, the other 10 aren’t. And I don’t regularly click on their profiles either. Sure once every so often… but there are others I would check much more regularly.

Three I haven’t messaged, interacted with or even clicked on for up to six months.

Why do those friends turn up there?
I don’t mind remotely, but it kind of makes me wonder why they are there and why Facebook isn’t clear about the process that selects those 15 out of my 421 friends. I realise you can make lists of friends which show up in that spot, but I haven’t done that.

If it’s not public interaction, and it’s not random then it’s got to be something else. The the most obvious solution is that these are people who click on my profile a lot.

And that’s where it becomes a privacy issue.

Privacy issues
As one of my friends said: “these two girls keep turning up on my friends list – but they’re not people I interact with on Facebook – so I think they must fancy me..” Just to throw another scenario out there – you can see that your ex has been clicking on your Facebook profile a lot even if neither of you have talked or interacted on there for months.

What’s more – it’s not just me who can see it – any of my friends visiting my profile can check that out, refresh my page 10 times and find the 15 people who are most interested in me.

Who is that girl you don’t know turning up in your partner’s top 15 friends – are they checking their profile a lot…?

I’m going to stop with these examples, but you see what I mean. If I’m correct, Facebook is finally releasing information about who is clicking on whose profile, it hasn’t announced it, and if it is, then it’s an encroachment of privacy.. and it could change how people behave on Facebook, as you would restrict your clicks because you know other people are aware of what you’re doing.

If there is some other reason – I would love to know it – please tell me in the comments.

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.”

Does that ring true for your experiences? We’re still scratching our heads though, because though that makes sense for 10 of the 15 in my friends list, I swear there are at least 1 or 2 I definitely haven’t contacted in the past one and a half months…

UPDATE 2: The Response of Readers
(thanks for comments below, these are some more comments from FB and Twitter)

>>”I think you’re dead right about new Facebook. definitely some unexpected people showing up in my friends list who would feasibly be looking but I don’t have much contact with and have very little “public contact” with anyone who’s appearing.
(BTW I am totally showing up on a few girl’s profiles that I perv over semi-regularly)”

>> “Oh crap. Super creepy.”

>> “one or two people I have actually never spoken to on FB are in my list…”

>> “I didn’t find this to be the case on my FB. Entirely random. Only consistent person who came up in 15 refreshes was my husband.”

>> “That’s entirely untrue. There are a number of people who come up repeatedly with whom I’ve never interacted with on Facebook, and certainly not in the last month an a half.”

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Anna LeachHas Facebook finally introduced 'who's looking at your profile'? + UPDATE: Facebook respond
  • Kate Stevens

    I don’t think it’s who visits you, my husband is never on Facebook and he’s always in that 10 selection since the new profiles came out. I assumed because he’s listed as my husband.

    • Roger gan

      First of all if he’s listed as your husband, he shouldn’t be showing up on your top ten unless you only have 10 friends. I know because I am engaged, and I frequent my fiance’s profile, but I am never in her top 10 or 15. She’s not in mine either and I am sure she does the same.

      I tested it. it’s TRUE!!!! its totally based on people who view your profile more. but before you start worrying about stalkers, here is the best part. its based on the total amount of time they spend going through your photos, info etc. its time based. How I tested this you asked. I picked a random girl from my friend’s list. I rarely speak to this girl. but I decided to view her profile consistently for a few hours, I even left my computer on while I attended class and with matter of hours, I was showing up in her top 10.. try it.

  • http://sumtips.com Renji

    The list is created based on your relationship with other people. You can also customize the list with any users you want from here: http://www.facebook.com/editprofile.php?sk=relationships

  • http://www.shinyshiny.tv shinyanna

    @kate – interesting, someone else on twitter said exactly the same thing
    @renji – yes I’ve seen the listing friends feature, so i’m sure i could alter it if i wanted. But like most people I guess, I haven’t touched it so the default (which is what most people will have) is what i describe above, and there are definitely privacy issues around it.

  • T-Rex-Chicken

    That can’t be right, there are ppl in my list that I haven’t talked to via Facebook in a while. Unless Facebook stalks my gmail correspondences.

  • Matthew Brown

    It definitely draws on public interactions more than a month old – and it must draw on private interactions as well, unless the other people who keep popping up were randomly picked from a pool of all my friends.

    There are definitely people I’ve interacted with on Facebook publicly in the past month who don’t come up, and those who I haven’t interacted with who do.

  • Sheila

    I am wondering, what if you go to the profile of a non-friend? Will you show up in the list? I would think not. Do you show up anywhere else on their site? This will seriously curtail my stalking!

  • Andrew

    Facebook should reactive the “always show these friends” option. That way this serious problem will be solved.

  • Pippa

    I am sure public interaction includes liking or commenting on the same post. This is the trend that I have noticed.

  • Jane

    Yes. I believe you are on to something. I made a list of the 15 that keep appearing on my profile after refreshing repeatedly. Most are friends that I have a little to some, but not necessarily the most frequent, interaction with. But a couple are people I’ve had virtually no communication with on Facebook. It is conceivable that these two view my profile a lot (for different reasons) although I have hardly ever viewed theirs.

  • Carousel

    I too thought that the 15 people always showing up with the new profile were the ones who often checked my profile; however, though I often check one of these friends’ profile, I NEVER appear on his list of 15 friends. (I don’t know if he’s using the new profile though). Yet, HE shows up on my list all the time, along with the other 14 friends, whose profile, for some of them, I hardly ever check, let alone interact with them, comment on their walls, and so on.
    It’d be nice if it was actually people who viewed your profile often who appeared. Yet, doesn’t seem to be that simple since, as I said, I often check a particular profile but never appear on his top 15 list. (whereas he appears on mine).
    This is driving me nuts!

  • Carousel

    I too thought that the 15 people always showing up with the new profile were the ones who often checked my profile; however, though I often check one of these friends’ profile, I NEVER appear on his list of 15 friends. (I don’t know if he’s using the new profile though). Yet, HE shows up on my list all the time, along with the other 14 friends, whose profile, for some of them, I hardly ever check, let alone interact with them, comment on their walls, and so on.
    It’d be nice if it was actually people who viewed your profile often who appeared. Yet, doesn’t seem to be that simple since, as I said, I often check a particular profile but never appear on his top 15 list. (whereas he appears on mine).
    This is driving me nuts!

  • Kt

    Seems to take public interactions you’ve had (likes, comments, etc.) & combine it with who’s been viewing your profile.

    For example, I commented on a relative’s wall for her birthday a couple of months ago, then we met up a few nights ago. Coincidentally, her name began appearing in the “Top 10″ list a day later. I hadn’t viewed her profile since wishing her a happy birthday so chances are, after getting together with me, she decided to view my profile.

    Also tested the theory out from the other side. I chose a friend who had liked or commented on a status of mine, then began viewing her profile. I refreshed the page a couple of times and voila, I began appearing in her list of ten people.

    The last example is tricky- I’ve been visiting my ex’s page quite frequently & liked maybe one of his posts. It’s driving me crazy because he keeps appearing on my list of 10 people & I can’t figure out whether he’s there because I’m viewing his page a lot or he’s viewing mine. Either way, it’s a breach of privacy. What makes it more confusing is the fact that there are other people’s pages I visit & comment on a lot & they’re not appearing in my list.

    What I don’t like about this new format is that there is absolutely no control over who appears in the list, as with the old facebook format. Even if you make your own list, the default list shows up as well.

    Has anyone else seen this trend?

  • Minnea

    I did some counting yesterday and found something that is plain difficult to believe its random. First, the list on the left hand side is a pool of approximately 20 people, who are in a random order. This list is, I quess what Facebook now states people you interact publicly most, and for my observation its quite accurate, with some odd ones.

    What is more interesting, is the 5 people you see when you hover your mouse over your name, it shows 5 apparently (?) random people. I begun to wonder, as one guy showed up a lot. I refreshed 50-55 times, and the guy showed up 34 times! There were 3 people who showed up 15-20 times, and the rest 1-10 times (I have about 100 friends in Facebook). The 3 are my good friends, who might check my page, I check theirs occasionally but not necessarily even on the weekly basis. The guy, well, I used to check his page often earlier (over 6mths ago) but have tried to avoid it lately (to get over him!), might take a peek occasionally. I know, that earlier on he used to check my site too. So who’s stalking who? It doesnt seem very random to me. Didnt do any counting today but he seems to pop up regularly today too…

  • Sara

    Well I’ve always been supersuperrrr suspicious about this. And the new Facebook Profile makes wayyy more sense. I completely agree with you. As for the Facebook spokesperson, of course they’re gonna come up with something like that. And I truly understand that because of the privacy rules.
    But here’s the thing: my top ten friends pretty much never changes. There are a few I contact with a lot but there are also a shit load of people I don’t have “public contact” with. Those are the people though who I would assume to visit my page a lot, my ex for example.
    But then: I’ve been uploading a lotttt of family pics these days en pretty much my whole family left a comment so if they visit my page, why are they not showing in the list?
    It’s definitely not random. And it’s definitely not based on “public contact” either. Oh and also when you click on the “friends” button right above the friends list I see the same people over and over again. There’s something up with that too.

  • Salish

    Could be true… but who knows?

    Haha my male friend that I recently had a fight with is constantly showing up on my friendslist. I also do visit his profile regularly :p But the thing is…there are other people that I view also regularly, but they never show up on my friendslist.
    Make a mock profile. Add yourself. Use another computer and log in using that profile and view your profile (your pictures and stuff) for some time. Then check if you will see this profile showing up on ur friends list in the next coming days.

    BUT this one thing..i think i would almost believe. You see when you view your profile pictures, you’ll see some of your friends album on the right hand side of the page. For about a month and a half, I’ve been seeing only two of male friends on there. I don’t see any other albums excepts theirs! One of them I visit once in a while..but the other one..is the one I had issues with before and I don’t visit his profile anymore. WHY? maybe they were the ones who viewed your profile picture albums a lot or they have viewed it for a couple of times.

  • kathy

    It is certainly not random because the same names keep showing up. It seems to me that it comes up with them based on who views your profile the most. But it could be random in the sense that it takes some from each category. Like some from who views your profile the most, some from who you comment on a lot and who comments on your stuff? It sure would be interesting to know.

  • Mysterious person

    Hmm very Interesting i picked up on this a long time ago, Told my friends about it but they didn’t want to believe me, Interesting thing is though, I told one of my friends who was a girl, she herself told me she was looking at my profile and next thing i knew she appeared on my profile several times after i refreshed the page, Same thing happened again when one of my friends told me he had been on his profile, I tried this with my friend, I went to his profile and about a hour later he came over to my house and logged into his facebook, surely enough i showed up on his page a couple of times, Maybe this is nothing but a coincidence, Maybe some friends who appear on your profile are friends whom you do have interactions with or post/comment/like things on your profile but what about the rest? Could it be likely that the rest who show up happen to be people who go to your page? It is possible after all, Besides that, I’ve noticed now that with some of the new people I’ve added on FB, They seemed to show up on my profile multiple times after refreshing, Could it be possible that they were under the assumption that “Facebook does not allow you or others to view who has been on your profile” so they went ahead and viewed my profile to see who i was? This could be a very likely possibility, Then again all this “People who appear on your profile” things could very well be nonsense, But if not, Then there’s definitely something happening here

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1755147352 bree

    It seems we have all been experiencing somewhat of the same situation. I too find that there is a few people who show up constantly on my profile, though, for me, it changes on a daily basis. Except for one person; my ex. Now this cannot be from “public interaction” for he has posted on my wall once and I have sent him only 2 messages. Other then that we have had no other contact via facebook. There are also some people I interact with quite often and they dont show up, as well as people I dont talk to that show up constantly. Now I decided to view my ex’s profile repeatedly, just to see if I’d show up in his friends list as well, strangely I did not show up.. Now here are my theories, either the obvious, that facebook does show you who clicks on your profile the most often. Or the new friends list has a multitude of features which cause the people to show up. I believe that their statement is somewhat true, maybe 5 of the 15 friends that show up are people you commonly interact with on facebook. But I also believe the rest are people that view your profile the most often.. and I cant help but think that one of them may be who you view often as well. This is all stemmed from what I have seen. One thing I know is there is definitely a correlation between the people who view your profile and who shows up on your friends list.

  • kt

    Another thing worth noting about the new profile is the drop-down list of results when you search for friends. The drop-down isn’t alphabetical and Facebook has stated this is based on “relevance” of who they think we’re looking for. Does this mean when I visit a friend’s site & go to their list of friends that the “top” results are people they’re searching for?

  • CS

    WOW! I was already thinking this because a guy who’s profile I have been avoiding looking at and haven’t interacted with publicly since early last fall kept showing up on my list… So I decided to try snooping on my ex’s profile, refreshing about 10 times, but I didn’t see myself show up, and now a half hour later, I checked again, and I am showing up on his list. Wierd.

  • Matty

    Here’s an interesting one for you: I think this also applies to the “friends you may know” thing. Tonight I was clicking the x’s next to people’s names just to see if there was a friend that I hadn’t added and guess what? Two of my students from last term randomly showed up, yet we have no friends in common and I have never looked at either of their profiles. There is no way that is random!

  • aaron

    One of my friend moved across the country. We randomly met up at a bar during winter break. We The NEXT DAY she was on my side list on facebook, no current messages/likes/pokes/pictures before or after. Unless facebook is watching you in public… (*o_o)

  • Cassie

    I’m going to bet that it’s based on friends whose profiles you view the most. I’ve spent the last couple of hours visiting my friends’ profiles and taking note of who appears in their top friends. I have found, NUMEROUS times, that people who they definitely stalk appear on their pages. These are people who wouldn’t give my friends the time of day, so I do not believe it’s based on who views your profile, but rather on whose profile you are viewing. If that’s the case, it makes me feel a little sick inside. Additionally, my ex, who I’ve had ZERO facebook contact with in almost a year, always always always appears on my page. I definitely visit his profile a lot but I highly doubt he visits mine. I also never show up on his, so this only further supports the idea that it’s based off of whose profile you view the most often. Either way, this is creeping me out and I don’t like it.

  • kt

    Maybe it goes both ways. I received a message from one of my friends asking how I was & commenting on my profile pic. When I checked my page after getting the message, she began appearing in the top ten. She had to have viewed my profile to make the comment about my profile picture so pretty sure it’s who’s been checking yours recently.

  • anonymous

    I think it goes both ways and sort of mixed with who looks at your profile and who you interact with, it seems apparent to me that who you see on your own friends box is who visits your page often, not the other way around…cus there are many that ALWAYS show up on my page and I NEVER talk to them or view their profiles but they sometimes comment on photos and if they are doing that, then for sure they are obviously on ur profile. When I go to a friends page that I often look at I will also see myself in his box, I think majority of the friends in that box are who visits you.

  • Anonymous

    I think it goes both ways and sort of mixed with who looks at your profile and who you interact with, it seems apparent to me that who you see on your own friends box is who visits your page often, not the other way around…cus there are many that ALWAYS show up on my page and I NEVER talk to them or view their profiles but they sometimes comment on photos and if they are doing that, then for sure they are obviously on ur profile. When I go to a friends page that I often look at I will also see myself in his box, I think majority of the friends in that box are who visits you.

  • crime dawg

    It has to be overall interaction… private, public, or “silent” (a mutual profile click). B/c there are ppl I have never interacted with on facebook, however know in real life showing up.

  • Anonymous

    I think (and at least hope) it’s based on who has viewed your profile. I’ve recently split with my ex, and have gone a little mad. Been off work the last week and have looked at her page constantly throughout the day. She does not appear in my friends during the day (when she would be at work and facebook is blocked) but DOES appear at night, presumably as shes looking at my profile.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently Facebook just did some changes with the friend list. When I click [friend], the alphabetic list is now the default instead of the previous ‘random’ picture list.

    And the exactly same 10 friends has been listed in the friend box on my profile page since yesterday no matter how many time I refresh my page; or log out and log in to fb. So annoying…

  • Liz

    I don’t agree with what Facebook said because I’ve been talking to my friend for the past month and she’s not even on the friends list on my profile. I’m pretty sure it’s who recently viewed your profile.

  • Jane

    Several of those who often show up as the first person in my queue have never had any public interaction with me, and do not share any other personal contacts. I also have reason to suspect that the person is stalking my personal information. This seems to prove that FB’s statement was false.

  • http://www.hotmail.com girl

    I seriously think it’s the people that stalk you.
    Because this guy I haven’t clicked on in MONTHS shows up in my friend’s box. It’s freaky.

  • Anonymous

    I’m positive it’s partly based on whose clicking on your profile. I am anonymous up there who split with his girlfriend. ALL of her friends are showing up in my profile today, I guess as it’s Valentines day and they want to see what I am upto. Her friends are great but I have had NO contact with any of them since we split before Christmas, not liked any of their links, etc etc. Nada. So God knows what its doing.

  • Minnea

    I’ve come to the conclusion it is a mix of things, public interaction, mutual interest (you check each other etc.) and prolly those that stalk you. I suppose based on the above mentioned, it calculates a probability per friend what is the chance it shows them in your profile. This might not be the same for when you view your own profile (logged in) or someone else’s profile. There seems to be some pool of those frequently interacted with, odd ones and maybe stalkers or something.

    Still, the mouseover on your own name on your profile shows completely another list of people than the list on left hand side. I say this, because I have some people frequently popping up there (I have had private interaction with them but no public, and checked their profile often at some point) when I mouseover my name but not on the left hand side list. I did some counting earlier (very boring but I was curious) and the same people seemed to lead the scores each time. There were some odd ones, like my crush’s friends or an old colleague but mostly they were people I heavily interact with, possible stalkers or those I have stalked and one friend, I don’t check up on too much but I’ve posted him some links but not many and not frequently. What is interesting, is that have told him to check my page for a video or something several times, and he showed up a lot so I suspect that FB actually keeps some kind of record of how often you check someone’s page.

  • Michelle

    Theres NO WAY this is people you have the most interaction with in recent months. Of the 6 in my list, 4 I have not spoken to, checked the profile of or had ANY interaction with for months and months. Once girl I didnt even realise I was still friends with on there! Can only lead to the conclusion that shes checking my profile.
    Seriously SERIOUSLY creepy.
    Time for a Facebook friends clean out I think.

  • Michelle

    Theres NO WAY this is people you have the most interaction with in recent months. Of the 6 in my list, 4 I have not spoken to, checked the profile of or had ANY interaction with for months and months. Once girl I didnt even realise I was still friends with on there! Can only lead to the conclusion that shes checking my profile.
    Seriously SERIOUSLY creepy.
    Time for a Facebook friends clean out I think.

  • Lola

    Of 10 people in my list, 5 I talk to all the time, 2 I haven’t spoken to in about 3 or 4 months, and 3 I have never had any contact with besides adding them.
    I also had a fight with this girl in school and right after that she started showing up on my list, even though I’ve never had any facebook contact with her and I’ve never checked her profile.

  • JJ

    My take on this topic, here it goes. There’s a [recently interacted] list on the [edit friends] page. 95% of them have been rotating on my friend list on a daily basis. Among the 10 friends in the box, usually 60-70% is from [recently interacted] friend list, and the rest is from another group of some sort. Don’t know exactly. Mine one includes two dudes (I haven’t checked their pages for ages) who are interested in me, my ex (I checked his page once a while; There are a good amt of friends whom I also checked once a while have never come up on my 10 friend list) and some friends we sometime [like] each others’ posts/link/pix…
    I read FB’s statement again – “Facebook will never show friends based on whose profiles you choose to view or who you interact with over messages and chat.” which means FB will never show whoever you’re stalking. They didn’t say otherwise, did they? :p

  • JG

    I’ve noticed this for a while, as in, over the past month or so. I’ve had about 20-25 people on the list and no others, and some of those 20-25 show up much more regularly than others. At any given time, about 4-5 people on the list are people I Facebook-interact with on a regular basis. The rest are people I’ve had minimal to no contact with (either in real life or on Facebook). Currently there’s even a dead guy showing up on my list. But he’s not one of the regulars I see showing up. So I can’t figure this one out.

  • T Davies

    I think it’s based on who you have emailed the most, as if you allow FB access to your email account to get your list of contacts, it can probably tell who you have emailed the most – I am fairly sure it can detect this, because it can definitely detect what email accounts that account is forwarded to and link in any other profiles you have with those other email accounts. Which is again going beyond the privacy strictures that a normal person would presume they had stated! As FB often does, or does until somebody notices and complains!

  • FBuser

    It is undoubtedly based on who is looking at your profile. My list is almost all guys who I haven’t interacted with since we became friends years ago. I never look at their profiles, like their posts, comment on their page, send them emails, or communicate with them through private email. All are men I would assume might have a crush on me. There is no other explanation than they are looking at my profile. Interestingly, people I do interact with regularly do not show up at all, so clearly it only has to do with profile viewing.

  • Anonymous

    I recently create another fb account and I’ve been viewing my main fb page quite often. My other account hasn’t yet showed up on the 10-friend box thing on my page. So is it really profile viewing tracker??? Not sure… lol

  • http://www.blueopt.blogspot.com DeMon S

    This is in response to “Anonymous” who said they created another Facebook account to test the theory that your top 15 are made up of the people who view your profile the most. He said he used this account to visit his “real” FB page a lot. But he never saw the “fake” profile show up on his 15 list. I don’t think that really proves anything because even though he set up a new account, he still shares the same IP address of his “real” FB account. I’m sure the engineers at Facebook are smart enough to use filters that would weed out situations like that. http://www.demonspencer.com

  • Anonymous

    someone who is not a friend commented on wall that i was checking his profile. what gives. no way for him to know this

  • Joey Boofangool

    Pretty sure its an algorithm combo of recently interacted, # of mutual friends, and most importantly people who are logged into FB at that point in time. For example, if there is someone who you share over 100 mutual friends with, and that person is constantly logged into FB, then they will always show up in your list!

  • Joey Boofangool

    Pretty sure its an algorithm combo of recently interacted, # of mutual friends, and most importantly people who are logged into FB at that point in time. For example, if there is someone who you share over 100 mutual friends with, and that person is constantly logged into FB, then they will always show up in your list!

  • mel

    i can’t really figure it out. i wondered about the online status, but then there are a couple on my list who always pop up who i highly doubt would be on as frequently as they appear. i dunno…i think they should just put it back to entirely random.
    i wonder if when you view someone else’s profile, the ppl who you see in THEIR list are the ones who stalk that profile most or the other way around.
    interesting.

  • me2

    me too. I would love to figure out what’s happening!! I have this one guy who 9/10 times shows up FIRST on my friends list…. we don’t have any sort of fb interaction (just lots of common friends)! It drives me crazy….no matter how many times I refresh the page he is always there, which makes no sense!

  • Joey

    What about the people that show up when you mouse-over your own name? For example if you go to your wall and there is a post that says “Joey Boofangool” (your name) was tagged in Jane Doe’s album. When you mouse-over your name there is 5 friends that show up. For me it is usually a combo of about 10 diff people every time I look at it. I have noticed that the people that show up here is not necessarily connected to the 10 that show up on your featured friends. There is some people that constantly show up on the mouse-over, that never show up on the friends list…one of the people that constantly shows up on my mouse-over is a girl that I know is obsessed with me and my striking good looks…I’m just sayin!

  • LO

    I think Facebook is lying.. but why? I’m sure it would stop some creepy stalking and let us know who cares enough to stop by our profile.

    I’ve been talking to a guy for the past 6months (Before the new thing come out.) and we do not talk publicly. We’ve only ever IM’d and maybe shared one or two messages, but as of the last two or so weeks he has been popping up on my friends list as well as the friends I talk to publicly.

    So heres the real question. We know its not random, we know its not based on PUBLIC interacting, so what exactly does it pop from?

    I say its who is looking at our page, in light of how mine and said guys relationship has took a turn for the… BETTER *wink wink* it makes perfect since he would be looking at my page more.

    EXPLAIN FACEBOOK!

  • RAWR

    IM GONNA FUCKIN GO UP TO FACEBOOK HEADQUARTERS AND MAKE THEM EXPLAIN THIS! I SWEAR

  • Petition

    Should we petition Facebook to find out what that list order is all about?

  • Anony_mouse

    I am researching the same thing and I also have found out some interesting facts:
    1) I create a fake profile and interact with it as a real person (tagging myself pics, posting on my own wall, and commenting on my own status and responding to my own comments), I also use that fake account to check my real profile several times a day. And the result is that the fake account shows up amongst the top 10 friendlist, no matter how many times I refresh the page !
    2) There are 4 people who I set privacy not to let them see my albums, my wall, comments and my notes (but still keeping their accounts in my friendlist), amazingly they still show up quite frequently on the top 10 friendlist. I dont know why they still show up because all that can be seen on my page from their accounts is only my name and a profile pic (these 4 females are not my fans, I know that they dislike me and only come visit my profile for curiosity so I set these privacy functions)
    3) I use the fake account to check the top 10 friendlist of a guy I know that crushes on me. It is so surprising that my real account often shows up in his 10 top friendlist though I never use this real account to visit his page !
    Can anyone explain this plz?. Those interesing facts are based on real experiment, and I am keep on researching. I will dig up the whole cyber world to find out the truth if possible !

  • Anonymous

    I am researching the same thing and I also have found out some interesting facts:
    1) I create a fake profile and interact with it as a real person (tagging myself pics, posting on my own wall, and commenting on my own status and responding to my own comments), I also use that fake account to check my real profile several times a day. And the result is that the fake account shows up amongst the top 10 friendlist, no matter how many times I refresh the page !
    2) There are 4 people who I set privacy not to let them see my albums, my wall, comments and my notes (but still keeping their accounts in my friendlist), amazingly they still show up quite frequently on the top 10 friendlist. I dont know why they still show up because all that can be seen on my page from their accounts is only my name and a profile pic (these 4 females are not my fans, I know that they dislike me and only come visit my profile for curiosity so I set these privacy functions)
    3) I use the fake account to check the top 10 friendlist of a guy I know that crushes on me. It is so surprising that my real account often shows up in his 10 top friendlist though I never use this real account to visit his page !
    Can anyone explain this plz?. Those interesing facts are based on real experiment, and I am keep on researching. I will dig up the whole cyber world to find out the truth if possible !

  • Anonymous

    Hey guys, type ^ into the SEARCH BY NAME: TYPE A FRIEND’S NAME box. Does the drop down list mean anything to you?

  • fbstalker

    Wow, typing the ^ brought up a similar group to my most common top friends. It also included someone I just friended yesterday and someone I just commented on, but hadn’t interacted with much recently. And another person I hadn’t interacted with publicly but send a private message. wtf Facebook?

    I would like to know what’s happening because someone I have a crush on and stalk has started popping up in my list. What I can’t figure out is if he’s there because I click on him frequently or because he is stalking me as well! Another guy who shows up on mine constantly is most likely stalking me (but we also private message) and another guy I haven’t interacted with in a while is showing up there (public interaction, private messages OR me clicking on his stuff) so this makes me think it IS the people who are looking at your profile.

    But what if it’s just relating to who is online at that time? Online stalkers? Hmmm.

    I would be thrilled if the list is showing us who is looking at our stuff, but similarly, this means I am showing up in their top friends as well. Is mutual stalking a match made in heaven?

  • fbstalker

    Wow, typing the ^ brought up a similar group to my most common top friends. It also included someone I just friended yesterday and someone I just commented on, but hadn’t interacted with much recently. And another person I hadn’t interacted with publicly but send a private message. wtf Facebook?

    I would like to know what’s happening because someone I have a crush on and stalk has started popping up in my list. What I can’t figure out is if he’s there because I click on him frequently or because he is stalking me as well! Another guy who shows up on mine constantly is most likely stalking me (but we also private message) and another guy I haven’t interacted with in a while is showing up there (public interaction, private messages OR me clicking on his stuff) so this makes me think it IS the people who are looking at your profile.

    But what if it’s just relating to who is online at that time? Online stalkers? Hmmm.

    I would be thrilled if the list is showing us who is looking at our stuff, but similarly, this means I am showing up in their top friends as well. Is mutual stalking a match made in heaven?

  • Anonymous

    Yes. It corresponds with the rotating list of five friends who appear when I hover over my name. Facebook admits to using the algorithm PageRank to determine who or what one is searching for on the FB web site. I assume its a combination of the friend profiles you’ve viewed the most often and most recently?

  • Anonymous

    If that was the case… If it just calculates who you’ve last communicated with via Facebook, what’s the point in the My Top Fan application?? I recently had this app up and a girl I was into just dropped all contact with me after she saw it, so she doesn’t blow her cover, and to think she was telling me the My Top Fan’s isn’t accurate and I joked with her and go “Oh so your not my number one fan?” she responded with “I didn’t say that.” So after that, I was sold on the facebook no longer being private.. But onto what I think it’s based on, with who views your profile. After watching and researching how Facebook got famous. They are all words, they don’t care about our privacy, all they care about is making money. So of course they would send you a message and tell you that that’s not the case. So I am a firm believer that it randomizes who view’s your comments, pictures, likes, and anything to do with your profile and that other persons.. But I really think it uses a calculating system on how you two view one another’s profiles. It probably doesn’t make sense, but if I knew math like Mr. Einstein, I’d figure a way to explain it, but I don’t. lol.

  • Anonymous

    FB disfunctioned the ^ key in its search… So someone from FB has been watching this post… If that’s the case… FB, would u kindly provide me an option to “hide my friend list to myself” so I dont c it every time I log onto my own page? Thanks!!!

  • ANONYMOUS

    I LOVE THIS FEATURE, I dont really care who can see me on their friendslist or know Im creeping, this is the life of facebook and we are supposed to creep. If you dont like people creeping you, then dont have a profile. Or put them on super limited.

  • ANONYMOUS

    I LOVE THIS FEATURE, I dont really care who can see me on their friendslist or know Im creeping, this is the life of facebook and we are supposed to creep. If you dont like people creeping you, then dont have a profile. Or put them on super limited.

  • pshh

    Their explaination doesnt make sense. There are people in there who I barely “pubically” interact with who have been glued to my wall for months now. Granted, in real life we are friends or have had a relationship… but they really shouldnt be appearing on my page if what FB says is true.

  • USA down with Facebook.

    As of yesterday, the ^ in the search bar feature no longer works. Good job Facebook.

  • AH HA!

    Okay… I think I got it figured out. It’s flipped flopped so it doesn’t invade your privacy, because you default your privacy with the people you accept as friends. But say I visit or comment to certain people, it will put the people I commonly look at, and what not. So if you want to check who’s been viewing you. Whomever is showing up on there list, are people that they communicate with most or whatever else on the damn site. But yeah, why get upset when your getting creeped? Makes ya feel important.. So I dunno why people complain either.

  • Liz

    You have exposed them in the biggest way and have hit the nail right on the head!!! What brought me to googling this matter is because I realized alot of what you said to be true as well…the same friends always showing up. And a certain “fond person” of mine is always there which lead me to suspect all of this even more. I was saying AMEN thru out your whole article. I don’t care what bogus response Facebook officials want to give…we common sense people call it for what it really is!

    • Anonymous

      : ) I AGREE

  • haha

    I think they might of changed it up actually.. They are monitoring this site… Hilarious.. Who cares FB?!?!? lol

  • Cherry

    I like seeing who is looking at my profile, it makes me feel important :)

  • Anonymous

    Facebook are the new “GODS”…hahaha. The power they have over us. :)

  • fblover

    Okay, for all of you asking if the friends list is any you view often, its NOT. Often I am on my own page as my page is BUMPIN’ haha but the pages I do view often almost never show up on my friends list unless they are stalking my page. I have this album only limited to a certain group of people, when we all had a party and I posted the pics…since they all could see it, all of them filled up my entire friends list immediately as they were looking at it. I practically live on facebook and the friends list looks like the people who are viewing your profile the most, if they are currently on they will instantly appear but it only works that way if they are regular “creepers”, like if I view a page of a person that I often visit, I will always show up on their friendslist after I refresh it once or twice if I dont see myself the first time, although if you view a page you rarely visit, you wont show up on their friends list unless they often creep you too.

  • curiouser

    fblover, if i view the page of my creeper and i start showing up on their friends list, how long does that last, a day, a week?

  • fblover

    @curiouser, I think this is where algorythm comes into place…I’ve seen my usual stalkers come on for 5 minutes on the friendslist, then suddenly disappear nomatter how many times I refresh the page they are never to be seen until days later and then realising that they’ve not been on facebook the whole time (cus they told me they were away). However, if you creep regularly, like a bunch of times in one day, it seems to remain on the whole day if you keep periodically checking up on the regular. Because one of my constant creepers has been on my friends list for 2 consecutive days, NEVER fails to appear and I may check their profile a few times in the day, but I dont stay on it too long and I havent showed up. I guess you will have to keep checking after certain lapses of time….I think its about 5 minutes, unless you keep checking periodically and for how long you remain on their profile?

  • SS6

    yes, I agree. The ones who remain on each persons friendslist are REGULAR stalkers, if they disappear its beceause they’ve not been creeping for awhile.

  • Cherry

    I would remain on this guys friendslist cus I was ALWAYS on his page, but now I check it a few times a day, quite regular but never remain on it very long and I havent showed up on his list. I think its people who remain on your page for an extended period of time.

  • anonymous

    Curiouser, it will all depend how often you are checking on it and how long you are staying on it for…for sure its not an entire day or a week. However it can last up to a week if you are stalking that much and that often.

  • Anonymous

    I think it may be the people who check your page. There are people I interact with a lot more on FB and they never show up on my list.

  • Anonymous

    I think it may be the people who check your page. There are people I interact with a lot more on FB and they never show up on my list.

  • confusedd

    I think the list may be a mixture of the people who’s pages you visit and the people who visit yours. A friend of mine passed away last month and a few weeks back i wrote on her wall….now her name appears on my list all the time?

  • idunno

    I am looking at an ex’s profile a lot and they show up on my list at least 50% of the time, probably when they are online. We hardly have any “public interaction” as our dating was in secret, and I am sure the stalking is not mutual though they may check my profile every once in a while. So I can’t help but think it’s also the people whose profiles we look at very often that also show up in our list.

  • I got it!

    How about we’re all just right? I mean I’m sure everyone with input has some kind of common sense to see that something is going on. Btw, I quit lookin at this girls profile for awhile and she quit showing up on my friends list. Then later on I see she was looking at my page, and next thing you know she’s back on my list. Mutual views will get someone up on that list.

  • Reena

    I think mututal views do, but I know that when I was looking at this persons page ALLLL the time and they NEVER showed up on my friends list EVER until they started creeping me again.

  • Bekka

    I started to go on others people’s profiles and refresh them a couple times. i went back to my profile and after a few refreshes, they were there. It HAS to be partially who YOU are stalking. Others possibly could be some that you had interaction with a long time ago, and facebook is trying to urge you to speak with them again, as with my Ex who keeps showing up, and this girl that keeps showing up.

  • anonymous

    I’m still interested in how FB determines the five friends who appear when you hover over your own name. At least in my case, it appears completely unrelated to the friend list on the left side of my profile. Oh, and the top 10 friends listed when I type a “^” into the friends search bar are the same friends who consistently appear (in various combinations) when I hover over my name.

  • anonymous

    I’m still interested in how FB determines the five friends who appear when you hover over your own name. At least in my case, it appears completely unrelated to the friend list on the left side of my profile. Oh, and the top 10 friends listed when I type a “^” into the friends search bar are the same friends who consistently appear (in various combinations) when I hover over my name.

  • Nara

    the trick is to not visit other peoples profiles for awhile and all your stalkers appear on the friends list and “^”…not sure about the name hovering, it seems people who are also stalking me.

  • Coral

    The friends list may be people that you view but who definitely view you, I havent been on ANYBODIES profile accept my own for the past 4 days and it’s the same people all the time, the same 15 or 16 alternate in that ten, all of whom I know either have crushes on me or I know that creep my page.

  • curiouser

    @Cherry You mentioned you are not showing up on his list anymore cos you don’t stay on his profile for a long time, but is he showing up on your own profile’s list? Thanks in advance!

    @fblover thanks for your reply!

  • y78990

    So, when I type in the “^” it shows the top 4 people, I knnow for a fact they all stalk my page but the first one that is showing hasn’t been on for 2 days or something because I haven’t seen her on my list. Makes me think that the top 4 are overall top stalkers and the list is more “recent or current/active/online” stalkers. What do you think guys?

  • y78990

    So, when I type in the “^” it shows the top 4 people, I knnow for a fact they all stalk my page but the first one that is showing hasn’t been on for 2 days or something because I haven’t seen her on my list. Makes me think that the top 4 are overall top stalkers and the list is more “recent or current/active/online” stalkers. What do you think guys?

  • Cherry

    @Curiouser: Yes he is and I realise the list has VERY LITTLE to do with who’se profile you visit as I rarely visit anybodies because I’m one of those people with like 2000 friends and so much is going on my own page, but I do visit 1 of the 10 regularly on the list and as many times as I stay on their profile or visit their page, they NEVER show up on my page unless they happen to be viewing mine as well and its because sometimes theyll show up on my page for 20 mins and suddenly dissappear never to be seen until days later. So I have come to the conclusion the list has VERY LITTLE to do with who you view or have regular contact with and more to do with who views your profile.

  • AxMan

    @Cherry Don’t you think it’s possible that since you have 2000 friends. That it would alter your list a little bit more? I mean most people I know on average have like 500-800 friends. So when you have double that amount, don’t you think it’d effect your list?

    @y78990 I never knew of the ^ thing. I wonder what that means. lol.. I’m almost certain at least the top five look at my page a lot.

  • Cherry

    @ Axman, no not really cus only 230 of them are able to view my full profile, the rest of them are on limited!

  • AxMan

    @Cherry.. Well shit.. lol… I’ve been noticing a few other things. But you have 2000 friends? So I’m sure you’ve been getting friend requests out the ass. So the more people you have on your friends list, that OBVIOUSLY gives you more of a chance to have a wide variety of random people showing up. But I’m sure if you sat there forever, you’d be able to find out. Or if anything those random people showing up were guys/girls who still try to look at your profile, but get reminded that they can only see a limited one.

    I’m pretty sold that theirs a way to get an idea of who’s looking at your page often. But you kind of have to combine what everyone observes and you’ll get an idea. Check the friends thing on the left, look at someone else’s friends list, find out your top fans, and do the “^” in the search bar. We’re never going to find out exactly how to do this. But Facebook has done a good job in trying to keep pages intact with people that they normally interact with. So yes, under the privacy rules and regulations that Facebook abides. They’re not going to make it look obvious. But if it’s possible to find out who’s looking at your page, it’s not done on purpose by Facebook. I mean what would be the point in having it random? I mean, they’re going to make it to where it’s people you interact with. If they keep it to where it’s interesting by noticing who’s visiting each others profiles, then it gives them more hits to make more money. So people can argue saying they won’t invade privacy. But we’re talking about Harvard under grads who fucked each other over BECAUSE of money. So why wouldn’t they invade our privacy and make us more interested? SO THEY CAN MAKE MORE CASH! So just do all of those things that I mentioned earlier and the people you see often I’m sure have something to do with visiting your page.

  • Cherry

    @ Axman, like I said, 2000 friends but only 230 of them can view things…the other dont see anything but an album or two. My friends list only rotates between 15 of the same people and it never changes, all of whom are close to me and I know creep me.

  • AxMan

    @Cherry that makes sense.

  • TomC

    So accurate. I’ve been telling people this!

  • Urduja

    Has anybody figured out the “^” means? Out of the top 3, 2 are currently on my list now but the top 1 hasn’t been on the list for a week now although I know they creep a lot. So why is it still showing them as the first if they haven’t been on my list in ages? Do u think this is overall?

  • Chrissy

    This is not true, because friends of mine that are actually have been incarnated in jail for months, have not been able to go on their facebook, but yet they still pop up in my random 10 friends… so this idea might seem logical but it is completely untrue

  • Urduja

    @ Chrissy, you cannot say its “UNTRUE” completely because I know they do show up when people are creeping, friends I know that creep me tell me when they are and they always show up too when they are doing it, we never said it was the ONLY thing….it is probably a mixture.

  • AxMan

    For all you non open minded people. Just because someone is in jail or deceased doesn’t really mean anything if they show up on your friends list. As I said above, you have to look at all the possible ways that I mentioned. It’s not going to have EVERYONE that you creep or that creep you. And yes its a MIXTURE of things that determine who’s on your page. Like I said Facebook needs to know who’s interested and really.. They did good with that too. I mean why not show someone who’s in jail or deceased? I guarantee it makes you click on there page. More money to Facebook, just for a view. How many people do you think monitor Facebook? A LOT. AND those people in JAIL can creep on your Facebook depending on where they are locked up, and they could of been creepers before they got locked up.

  • Anonymous

    What’s this “^”? I typed that and it doesn’t work?

  • Cherry

    FUCKERS, they disabled the feature again.

  • anonymous

    ^ does not work anymore! If someone figures out another way…post please!

  • Anonymous

    ^ does not work anymore! If someone figures out another way…post please!

  • Anonymous

    Here’s what I found: I experimented and
    ‘stalked’ one/two profiles everyday for a couple of weeks(I chose ones that I never look at and who would never stalk me) . After a month and a half they showed up as one of the random 5 mouseover friends and in my “^” list.
    I also created a fake profile on another computer and stalked myself. That profile showed up on the “^” list, not on the mouseover yet (only been a couple of weeks) or the side friends list. What do you think?

  • Anonymous

    Keep watching this page Facebook! lol

  • curiouser

    Looks to me like Facebook tweaked their algorithm on Tuesday back to an older version or they have done some sort of reset on their logs of our interactions and got rid of the most recent data. They’ve definitely been doing something, since the ^ is again not working.

    Why I think they purged data or tweaked the algo is because I had 2 people that were stuck permanently on my list based on being tagged in the same photos and attending the same events, which is weighted more strongly by Facebook. We have pretty much no other interaction. They finally disappeared last month but now they have both reappeared at the same time starting just today and are always showing up again. GRRR!

  • Steve

    I have experienced this problem and it’s freaking me out! I am back with a girlfriend and have been for some time. We broke up early last year for a few months and I know she was seeing another guy. Whenever I click on her profile it is always the same friends and he is ALWAYS in there. However, I know for a fact that some of these friends she has zero contact with but could be people that frequently view her profile. Therefore I am hoping that it is the case he still checks out her profile a lot and not that they are actually still in contact….someone reassure me?! Anyone else experienced the same?

  • meowwwww

    Steve: I don’t check anyone on my friendslists profiles, the one I do check often almost never shows up on my list…the rest I know at school and are close to me but its definitely not who I interact with or check AT ALL. I still beleive its who views you most.

  • Tim Cavanagh

    I think that this programe is good

  • Pantheist

    I think (and hope) it does show who has viewed your profile, or who views regularly. There’s this girl who I used to play in a band with years ago. I always got the impression she really liked me, but nothing ever happened. A few years later I added her on facebook, but have never interacted with her. I’ve only noticed recently that she pops up a lot in my friends list on the left.

    There’s definitely is a link between who you interact with the most and who shows up in those 10 friends. The people I interact with the most always show up (4-5 people). But there is no reason why this girl (who appeared to have a crush on me) should show up as much as she does. We never interact on FB, and I don’t snoop on her page.

  • Sparkling Rivers

    FACEBOOOOOK!!!! BRING ^ search back!!! UGH!! They frustrate me.

  • Birdcage

    i am so frustratedddddddddddd. ive been interacting and viewing all these different friends who ARE NOT on my friendslist and my friendslist hasnt changed in 3 days, its been the same people in teh rotation. SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN? I have had no interaction nor looked at their profiles and i have about 800 friends so tell me how its only been showing 11 or 12 in the box? CONSTANTLy, the same ones. I know other friends are looking at my profile cus they’ve been interacting with me. So why hasnt my friends box changed?

  • Cooties

    Looks like its completely random now.

  • puffy

    Well goodamnit if its so random, I cannot even see who views my profile..it makes me want to delete my account. I know many others who are saying their gonna do the same.

  • rumpsteak

    I agree with everyone it’s def arranging your friends list according to profile views, whether they have or will change it i don’t know , but it’s seems to be a mix of what everyones saying, I always thought it may be the case but began to get worried it was in my mind. Thank folks for reassuring me I am not suffering from facebook psychosis.!x
    If you were to do a proper experiment, wouldn’t some simple maths prove it couldn’t be random? (by the way I know nothing of experiments , maths or programming, but I bet someone reading this prob does. As it stands it seems half the friends in the box seem to be people we might expect to check our profiles or interact with but half don’t……mmmmmmmm

  • LadyLoo

    I just refreshed my FB page 3 times and the same people remained in the friends box! Definitely something going on….

  • cheerio

    My friendslist hasnt changed in days either

  • AxMan

    @rumpsteak As I was saying above, it’s definitely going off of those things. For them to keep people interested so they can continue to make money, they will figure ways to keep us interested via having us interact with our favorite people. Why would they put random people up? It doesn’t make sense to me. In the marketing world, they will do anything and everything to make a little extra cash. Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and McDanold’s are perfect examples. They will do anything and everything for more money. So I think it makes perfect sense for them to abide by our privacy policy.. BUT that’s all just little lettering on a damn website. Do you actually trust there word? I don’t.. And quite frankly I could care less if people can see I’m viewing their page or vise versa. I mean…. We all made a facebook for a reason, right? But I think I’m going to try to do some math and see the probability of having the same people on there over and over, and seeing how random it actually is.

  • Birdcage

    It seems the mouseover name thing shows the people who use to be on my friends list and who I think creep, but now my list has the same random people showing up, only 2 of them had activity with me, others who had way more interaction arent showing up at all. Makes no fucking sense.

  • R.

    Well, I think calling it an invasion of privacy is a little far-stretched. I mean, you’re basically on Facebook, and you decide what to put out publicly. I think it’s awesome to know who checks your profile. It’s especially important to know, because then you have a clear idea of who fancies you or not, and if the crush you like likes you back. Maybe for you married people, or for people who prefer to be single, or asexual people, it doesn’t matter, but for us still young and playing the singles game, it MATTERS. Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      Amen to that!!

  • Anonymous

    Love your comment, R.!!! lol

  • Anonymous

    I also think the “people you may know” window is stalker related. I created a fake profile ages ago to check my privacy settings (this was before fb introduced the privacy view feature) anyway.. I had no friends in my profile and i searched my proper profile and a couple of my close friends a few times. Then logged into my normal profile only to find my fake profile appearing to the right in friends you may know.
    After discussing this with a friend she mentioned how a random overseas hookup from 5 years ago, with no friends in common appeared in her friends you may know column.

  • Anonymous

    The answer is simple….. do NOT use Facebook……..
    ignore it, delete it, petition, DEMAND for it to be closed down if that’s what it’ll take to stop them.

  • Anonymous

    lol you think you can petition facebook away? get a grip.

  • Cherry

    We don’t want that? More than half of us are completely addicted but it’s too late now, we love it. Although I wish I could see who was looking at my profile most.

  • Anonymous

    i noticed that when i go look at some my friends profiles I come up in their friends list. even to friends i dont interact with much on FB.
    I also notice when people start commenting or liking my posts out of no where they begin to appear on my friends list.
    neither of these happen 100% of the time but im sure the friends lists are built upon interaction other FB users somehow.

  • Anonymous

    It’s Facebook and America. It’s not going away, so quit bein a loser and trying to petition for it to be gone. People like you are strange, who want it to be gone. How about you just stay off of it? lol.. I think it’s just a way to communicate with old school mates, and keep in touch. Get over the fact that the world evolves.. And honestly, we’ll never know if it’s legit or not. But my money is on that it actually mean’s something… As I’ve said earlier, it’s ALLL fuckin marketing, and about money. So we’re not stopping Facebook. So whoever want’s Facebook gone? Just stay off of it. Pce

  • Neil

    It’s rubbish, my ex-boss ALWAYS writes on my page, comments on my status etc. You just have to look down my page to see that nobody interacts with me as much as them, yet they are not on the list, whereas somebody who I may have wrote ‘Happy Birthday’ on their wall is!

  • anonymous

    Ok what i have picked up is that when you visit other peoples profiles the friends shown on they’re page is who’s page they’ve visited lately. i tested this theory on different occasions by viewing my profile on someone elses account and the people that showed up on mine where people i had viewed recently. i dont know… but it kinda suss.

  • D

    I completely agree that according to what I have been noticing on my Facebook page every day, it is people checking me out. I have 541 friends, and the SAME folks I know that are most interested in me and my life ALWAYS appear on the left-sided friend column. They are definitely NOT people that I check out, but it makes quite sense as to why they would check me out (for various reasons, weather business or pleasure). Therefore, I am convinced that left column definitely shows people who are checking out my page–and most recently, too…not from a month and a half ago. Again, this is my own guesstimation, but I’m sure I am correct.

  • anonymous

    I’ve been reading the entire discussion here and I don’t know which one is right. I mostly check my best guy friend’s fb and I swear every time I check his profile I ALWAYS see this girl on his friend list. It’s making me paranoid and I can’t help but to worry. Could she be stalking him or him stalking her? I wish facebook would make it random instead of all the “stalkers” appearing . not cool.

  • Daniya

    anonymous, so you would rather be in ignorance and pretend that this girl isnt checking ur boyfriends page or vice versa? Turn a blind eye? Ignorance is bliss for u I guess. I like knowing the truth..

  • AxMan

    If your paranoid, something is wrong there, so my advice to you… See what’s really going on. But he is just your best guy friend right? So what are you worried about? If your feeling more for him, shouldn’t you be thinking about making a move, or even mentioning it to him? It’s obvious that you like him.. You know guys don’t always enjoy making the moves.

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha this has turned from FACEBOOK FRIENDSLIST CHAT into DATING ADVICE 101 :)

  • blue

    I wish I knew for certain if it is who views my profile. All i do know is I do not interact with the ones showing on friends. the ones I do interact with and view only very occasionally show in top 10 list.

  • Anonymous

    For me its who I stalk, I hardly do anything with fb except to check out this person, & (s)he is always on my page. not cool

  • WakeUp

    Facebook is dark. Very dark.

  • anonymous

    this is the anonymous who is paranoid about this girl who keeps apearing on my best guy friend’s friend list all the time. Yes, I have feelings for him and it really pissess me off everytime i see her name on his friend list. We don’t go a day without talking and i guess i got too attached to him. Just this girl.. asdjksak. Facebook, you are killing me.

    Thank you for all the advice you wonderful people :)♥

  • Anonymous

    The no.1 person u check out the most will definitely get their ass up there on ur friends list whether or not they check u too, no doubt about that

  • Anonymous

    The people who pages I go never show up in my friend list.I don’t know if it is who’s looking at my page but it’s strange that it’s always the same people.

  • AxMan

    Haha.. Hope you get that figured out anonymous, with the best guy friend thing. You’ll get it figured out! And yeah this isn’t a Facebook site anymore, this is DATING 101! lol

  • btown

    for those who also wonder about the 5 ppl when you go over your name: those ppl also appear when you look at your own photos on the top right hand side (you ll find either links to their photo albums, past status updates etc)

    • Deb Smith

      Very, very interesting observation.

  • Cherry

    The number one person who I constantly check out is NEVER on my friendslist…

    • georgia

      The same with me, Cherry- I am opening a profile frequently, but I never appear between the first 10 people on his his friends list…don´t know what the explanation is.

  • Anonymous

    I always see the same peoples photo albums as well and I haven’t even viewed theres. What do you mean 5 people show up when you go over your name?

  • zara

    Yeah, I tried that and it happened. There’s another thing I have been noticing. People who are not even in my friend list appear above my friends in facebook search box. And i have never even opened their profiles! (except now I had to out of curiosity) Does it use the same method? I mean can we see the people who check out our profiles but are not our friends or am I just being paranoid?

  • zara

    Yeah, I tried that and it happened. There’s another thing I have been noticing. People who are not even in my friend list appear above my friends in facebook search box. And i have never even opened their profiles! (except now I had to out of curiosity) Does it use the same method? I mean can we see the people who check out our profiles but are not our friends or am I just being paranoid?

  • http://geezer90.blogspot.com Steve

    Hell yeah. This is so true. I checked on my profile and I thought the same thing too. I refreshed my profile again and over again and the same person showed up.

  • Hmmm

    What about the search box?? Someone I know but have not added on FB keeps coming up everytime..even if I just type the letter D (which they’re name begins with, they will be 2nd or third on the list! What’s up with that??

  • Hmmm

    What about the search box?? Someone I know but have not added on FB keeps coming up everytime..even if I just type the letter D (which they’re name begins with, they will be 2nd or third on the list! What’s up with that?? I just typed every other letter of the alphabet in the search box and everyname that came up I recognised…odd.

  • rumpsteak

    @Hmmm how weird I noticed the same thing, I hope someone who knows about computer programming or whatever it is would answer this.

  • Ambrosia's Player

    i stalk all the people on the list :)

  • curiouser

    What do you all make of the friends matrix? When you click on “Friends (601)” and then click on on the 3×3 tic tac toe icon next to the search by name box. Any ideas as to whether those people in the middle rows are folks checking out your profile?

  • Anonymous

    I have been doing a lot of trial-and-error experiments over the past two or three weeks in order to catch any patterns. I thought I should throw in a kink that I’ve just now experienced.

    The ten friends on my profile (the ones who show up on the left hand side of the profile page) changed suddenly this past Saturday (26 Mar 2011) and stayed that away until I emptied/deleted my entire internet cache. Afterwards, the ten people were the same as they had been before Saturday.

    I’m personally not sure yet what that means, but I do know this: whenever Facebook shows you those ten friends in the bottom-left of your profile, it saves which ones to show you in your internet cache. So, if you empty the cache, things probably ‘revert’ to whatever the ‘default’ setting is.

  • http://amandadookie.wordpress.com/ Dooks

    I totally agree. The people who show up on my list are definitely people who I creep, or know there is a good chance they are creeping me. 9 times out of 10 there is some connection that can be made. This is just from observation but it doesnt seem random enough to not be a coincidence…

  • strawberryroad

    ive noticed that when you hover your mouse over your name the 5 people that come up are usually people who use phones. if you keep refreshing its the same ones but they don’t always appear on the left bar. When they are abroad they will also appear in the 5 when you hover your mouse but when they are using a laptop or pc they will appear on the side bar. well thats what i’ve concluded.

  • curiouser

    Anon, you’re totally right about the cache thing. It’s definitely related. I had a computer meltdown today that reset some stuff and now my sidebar peeps are all back to the “default!”

    I’m not sure what it means either, but some questions are how often does Facebook use the cache to fill the list and how often does it introduce new faces? My guess is that it makes adjustments every couple of days based on interaction and the rest of the time it’s based on your cache and who’s online now.

  • Melody

    Does anyone know if you can select a friend’s photo to not appear publicly as a friend (e.g., in a google search) or show up on your friends left sidebar? I thought I read that it could be done but not sure how.

  • WestVirginia

    Funny! I have been noticing for the past several months that people keep popping up under my friend list on my page that I no longer have contact with. I googled this question, and found this article. I think that you have hit the nail on the head! The people who pop up on my page are NOT random, they are NOT people whose pages I visit, and they are NOT people that I am in regular contact with…. they ARE in fact people who might have a reason to be creeping on my page, which is the very reason I decided to investigate. Let’s keep this to ourselves now, so that we will know who is creeping without commenting…

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t mind betting that friends list on the left is largely based on those people you publicly interact with most frequently, as Facebook suggests. But as everyone on here has rightly pointed out, those extra characters are simply NOT random. They are almost always people very much in your current consciousness: you either see or think about them on a day-to-day basis, and vice versa. So while there is often little need to ‘publicly interact’ on Facebook – because that job is done in real life – their presence on your friends list reflects the fact that you are at least looking at their profile and vice versa with some regularity. I’d say there are also conspicuous additions from those you interact with privately interact with too.

    Clearly, Facebook stores away all sorts of data ‘somewhere else’; you can hardly navigate the site without it handily presenting you with photo albums of your ‘stalkee’ to check out, and whenever you use the search bar, no matter how many caches you’ve cleared, it always KNOWS who you’re looking for. Probably meant to be intuitive, but in actual fact it’s rather creepy indeed.

  • Anonymous

    And presumably a ‘public interaction’ is a two-way thing: if Person 1 is judged by Facebook to be publicly interacting enough with Person 2 to appear on their profile, then the opposite should be true as well. But this isn’t always the case, which suggests there is some sort of imbalance there – created by a disparity at how much these two interactors look at each other’s profiles.

  • Melody

    What about the fact that if you do a public search on yourself, the 10 friends are different than those 10 appearing after you sign in within minutes of doing the public search? That doesn’t make sense to me. It seems like it should be consistent between public and private.

  • curiouser

    I have a new theory, let me know what you think. Anybody who has a public setting that says “in a relationship with…” will never show up on anybody’s list. This is done intentionally by Facebook so that the SOs do not get crazy jealous.

    In a nutshell, only people who have their relationship status hidden or says Engaged or Married will show up on a friend’s list. This might explain why some patterns hold true for some people and not for others.

  • Sue K

    I think it is the people who view you the most. I have an ex and I didn’t view his profile and all of a sudden he showed up on my friends list. I went to his page and sure as shit he has accessed his page within a couple of hours. So I have left it and again – he showed up in my friends profile and again he had accessed his page. This has happened again and again!

  • mia

    I have the answer!
    The majority of the people tha appear on my list are those that i interacted on their profile and have recently been on line(usually 12 hours earlier).
    Now some 3- 4 friends that constantly appear are those that at some point during the year i wrote on their wall (for example to say happy birthday) but they never replied and obviously don’t log in anymore so facebook is trying to remind you to contact them again and maybe make them become more active.

  • anonymous

    ok, this is driving me crazyyyy can someone please give me an answer?

    the SAME PPL over again keep appearing on the right side for memorable status updates and photo albums.

    some of these ppl i’m very close with so i visit their profiles from time to time, and comment/like their posts.

    but there are some ppl’s that appear all the time that i almost never interact with? does this have anything to do with how many times they view my profile?

    and WHAT DETERMINES who shows up on the newsfeed? most of the time, ‘popular’ photos or status updates show up, but a lot of times, just a single post or comment by the SAME ppl keep appearing. again, these are ppl that i don’t really interact with on fb. any connection to their viewing my profile?

  • georgia

    i think that it is showing the people whos profile you have been on iv realized that some come up after they have wrote on my wall or have interacted with me but then i also realized that if i went onto somebodys profile iv not spoken to in a wile they would then come up onto my friend box ,, very confusing i think it is mixed of who you look at and who looks at you

  • Anonymous

    ok, this is driving me crazyyyy can someone please give me an answer?

    the SAME PPL over again keep appearing on the right side for memorable status updates and photo albums.

    some of these ppl i’m very close with so i visit their profiles from time to time, and comment/like their posts.

    but there are some ppl’s that appear all the time that i almost never interact with? does this have anything to do with how many times they view my profile?

    and WHAT DETERMINES who shows up on the newsfeed? most of the time, ‘popular’ photos or status updates show up, but a lot of times, just a single post or comment by the SAME ppl keep appearing. again, these are ppl that i don’t really interact with on fb. any connection to their viewing my profile?

  • Delia Darrow

    Facebook admits that it’s the people who you interact with the most are the ones showing up on your page. Simply clicking on someone’s profile is viewed by the system as a form of interaction, I doubt Facebook has the capability of telling the difference between viewing a profile, sending a message, posting on the wall or chatting on IM, etc. It’s all the same to the system.

    The same 15 people keep showing up on my list, some of them I really haven’t talked to in 6 months, so these people MUST be clicking on my profile.

  • danny b

    Yeah I’ve been trying that out myself and it is not random, the only thing is if I see some ladies appearing often on my 10 friend list after I have a few beers i end up sending them messages to get them out on a date and no response so far……..so i’m sorry now I started checking that out, but we live in hope

  • YOURNAME

    Ok here’s what I noticed. The left side on your main facebook profile is not as sensitive to hits. The recently interacted list and little photo albums on the right seem to be sensitive. I know this because: I had a group of people blocked for the longest time and by accident I allowed them back in to see my posts. I noticed a person in particular from the list I thought was blocked, pop up in the recently interacted list and photo albums on the right. The person never showed up on the left side “profile friends”.

    I’m curious as to how the profile friends on the left are chosen…

  • Anonymous

    I think this is the truth about the mouseover:
    those friends shown on mouseover are ppl u visited the most among all ur friends. It has nothing to do with anything else.

  • Mr. Bojangles

    I want to say I’m 100% sure it’s based off the people looking at you. 7 of the 10 I have had pretty much no interaction with but they’re the ones I know look at my page all the time.

  • YOURNAME

    As said earlier Facebook can be a dark dark place. Don’t take these things seriously. Don’t let it affect your perceptions of people in real-life.

  • anon

    I have around 600 friends, most of the people I interact with regularly and recently appear in my box apart from maybe 2 I think may be random. However, I stalk my ex’s profile maybe twice a day (not for long) and he is a regular on my box, even though we haven’t communicated for a few weeks and that was via pm. He always comes up on my page all day on Sunday (and a few other days too), noticed it for quite a while, but not this week. I logged in earlier and he was there, but only once and when I refreshed my page he was gone and didn’t return. I know he is going away for a few days so wasn’t expecting him at all, but the only once thing is a bit suspect Don’t know if it’s me stalking him, him stalking me or a bit of both, there is something in it, sure the friend box is not random.

  • FordPrefect

    It can’t possibly be the people with whom I interact the most as Facebook alleges, because I regularly and routinely send messages to a certain handful of 5-10 people, none of whom are currently there and very few of whom regularly show up in that box. Some of them are people I have contacted once in the last six months, and some are people who have contacted me or commented on something on my page frequently. It has to be a both-ways thing, and if so it could boil down to simply “who views your profile”.

  • esther

    Has anyone considered that the friends list might have different functions?

    For example:
    x+y+z = 15
    -X people you publicly interact with
    -Y people you’ve gone through their entire photo album at least once
    -Z people are completely random

    just a thought.

  • Anon

    Did a bit of research over the last few days, decided to choose 2 friends who I know personally but never interact with on fb and I know would not view my profile. I visited both friends regularly and viewed their albums and each time stayed on their pages for a while, one had a birthday so posted a comment on his wall. So far neither of them have come up in my friend box but I did notice that the mouseover had both of them in it, this tells me that at least some of the people who come up are people that you are viewing. I then noticed that a friend who I haven’t interacted with in some time came up, next thing there was a pm from her. She stayed on my box all that night and then not again for 2 days when she appeared again, I checked her profile and she had just been online. I think the friend box def has something to do with profile views but also when people who have recently visited your page come online too. I also checked this with friends who I do interact with frequently (mutual page views) and they also seem appear in my box when they are online. So far anyway my “test cases” have never showed up and I know both have been online, either it takes time for them to appear (a few weeks maybe) or it has nothing to do with who’s profile you view.

    • CC

      This is what I have found too, for the most part!

  • zaichik

    I think the friends list on the left is people that you have interacted with, or those that have interacted with you, and the People you may know contains the stalkers…….

  • http://st.ricky@comcast.net rick785

    There is definitely something gong on.I have looked at pages of old high school chums.Most are unacceptable as friends so I move on.The next day they show up on friend suggestions.

  • http://st.ricky@comcast.net rick785

    There is definitely something gong on.I have looked at pages of old high school chums.Most are unacceptable as friends so I move on.The next day they show up on friend suggestions.

  • Chickpea

    Clearing the cache did not change my friendslist at all, as someone mentioned above…

  • Anon

    I just signed up for facebook last week. I have had very little contact with the 50-60 ppl who I am friends with. A few ppl wrote something on my wall, I maybe left 2 comments on friends’ walls. Anyway, most of the 10-15 people who ALWAYS show up on my wall (hundreds of refreshes over 2 days) are people I have had absolutely ZERO contact with besides accepting their friend request. I haven’t gone to their profiles either.

    Something’s going on here, and it’s absolutely NOT what the facebook person told you.

  • Anon

    Oh yea, and there are also many people who absolutely NEVER show up on my friends list, even if I go to their profile a dozen times. I’ve been curious how this works, so I’ve refreshed the list hundreds of times. I still see the same people no matter what my behavior is.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ckata2/ ckata

    Besides popping on the left column..
    at times the same fb friend’s “yr frnds profile” will also suddenly appear on the right column..

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone looked at their own profile through a friend’s account? I heard that other people will see a different friends list on your profile than you see. They will see mostly mutual friends and stuff. Looking to get confirmation.

  • Sigma

    @Anonymous
    Yeah, when I first realised I was almost always seeing the same people, I told a friend about it and they looked at my profile and it was different.

  • http://st.ricky@comcast.net rick785

    It does appear however that suggested friends is affected by merely looking at some one’s page.
    This is the problem with trying to find old friends who have postings that are so offensive and will never receive a request from me.They do however know that you have looked at their page.

  • http://st.ricky@comcast.net rick785

    It does appear however that suggested friends is affected by merely looking at some one’s page.
    This is the problem with trying to find old friends who have postings that are so offensive and will never receive a request from me.They do however know that you have looked at their page.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks @Sigma! I wonder if this means that when we look at other people’s profiles, even though we don’t see ourselves on their list, they can see us!

  • Anonymous

    I think that people that check your profile are definitely in your top 15 friends list. For an example.. there’s this girl that’s always on the top of my list even though we never interact, later I found out that she heard that her ex was hitting on me.. I know how girls are so I’m pretty sure that she was checking my page a lot and that’s the reason why she showed up in my top 15 friends list… Another example: there’s this guy I like.. we don’t have to much contact on facebook, but I do check his page a lot! haha.. all of the sudden I saw my own picture at the top of his friends list… busted!!! haha I’m convinced the list contains of the people who check your profile the most

  • jimbob

    You have thought about this far too much dude!!! really lol… I’d be more inclined to write an article about how it annoys me that I keep getting requests for Farmville and that its disturbing how people I know just have to get on and water their crops before they die!! cummon really!!

  • C'estMoi

    ok, it’s true that when you hover over your name you see people you’ve viewed the most. I’ve tried an experiment for 2 weeks. I checked their profiles everyday and voilà: all of them 4 appeared today…

  • C'estMoi

    oh and now they disappeared.. weird!

  • nimo

    the list seems to break down into:
    1. a portion are ppl i never talk to or ppl who i know would never visit my profile, i guess fb wants me to interact with them.
    2. people i have recently interacted with
    3. (maybe) ppl who has recently viewed my profile

    it doesn’t just have to fit one criteria. i think the list is selected based on all 3 criteria above.

  • Person

    Okay, I became interested in this a few days ago when I noticed a particular person showing up several times in my list. I wasn’t sure if possibly the reason why was because of my “stalking” or because I was being stalked back. I Googled it to see if I could figure out a reason why. This particular thread was helpful with thoughts and a base for my own discoveries, so I figure I’ll give some of my own observations back.

    For one, I have two lists of the same people that seem semi-stuck on my profile. These lists alternate with each other throughout the day. Now, the whole time the list with the one person kept appearing after many refreshes, that name kept coming up first in the search bar regardless of the fact I kept going to, browsing and refreshing the profiles of other closely related friends starting with the same letter in an attempt to make those names appear first in the search bar. They rarely did. During the time the person was showing up on my profile and first in my search bar, they were also far more likey to appear in the thumbnails when the cursor was over my name. Then, after a while, and a few logouts and purposefully not pulling up that particular profile, the list switched back to the alternate. A few hours later all of these things then switched back to favoring the experimental list. So, the search bar, thumbnails and tops friends are clearly related, but I’m not sure why. It could be an issue of who’s online, who on a particular list has checked your profile or it could just be a timed thing.

    Okay, I know this was way long, but I found these things interesting and wanted to pass it along.

  • Person

    Okay, follow up. I did just manage to land myself on the profile friends list of one of those friends with a similar first letter name that I was checking against that particular person. She is a close friend and we communicate a lot on each other’s profiles and are tagged together often, but I wasn’t on her first friends until today when I pseudo stalked her for the purposes of this experiment. Now to see if I end up on the other’s list too.

    So, I now believe it does combine a mixture of some but probably limited mutual profile interaction, who looks at you, who you look at, how extensive the looking is and recent activity. I don’t even care that much about “person” that first drew me into this curiosity, now I’m just excited to find insight into how it works.

  • http://www.cygnismedia.com/ Facebook Application

    This is really fantastic advice, thank you so much

  • Gunnar

    When I open the “Find Friend” menu various search parameters are shown – among them “common friends”. Three of my current friends are always shown default, but when I refresh the page some ten times it seems apparent that these three are always selected from the same list of what appears to be my top ten friends.

    This top ten list is not shown elsewhere on my FB. It differs largely from the left column on my homepage (however the top ten friends are included there, but many other more inferior friends are too).

    The top ten list consists of people who tend to like and comment my posts – and I generally also read, like and comment on their posts.

    One friend, however, is special since she is not that active in posting things herself. So basically I do not have much interaction with her – I rarely stalk her pages, because I dont like to (she is a total hottie, and I told her so some months ago, but it turned out she is in a relationship). Nevertheless she remains constantly in my top ten (which doesnt seem to shift a lot over time).

    But here is the real story I wanted to share: When I click my own photos her friends are very often suggested as people I may know in the right top column – even though she is the only friend I have in common with them. There are lots of people that I share up to 25-30 friends with and that I haven chosen not to be FB friends with, and they are never suggested as people I may know, while her relatives and aquiantances from abroad, whith whom I only have one friend in common: her, are suggested all the time. And the pattern is very clear!

    I cannot come to any other conclusion than this must be because she is watching me and my posts more closely than anybody else.

    I have also noticed that the above mentioned pattern intensifies whenever she is or has just been online.

  • Anon

    Been trying my test cases for days now and no matter how hard I try I cannot get the 2 people who I know never view my profile to show up on my top friends box, this rules out the “it’s me viewing their profile” idea. I have got myself on theirs a few times though when I have visited their page, stands to reason that you would appear on their list if you viewed their profile, not the other way round. The majority of people who appear in my friend box are people who visit my page (post on my wall) and I do the same on theirs. Think it has to be mutual recent profile views (and when they have been online) otherwise ????

    • Person

      Yep, I think you are absolutely right. I think there has to be some, though probably very limited, profile interaction and the rest is about mutual page viewing. And again, I think who has logged in recently also influences the search bar and friends lists. It seems to be a trigger for the pattern.

    • Person

      Yep, I think you are absolutely right. I think there has to be some, though probably very limited, profile interaction and the rest is about mutual page viewing. And again, I think who has logged in recently also influences the search bar and friends lists. It seems to be a trigger for the pattern.

  • Anon

    This is what I think it is, People you have regular and fairly frequent public interaction with, they tend to come up periodically and often. Maby 2 random, they tend to stay for a bit but then you will notice it changes to others but they don’t stay on the list long. The rest are people who view your profile/mutual profile views. Never going to get to the bottom of it but I find it interesting, took me a while to notice the same person (who I have virtually no contact with) consistently on my list and yet some who I have a lot of interaction with don’t appear at all. I do view this persons profile, and I expect they would view mine too, but others I have viewed for testing purposes haven’t appeared at all other than on the mouseover and I know they have been online. Interestingly though the person that I think is viewing me, hardly appeared on my list at all last week (he was away) but this week he is back again consistently and I know he has been online. To be honest, don’t think it matters that much but I am intrigued by it, maybe because I want to think that they are viewing my profile and its not just me being a stalker :)

  • Mick

    Hi All,

    There is no way it is the people that you most interact with – well not in full. The people who list on my profile are generally the people who interact the most with me ON MY PAGE.

    I have one friend and we always talk on their page – we tap at each other almost daily. Never shows on my page – I show on theirs.

    I do have some people who I never type on their page, they never type on mine, but they regularly show on my profile. I too have assumed they are viewing mine.

  • Person

    I agree, there probably is no getting to the bottom of it all, but it is very interesting. I’ve gotten caught up in the puzzle maybe more than the thoughts about my stalkee/stalker? Only thing, can’t rule out these hypotheses have been biased by some measure of wishful thinking, though.

    In any case, as someone pointed out earlier, the people who show up in the searchbar, friends list and thumbnails are the people who I care most about. I have plenty of random people or friends from work who I share a bunch of mutual friends with and we’ll occasionally interact on the site. But, work friends are not people that I personally feel much closeness or interest in. The ones for whom I actually do are the ones that tend to show up. This includes people who I may may not interact with often on facebook, how often they are visibly active on facebook, and not all of them are tagged in photos of me. Even still, those are the usually people that I think about the most. It is cool, but definitely a little creepy how facebook seems to know this.

  • sweets

    I think there’s a rotation of ppl who are online looking and interacting with you mixed with random set. I always have the same guy appear on my list ever since he friend-ed me something like 6 mo ago, I’ve run into him outside of fb but rarely interact w him online. He’s permanently one of the top ten, wonder if it really who is going through your info or rather fb making you think you’re being stalked. Thou it does get annoying I see my ex pop up all the time and his albums pop up 9 out 10. Don’t know why that happens bc I have gone through all his photos and really don’t want to go through same album again and again. They should rlly rotate the right side bar.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve noticed the same thing too! I think the friends on the left who keep reappearing are the people who you keep contact with on a daily or frequent basis mixed with people who are viewing your page.

    But I have been more interested in the 5 friends that appear over your name when you hover your mouse over your name on your wall. The same people show up usually in rotation but they are the SAME people. I have noticed that there are three people who keep showing up that I KNOW uses facebook on their phone all the time verses on a computer or laptop. I think that the friends who you interact with on the left are friends who use computers or laptops that you interact with as well as friends who view your profile and the 5 friends who hover over your name are the ones who use a smartphone solely.

    I just want to know if the 5 friends hovering over your name are the ones that look at your page because some of the people that show up sometimes are people I know could be attracted to me but I have never posted on their wall or they on mine….?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve noticed the same thing too! I think the friends on the left who keep reappearing are the people who you keep contact with on a daily or frequent basis mixed with people who are viewing your page.

    But I have been more interested in the 5 friends that appear over your name when you hover your mouse over your name on your wall. The same people show up usually in rotation but they are the SAME people. I have noticed that there are three people who keep showing up that I KNOW uses facebook on their phone all the time verses on a computer or laptop. I think that the friends who you interact with on the left are friends who use computers or laptops that you interact with as well as friends who view your profile and the 5 friends who hover over your name are the ones who use a smartphone solely.

    I just want to know if the 5 friends hovering over your name are the ones that look at your page because some of the people that show up sometimes are people I know could be attracted to me but I have never posted on their wall or they on mine….?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve noticed the same thing too! I think the friends on the left who keep reappearing are the people who you keep contact with on a daily or frequent basis mixed with people who are viewing your page.

    But I have been more interested in the 5 friends that appear over your name when you hover your mouse over your name on your wall. The same people show up usually in rotation but they are the SAME people. I have noticed that there are three people who keep showing up that I KNOW uses facebook on their phone all the time verses on a computer or laptop. I think that the friends who you interact with on the left are friends who use computers or laptops that you interact with as well as friends who view your profile and the 5 friends who hover over your name are the ones who use a smartphone solely.

    I just want to know if the 5 friends hovering over your name are the ones that look at your page because some of the people that show up sometimes are people I know could be attracted to me but I have never posted on their wall or they on mine….?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve noticed the same thing too! I think the friends on the left who keep reappearing are the people who you keep contact with on a daily or frequent basis mixed with people who are viewing your page.

    But I have been more interested in the 5 friends that appear over your name when you hover your mouse over your name on your wall. The same people show up usually in rotation but they are the SAME people. I have noticed that there are three people who keep showing up that I KNOW uses facebook on their phone all the time verses on a computer or laptop. I think that the friends who you interact with on the left are friends who use computers or laptops that you interact with as well as friends who view your profile and the 5 friends who hover over your name are the ones who use a smartphone solely.

    I just want to know if the 5 friends hovering over your name are the ones that look at your page because some of the people that show up sometimes are people I know could be attracted to me but I have never posted on their wall or they on mine….?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve noticed the same thing too! I think the friends on the left who keep reappearing are the people who you keep contact with on a daily or frequent basis mixed with people who are viewing your page.

    But I have been more interested in the 5 friends that appear over your name when you hover your mouse over your name on your wall. The same people show up usually in rotation but they are the SAME people. I have noticed that there are three people who keep showing up that I KNOW uses facebook on their phone all the time verses on a computer or laptop. I think that the friends who you interact with on the left are friends who use computers or laptops that you interact with as well as friends who view your profile and the 5 friends who hover over your name are the ones who use a smartphone solely.

    I just want to know if the 5 friends hovering over your name are the ones that look at your page because some of the people that show up sometimes are people I know could be attracted to me but I have never posted on their wall or they on mine….?

  • wishful thinkers

    I would say that the people who show up from the hover are people that YOU have looked at, and it doesn’t matter what they use to connect to Facebook. For instance I have one guy who I know uses only his iPhone and checks out my profile regularly. He never shows up. Only certain attractive people I’ve been curious about and spent some time on their profile show up on the hover.

    Have you noticed how many people have made the same comment, “I’m not sure if it’s me looking at them or them looking at me.” Facebook knows who we are attracted to (who we hope is attracted to us) because of how much time we spend on their profiles. They show them back to us on the hover because they are trying to figure out what we are interested in, what better way to know than based on the amount of time you spend checking them out?

    The thing that sucks is that now I am never sure if I will show up on somebody’s wall just because I was browsing their profile; so I am avoiding certain profiles and using Facebook a whole lot less than I’d like to.

  • Billy

    I definitely can agree.. A couple of my best friends that I always interact with “publicly” are not on that friends list but other people I haven’t interacted with AT ALL both publicly or privately are on there. Kinda weird

  • Cherry

    @ wishful thinkers, u shudn’t let that deter you from using facebook as much as you’d like besides a majority of people dont even know about what we are talking about and dont even care!

    • wishful thinkers

      @Cherry Aw, thanks, Cherry!

  • DaringHart

    I’m dealing with an ex girlfriend too. Suddenly, after a month of no contact, I saw her from afar on Sunday. She saw me. Now I’m on FB and she is suddenly showing up in my left side Friends list….but I’ve looked at her page too….and I’m in her Friends list as well….

    Hmmmmmmmmm

  • Tom

    well I think you’re onto something. I only have about 300 friends and I noticed the same 15ish people showing up on my profile. About 5-8 people I regularly interact with on fb and I show up on their profile’s friend list as well. Now I really want to know about the others! Most the rest are family (cousins) that are not listed as family and that I don’t interact with much on facebook but do in real life. I know that they do stalk my profile even though I don’t theirs’. The really weird ones that I can’t explain do not have many friends (50-100). And then the rest – I believe they are visiting my profile. Those people that show up, if I wait 3 or 4 weeks will, sure enough, post on my wall for the first time, and they are people of the opposite sex that I talk with in person but not on facebook, or are people that I just met in person. I did a little experiment which was unsuccessful. I started clicking frequently on a friend’s profile that I know hasn’t logged into facebook for months. I wanted to see if I would show up on his profile’s friend list, or if he would show up on mine. Neither has happened. Facebook is just too smart I think and there are other factors. It’s scary how the friend’s list can predict the friends that will interact with me on facebook in the future even if they haven’t begun to.

    • Person

      I feel pretty confidant that your friends list does have to do in large part with who has been to your profile and spent some time there. Just not entirely; there are other factors such as public interaction, log on activity and probably putting people on there facebook hopes will generate more connections within the site, such as matching up with mutual friends or trying to drum up the friend count and time spent on fb for less active users. I think all of these things come into play. The people that show up on my profile are almost all people I’m certain visit my page often or ,at least, occasionally, along with a couple of randoms from time to time.

      I did a lot of tinkering around and I was able to land myself on the friends list of almost everyone (I chose people I interact with often and people I rarely do) whose page I pulled up and looked at a bunch of times. Sometimes it took a day or two to “kick in” and sometimes it happened more quickly. The length of time I stayed there varied from less than a day to several days.

      The ones whose page I never showed up on, and a few are people I commonly interact with on fb, all have somewhere between 700 and 1200 friends. Except for one person I didn’t show up on without a lot of friends, but it doesn’t seem they’ve logged on to facebook in a few weeks.

      Also, to note about one of those people with a ton of friends who has been on my list, but I have not shown up on theirs. That may be due to the fact that I have commented and posted on their profile, but they have never had any public interaction with mine whatsoever. The people on this person’s friends list, however, are only people I know this person has openly been interactive with on facebook. So, visiting someone’s page and commenting or whatever doesn’t seem to land you on their page unless they have also done that to you. But, it doesn’t work both ways. They might still show up as your friend given whatever other criteria facebook uses. So, facebook’s statement that it is based on public interaction seems at least partly true.

  • Person

    I spend too much time on facebook. I think that’s the moral here.

  • Sultry

    Yes, I agree its mixed…perhaps. Though put it this way, I spend most of my time on my own page cus many people comment on things, as I am quite active and my page always has a lot going on (its a party!!!) lol. Anyways, all the people in my friends list I barely intereact with and tehy seem to be the same people ALL the time and I know they creep me cus of things they say when I see them at uni or something (Oh i saw this album it was cool) etc. but we havent interacted in months…I think majority of it is who looks at ur profile THE MOST, I have about a thousand friends. All the people who are always on my list barely change at all and I know they like me in real life.

  • guy

    anyone have any clue about clicking on friends and sorting by grid?

    i see some of the same people on the top of the grid that i see in the hover over my name

  • meow

    I’m deffinitely going to experiment with this. Time to start stalking a random. (;

  • Casey

    what about the people who show up on your news feed a lot? some friends show up more than others, and some friends I never see their news feeds. Do you think that has something to do with it to?

  • Casey

    what about the people who show up on your news feed a lot? some friends show up more than others, and some friends I never see their news feeds. Do you think that has something to do with it to?

  • Boggles my mind.

    My theory. It is mostly based on either who you are visiting (most likely) or who is visiting your profile with some randomness.

    The guy I visit the most comes up nearly 100% of the time. I’ve been avoiding it often in the last week and he still comes up. i rarely comment on his page. Also, he is the first person who shows up in my friends online section and his photo albums come up almost exclusively followed by the mutual friend who introduced us and his band’s page.
    He, ahem, has a girl friend whose page I’ve checked alot. She is not a friend of mine and I noticed not only does she always show up on his page now but her profile shows up at top billing when I do searches simply with two letters typed. Also noticed that when I visited his band’s page, 6 of the 10 people who came up were involved in the band in some large way, out of more than 1,000 of the band’s friends.

    Yes, if you go to a friend’s page alot, they start to show up…usually. A friend of mine, female whom I never visit her page was the first person I noticed always comes up. Been so for 2 months. I’ve sent her 1 email I think in 5 months. I doubt she visits my page and doesn’t comment. There’s the randomness.

    • curiouser

      Commenting just once or twice on a guy’s profile in the last three months and looking at their profile is all it takes to land someone on your friends list for the next three months.

  • daringhart

    This is making my head spin. My ex girl shows up on my friends list. I do look at her page at least once a day…either online or on my iPhone. When I go to her page, there are times I’m her top friend on her list.

    Is it from me looking at her or is she looking at me? She is on my list at this very moment….did she look at my page today?

  • lawgirl

    I don’t understand the argument that there is a “privacy issue” with the people viewing your profile. You have accepted the person’s friend request and therefore allowed them access to your profile and its contents, which is publically available to those you have, in fact, “friended.” If you have an issue with the privacy aspect, unfriend them or adjust privacy settings so that they are not privy to your information.

    • daringhart13

      I don’t think its a problem that they look…for all the reasons you just stated. I think its actually a matter of knowing what the criteria is: when they show up on your list…..are they looking at you or is it due to looking at them?

  • Leif

    Or even simpler: If you want to keep something in private, don’t post it on the internet!

  • concern

    my boyfriend’s ex is on his list every time I go on his page, and it has been for a few months. i go onto his page and interact with him a lot and am on there every so often. He is not on her list….any answers? this is seriously making me paranoid and I think Facebook needs to publicly justify EXACTLY the criteria used in this list selection. As a rather insecure young girl, I feel paranoid about why shes there, and its beginning to affect me. I think we have a right to know the whole truth, its obviously a concern to lots of people.

  • anonymous

    @ Concern: firstly, get some confidence girl! If you don’t trust either of them, you’re with the wrong guy…if that alone is making you paranoid, u need to work on yourself first. He’s with you, not with her…move on.

  • Sigma

    Doing some tests with a friend who also noticed this. I looked at his profile quite a bit every day for a week, managed to land myself on his profile. He then interacted with me, then the next day, he was on my profile. However, there are people who I have not interacted with for a ridiculously long time, and they have become averages on my profile friends.

  • Adam Baily

    I have been watching this for some time and I’m sure it has an influence who looks at your profile.

    I have noticed people who I don’t really check their profile much but never the less would be interested in looking at mine, these friends seem to show up a lot.

    Its not that Im not interested in these people but I could imagine they would be more inclined to view what I’m doing.

    I think yeah its not 100 percent certain but there something there.

    I also know when certain people are likely to be online and I have even seen them appear when I have put a status or comment that may likely attract them to look in person..

  • Jimmy

    Interesting, and I agree. On a side though, if you dont want someone viewing your profile for whatever reason, just delete them. Easy.

  • Awesome-o

    ok so the same EXACT 10 people show up every time on my friends list. I hope it is true that the people on your list are the people who “STALK” you becuz this girl that I “stalk” is always on my list, but when I look at her list i’m not on it. maybe its because I use the mobile site/app to view her profile?

  • anonymous#124

    Here’s my situation, and it’s pretty interesting indeed! ):

    So, I dated this girl in highschool, I was crazy about her. We broke up, I lurked her facebook/myspace for a while and I was using my old email where I had her saved in my email list and on msn. On and off, for several years, we communicated through MSN, facebook, email, and I sometimes checked her profile and eventually blocked her because of a newer gf (now ex).

    Delete facebook.

    New email, new facebook, but same old MSN as a way to “start over” with my new current girlfriend.
    Suddenly, I see this ex on my new facebook “suggested friends” list.
    I have not let facebook use any information from any of my previous facebook or emails.
    I find out the same ex JUST RECENTLY made a new facebook after a month after deleting her previous one. So I visit her page maybe once every 2 weeks because she is always in the #1 slot in the “find friends” page.

    Why is she still in the #1 slot? The page shuffles daily but she ends up at #1 again at the end of the day even if I never click on her profile and I have only 10 mutual friends who don’t even communicate with her often?

    No contact with her, you can’t view anything on my profile except for some info, so no point in stalking my page.

    Why is this happening?

    PS. since she was my last best gf in the past years and strikingly beautiful it would only be natural to be curious about her.

    • anonymous#124

      BTW, forgot to mention. I haven’t been clicking on my ex’s profile for the past month or so to see if the #1 slot changes. To my surprise, it doesn’t. There she is, always at the #1 slot by the end of the day.

      FB has def got to be wrong about “public interactions” unless it is her looking up MY name.

  • cristina

    i’ve been researching this same thing and am also convinced that facebook must draw on more than just “public interaction”. i have one friend that i have almost no public interaction with, our friendship page is essentially blank minus one comment i left on one of his statuses, there are also no pictures of us together. however, this friend and i talk on facebook chat ALL the time (note: this is NOT a public interaction). surprise, surprise, he almost always shows up as one of the 10 friends on my profile page. to me this is essentially proof that facebook tracks chats (and i assume messages as well) and factors it into the algorithm. it would not surprise me, then, if they also included profile views, though from the people who show up in my 10 friends i can’t really tell if it’s based on them viewing my profile or me viewing theirs.

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  • Nobody

    Ok guys, i have tested the theory using my profile and a few friends’ profile that i know VERY WELL.

    In conclusion… This theory of using you friend list in you profie page seems vague at the moment

    BUT.. I found out something that has caught my intrest.
    As you view you friends (not in profile page) it just shows an endless list that shows you friends in alphabetical order (useless).
    Then there was 2 buttons beside the friend search bar:

    Boxes/Icons or List

    The default is the List button

    but when i tried the Icon/Boxes layout the first 2 layers of people shows a girl that has had a crush on me for the past year now.

    At the moment this is just a theory. I would like you guys to try this out and see if you are going in the same path as i am

  • http://Anon Anon

    “publicly interact with?” — my ex has had me blocked from his wall and photos for 2 months, and he still shows up on my top interactions every week or so. Haven’t spoken to him/exchanged comments/wall posts in all that time.

  • RandomUK

    When you view someone elses page, the 10 people on their list are they ones who are most relevant to YOU, or are the 10 people showing on their list, the ones they have the most contact with?

  • strawberryroad

    i have also noticed the section where the friends photo album comes up when you are on home page, event page etc hit the button for show more, it rotates the 7 people who could be viewing your pictures or profile .

  • Anonymous

    I barely use the site, and only cause everyone else does. I don’t know why everyone else likes it so much. The people running the site are obviously the type that would sell their mother’s soul for the right price. Facebook sucks.

  • Anonymous

    There is a small group who appear on my featured friends pretty much every time I go on my profile. Are they there because they stalk my profile a lot? Some of them I have literally never interacted with on facebook, not even by viewing their profile. So I cant think of another explanation.

    Would be nice to know. Peace

  • dude

    yeah i get the same 10 people after a lot of refreshing, only in a different order, some of them i rarely interact with or view their profiles.

    WEiRD

  • Romina

    Also, I appear on the list belonging to people I stalk the most on Facebook, even if we barely have any “public interaction” Funny, eh? :D

  • Aly

    I checked my profile and refreshed it several times. Same 10 people over and over. 2 I have only ever talked to in real life. A couple I definitely haven’t talked to in the last month and a half. My best Friend. What’s missing? The people I DO have the most public interaction with (aside from my best friend, of course).

  • Charl

    So I’ve done the refreshing profile and made a note of the people who showed up… There were the exact same people! Then I logged out and logged in again… Guess what? The exact same people in a different order! So tomorrow, I’ll look again and if it happens again, then we know for sure :/ What happened to privacy?

  • Sabrina

    Dudee . It’s DEFF not people you;ve interacted w. in the past month . You kidding me . I hate a girl and shes ALWAYS there . And a guy iLove is always there. and his sister.

  • Billy Zwayne

    Experiment Idea!

    1. Pick someone RANDOM from your friends list whose profile you never normally look at/come across in the news feed.

    2. Start looking through his/her profile a few times a day for a period of time. (a week/more?) See if your profile pops up this “elite” friends category.

  • Fed

    Three months ago I met this girl. We had a great time, and I connected her on fb, but didn´t follow up. She wrote me on fb a couple of times, I answered but we didnt´ meet or anything. good tension there but no more contacts after that. Ever since, she keeps popping up in the friends albums´ box over and over, (upper right, not the ´friends list) – but we don´t interact at all.
    I started thinking she popped up bc she checked my profile often, I just got that feeling, so I searched ´how does fb select friends showing up?´ .. and came across this great blog! – great input everybody.
    Now I´m checking the actual Friends list on the left, and notice the people who pop up there are not at all people I interact with often. but who could easily be checking my profile. I have 450 contacts. The only outlier is a guy who had a bad accident a month ago and has been in the hospital ever since, in a coma. I know no one opens his account. Maybe all this is past stored info that´s why his profile still shows in my friends list. Anyway, great blog, and I´m positive about the ´Friend´s albums´thing, because of this girl. She hasnt´even uploaded new pics since I met her, so it´s not about ´Friends who show on your box bc they paste new pics every minute´

  • Ash

    I agree, it isn’t about who’s checking out your profile either. I would scope out my crush’s page quite a bit and I would never show up on their friends list. I think clicking on each other’s pages could have some effect – say you are checking out each other’s pages a lot AND you happen to be tagged in pictures together, etc.

  • Christine

    I totally think it shows people who are looking at your profile. I have been analysing who comes up in the list and its definitly not just people I have interacted with.

  • Badrakh

    I think your all wrong, Think of it this way, Facebook is a social networking site… You all say you don’t have contact with the people on your list, It is Facebook’s way of saying “Hey, Contact these people, you haven’t spoke in ages!”

    That makes more sense then a secret stalking list…

  • Anonymous

    Well I have something to add here, a boy in my hometown died 2 months ago but he still shows up in peoples lists? So I think it must be a mix of who u vist the most and who visits u

  • annegeelaah

    OMG, this explains everything!
    there’s this dude who has a crush on me … and then his name kept on showing up on my list of friends… 0 0

  • Anilec

    If this is true, i have a reason to believe i’m being stalked XD i refreshed the page several times, and the same person appeared everytime, even though i’ve commented maybe only once on a status of his, and i deffs never look at his profile.

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  • carisaw1213

    I don’t think this is true because there is someone who I interact with publicly on facebook, pretty much everyday, and they aren’t even on that list. There is also someone who I have not talked to in well over a month in a half on there. SOMETHING IS FISHY!

  • carisaw1213

    I don’t think this is true because there is someone who I interact with publicly on facebook, pretty much everyday, and they aren’t even on that list. There is also someone who I have not talked to in well over a month in a half on there. SOMETHING IS FISHY!

  • Anonymous

    Well on my list there is someone i never talk to or interact with on facebook, but i’m pretty sure likes me and in one day no matter how many times I log out or go to other pages, when i go back to mine it’s always the same people.

  • Dj Momo

    Mannn wtf. Now all these bitches know tht im stalking them, like wallaa this is not right. nigga cant get laid now, makin me creepy n all tht. Fck your mother fb maker

  • Lieutenant Seventeen

    Wow. All this makes me wish it were still random. It would be so much easier!

  • BAHHH

    has FB changed their algo yet again??? my friends list hasn’t changed in like almost 5 days! it used to change every other day and it would show a group of people that remained constant for about 2 days…..wtf facebook????

  • gold….. all juicy info

    I have really interesting reasonable ideas about the answer to this after reading the 2% of usable comments on here over time. to those people, you rock, I wish we could email each other and not let this bunch of idiots know the answers weve come to. how can we do that? I dont even want to reference the names of those good comments because I spent so much time finding them in the dumb people comments. I dont want to give out my email on here. This looks like the only useful site for the answer we all want, yet its on a comments section on a not well publicized site. other websites reguarding this have been blocked. Thats shady.

  • UiddoKiddo

    It’s weird but my crush is one of the people who keep showing up on the list.
    I check his page a lot, haha. But I doubt he checks mine so I’m wondering why his name is showing up. However, that being said, none of my best friends (I look at their wall a lot ad interact with daily) have shown up on that list, which puzzles me.
    According to what Facebook says about interaction in the past month and a half…I don’t really believe it. Six of the people on that list I have never spoken to in more than three months, if not, ever. Which is scary.
    But I can’t deny it; it’s nice to see my crush show up on that list. XD

  • LaLaLand.

    It’s weird but my crush is one of the people who keep showing up on the list.
    I check his page a lot and interact with him every once and a while, but I don’t show up in HIS main list. I doubt my crush checks my profile so I’m wondering why his name is showing up. (But I think he knows I like him).
    HOWEVER, that being said, none of my best friends (I look at their wall a lot and interact with them daily) have EVER shown up on my list, which puzzles me. I also don’t show up on their list either.
    I don’t believe what Facebook says about interaction in the past month and a half… I mean, six of the ten people on my list have never spoken to in more than three months, if not, ever. Which is scary.
    But I can’t deny it; it’s nice to see my crush show up on my list. XD

  • hm

    would you say you check his profile more than your best friends? maybe they dont go online as much as him? I notice ppl that arent really in our modern technology world that are on facebook. they dont show up on anyones lists. 1 bad part about our situation, what if he sees that hes on your list when he goes to your profile that 1 time, during which you looked at his 100 times over 3 months. some people may come to the wrong conclusions. say teh answer someone!

  • Carolyn

    My ex is on my list, and I don’t make ANY contact with him on facebook.

  • (;

    theres a girl who keeps appearing in my list and she complaety hates me (or so she says…) we havent spoken in about 5 months and her name would deff not appear if it waz in alphabetical order and i cant think of any other reason shed be there so im guessing ur right!

  • (;

    theres a girl who keeps appearing in my list and she complaety hates me (or so she says…) we havent spoken in about 5 months and her name would deff not appear if it waz in alphabetical order and i cant think of any other reason shed be there so im guessing ur right!

  • Foxy

    What I’d like to find out has to do with the five friends that show up when you hover over your own name (mouseover) on FB.

    1) Are these five the people who visit your profile, click on your newsfeed posts, view your pictures, PM you, interact with on chat, etc?

    2) Or are these five the people YOU check out most often?

    In other words, are these five the people who ‘stalk’ you? Or are they the people you ‘stalk?’

  • Anonymous

    Been doing a little experiment on this. My colleague at work and I became Facebook friends about a month ago so I’ve asked her never to check my profile, and we’ve never ‘publicly interacted’, although we have commented on the same third party post. Meanwhile, I’ve looked at her profile on a pretty much daily basis, and spent time looking through her photos (I’ve told her about this experiment by the way!). Now she sometimes coming up in the list of five friends when I hover above my name on my own profile, though not in the list of ten friends on the left. So it seems like the main list is not who you look at, tho the hover list might be…

    Also, I used to look at this guy’s profile regularly and he appeared on the list of ten friends on my profile ALL the time, often at the top, which freaked me out a bit! I stopped looking at his profile page about a month ago, and now he’s in my friends list less often, but when he is, its always at the same time of day, which I’m pretty sure is when he’s online. I basically know when he’s on his lunch break – bit creepy! We’re in a lot of the same photos etc. and have sent private messages recently and contributed to the same event, which could explain why he’s still coming up on my wall, but the time of day thing is interesting.

    It seems likely the friends that come up are determined by commenting on the same posts or appearing in the same photos etc, but part of me still thinks page views/mutual page views have something to do with it.

    All very mysterious!

  • Tom

    I have wondered about this since those who pop up on my profile are always the same people. I think there might be several factors which decide who is on the list.

    Many of the people on my list are understandable since I do interact with them more than others.

    One of them is my ex-girlfriend from long ago whose profile I never visit, I also never interact with her on facebook, I even hid her from my news feed. I can imagine her viewing my profile though since I dumped her and she admitted to still liking me.

    Another one is someone who I have interacted with, but not often, and not recently.

    The last is my Sister-in-law’s sister, whom I have never interacted with on facebook. I just accepted a friend request from her after our siblings go married.

    I do not think that the list of people is decided by who views your profile only, but also the other way around. I tested my theory by repeatedly viewing the profile of a person whom I seldom interact with on facebook. I would go to their profile and refresh the page over and over again. They showed up on my profile list for a short while, but I was never on theirs. I imagine I have viewed their profile more than any stalker would view a person’s profile so it is odd that I haven’t showed up on it.

  • Ava_x

    Well i’ve just read every single post on here how sad!

    I noticed some people say they have 15 friends on their profile list but i only have 10 and 9/10 of those people are exactly the same people just in a different order no matter how many times i refresh, log out, clear cache, restart router etc. It’s just so weird. The people who ALWAYS appear on my list are:
    1.) my best friend (not much interaction, occasional ‘likes’ & photo comments),
    2.) my EX! (he has recently posted on my wall & i’ve spoken to him on chat but that was over a month ago, positive he views my page),
    3) my EX’s flatmate! (he commented on my EX’s recent comment on my wall and i have a private msg from him of over a month ago),
    4.) my best friends flatmate (she liked my status over a month ago and we were tagged in photos over 2 months ago),
    5.) a random guy friend who tagged me in photos over a month ago
    6.) my CRUSH (who i have only a private msg from & tagged in a photo with but that was all over a month ago, highly unlikely that he views my page :( lol)
    7.) another random guy friend (he commented on my status over a month ago)
    8.) a random female friend (she commented on one of my photos in the past week)
    9.) an old friend (haven’t spoken to him in over 3 years! have had no interaction whatsoever – he probably holds a grudge against me for this and very likely creeps)
    10.) The random friend who always changes is a mixture between 7 different friends i have no contact with whatsoever)

    It would be nice to think these were people that viewed my page (especially my crush lol) but i think from what i’ve mentioned about them its quite obvious that its because of ‘recent interaction’ even though it was a while ago, i don’t talk to people on there much, i have however commented many people with happy birthday, liked a few statuses so its weird that they don’t ever appear, I also have a fake friend i made myself and have had for a long time, got it to comment on my status a while ago, ‘liked’ quite a few things i post up, private messages yet this fake friend never shows up in the list. ODD i say.

  • Ava_x

    Well i’ve just read every single post on here how sad!

    I noticed some people say they have 15 friends on their profile list but i only have 10 and 9/10 of those people are exactly the same people just in a different order no matter how many times i refresh, log out, clear cache, restart router etc. It’s just so weird. The people who ALWAYS appear on my list are:
    1.) my best friend (not much interaction, occasional ‘likes’ & photo comments),
    2.) my EX! (he has recently posted on my wall & i’ve spoken to him on chat but that was over a month ago, positive he views my page),
    3) my EX’s flatmate! (he commented on my EX’s recent comment on my wall and i have a private msg from him of over a month ago),
    4.) my best friends flatmate (she liked my status over a month ago and we were tagged in photos over 2 months ago),
    5.) a random guy friend who tagged me in photos over a month ago
    6.) my CRUSH (who i have only a private msg from & tagged in a photo with but that was all over a month ago, highly unlikely that he views my page :( lol)
    7.) another random guy friend (he commented on my status over a month ago)
    8.) a random female friend (she commented on one of my photos in the past week)
    9.) an old friend (haven’t spoken to him in over 3 years! have had no interaction whatsoever – he probably holds a grudge against me for this and very likely creeps)
    10.) The random friend who always changes is a mixture between 7 different friends i have no contact with whatsoever)

    It would be nice to think these were people that viewed my page (especially my crush lol) but i think from what i’ve mentioned about them its quite obvious that its because of ‘recent interaction’ even though it was a while ago, i don’t talk to people on there much, i have however commented many people with happy birthday, liked a few statuses so its weird that they don’t ever appear, I also have a fake friend i made myself and have had for a long time, got it to comment on my status a while ago, ‘liked’ quite a few things i post up, private messages yet this fake friend never shows up in the list. ODD i say.

  • Lioor

    Ava_x i’m pretty much in the EXACT same situation as you with only a few minor difference. I too have 10 Friends who are always the same and with the occasional random friend popping in (this rotate around 6-7 or so people. Som ppl never appear). Most of those ppl are either close to me or have a reason to look/or me looking) at my/their profile. I too am interacting with various peoples but yet they never show.

    The thing is that it used to change very often with many different people appearing. Now it’s been stuck at the “same 10 ppl + occasional random” for about a month. No idea what caused this. It is indeed odd

  • :)

    OK guys, I think I’ve got it.

    Have you noticed this: people who appear in your friends list on the left do not appear in any other ‘badges’ in your profile? (Eg: family, relationship tab)
    This may explain why some of the people you interact most with do not appear in your ‘Top 10′, especially if you are one of those people who adds all your friends as family members. These people may appear occasionally, but I have definitely noticed a trend here, it is a lot less likely.
    That explains why some of the people in your ‘Top 10′ seem somewhat random. These are probably the people who have most viewed your profile or interacted with you that you don’t have anywhere else on your page.
    I’m guessing Facebook does this to promote you clicking on more people etc.

    Also, for the mouseover (hovering over your name) it is the friends who’s pages you view the most. This alternates for me between about 3 combinations.
    But don’t worry, no-one else can see this, because when they hover over your name it comes up with the mutual friends who they stalk the most.

    Hope that helped :)

  • imanonymous

    I have read almost this entire thread, and come up with a list of all the suggestions people have for the top friends.
    1. You view their profile the most
    2. They view your profile the most
    3. You have interacted with them before
    4. You have recently interacted with them
    5. They are online or have recently been online
    6. You have a lot of mutual friends with them
    7. You have never/hardly ever interacted with them, Facebook most likely wants you to talk to them more
    8. It is completely random
    9. They use PC/laptop while mouseovers use phones

    I personally think ’2. They view your profile the most’ is the most plausible option. Although Facebook denies it. Let’s go over my list as an example (referring only to the past public interaction in the past 1&1/2 months, as this is what Facebook has claimed).

    1.(girl from my school) 1 status like an comment within the past 6 weeks
    I don’t visit her profile often
    2. (old friend) I have tagged her in 1 status (she liked it), she has posted on my wall once(we both commented on it) in the past 6 weeks.
    I don’t visit her profile often
    3. (Classmate, friend) No public interaction in the last 1 month and a half
    I visit her profile occasionally
    4.(Stepfather) No public interaction in the last 1 month and a half
    I hardly ever visit his profile
    5. (Girl from school) She posted on my wall once ( I commented)
    I occasionally visit her profile
    6. (Friend of friend) Posted on my wall once (I commented), I commented on a status once
    I occasionally visit her profile
    7. (Acquaintance) Posted on my wall once (I commented), I commented on one status
    I don’t visit her profile often
    8. (Friend) i commented on one status
    I don’t visit her profile often
    9. (Mutual friend) No interaction and i never visit her profile
    10. (my crush :P) posted on my wall once, I commented
    I visit his profile a lot

    So I guess you might think it’s real abstract random people but if you break it down you’ll probably see you have interacted with them in the past six weeks. and as above poster said, none of them are family or anything. It’s only some that kind of don’t make sense, so perhaps those are the ones that stalk me?? I don’t know, that’s my guess

  • Anonymous

    What about Photo Albums? I always seem to see the same peoples same with the liked pages.

  • Ava_x

    Me again!
    I’ve noticed something weird about the photo albums thing too, it’s always either my crushes albums that come up, two of my best friend or girls that i’ve been tagged in photos with…

    Today weirdly enough my list of 10 friends on the left changed! Maybe facebook knows i was on here haha. one of them is ticketsoup, obviously i’ve never interacted with them but facebook obviously thinks we’re great friends!! 3 of the people from the list yesterday stayed the same and that was my ex who recently commented me, and two friends who had liked or commented on my status even though that was over a month ago. The others i don’t even know why they are appearing. It’ll probably go back to yesterdays 10 friends tomorrow lol.

    And i’ve noticed when i hover over my name it shows the exact same 21 friends every time just in different orders and obviously only 5 at a time. so that is probably people you’ve interacted with most even in a private way although 4 of them i haven’t spoken to in a very long time so maybe they are my stalkers! and i wouldn’t be surprised by that.

    Ahhh i wish we knew for sure ;) someone should do a proper experiment on all this!

  • ticker

    hey guys,

    scanned through yer comment, some interesting viewpoints indeed..
    here’s something i came across when i was delving through my privacy settings today..

    so, i clicked on ‘account, privacy settings, customize settings’ then scrolled down to ‘things others share’ on the third line it says ‘suggest photos of me to friends..
    when photos look like me, suggest my name’ with ‘edit settings’ beside it.
    Hope yiz are with me so far!

    So when you click ‘edit settings’ it’s interesting the 10 names that come up, dont you think…similar to the names when you hover over your own profile pic/name but they never seem to change!

    let me know your thoughts please..i’m totally intrigued by all this!!

    for the record i think the friend’s list on the left on our profiles are a mixture of everyone (people you look at, people who look at you & randomers!), i only think this because this is something that everyone can see, it’s not as private and i reckon the facebook gods do realise that we’d have questions and pick up on it too easily!
    thanks for your time in reading peeps!!! x

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to sound thick but I’m not getting the hovering over your name thing. can anyone explain it to me? when i mouse over my name on my profile nothing comes up, am I doing something wrong?

  • ticker

    hey, no worries i didnt get it at first either!
    go to your wall and see your profile pic that is to the left of anything you’ve posted..just hover over that..and hover over your name beside that too!
    does that make sense…?? let me know if it works!

  • Ava_x

    If you go onto your own page and where you have posted something it should have your name, hover over that link and a box should come up :)

    I checked out that ‘suggest photos to friends of me’ thing in my privacy settings and it says its not available to me! very annoying, i’m in the UK so maybe its only available to those in the U.S??

  • ticker

    weird ava, i’m in the uk too…not sure what that’s about, sorry! i wonder if it has anything to do with any of your other settings..maybe we’l find out more from other people..

  • Anonymous

    weird ava, i’m in the uk too…not sure what that’s about, sorry!
    could it have anything to do with any of your other settings possibly..
    maybe we’l find out more from other people..
    ps glad you could understand my post anyway, it seemed a little confusing!!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the help Ticket, I can see the 5 people now :)

    I’m in the U.K and the suggests Photo’s to friends feature isn’t available to me yet either.

  • Jamie

    I’ve been checking this thread daily for about a week and agree with what a lot of you have said.

    The one thing I’ve noticed is that Facebook seems to be able to know who means the most to you.

    Isn’t it funny that pretty much everyone’s crush is on that list? Mine is, but the only interaction that we’ve had in the past 6 weeks is two PMs. I also attended the same FB event as him so I think those two factors weigh heavily on who FB chooses to throw in your face! I rarely check his profile (once in the past 6 weeks) and have him blocked from my news-feed, yet he shows up everywhere else! It’s quite annoying.

    I seem to have two groups of people who show up on the left of my profile: One that makes sense because we interact or they’d have a reason to check my profile; and one where they seem completely random- people I once knew.

    Anyways, I think PMs aren’t so private and have something to do with this list.. I just wish it was your stalkers. ;)

  • Eeee

    EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!

    I found the same thing in the Privacy Settings of “Suggest photos of me to friends”! But check this out: When you want to hide a status update from certain people you push the little lock icon next to the “share” button you push to share your status (you edit on this lock button before you publish your status obviously.)

    Click the icon and scroll down to “Customize” and a FASCINATING THING HAPPENS. Make sure it’s set to be visible to “Friends Only” then start typing in any letter of the alphabet into “Hide from These People”

    Every list will be of people who follow you/ visit your profile the most!!!!!

    • daringhart13

      eeeee,

      I’m not following you…..can you explain that again…???

  • Lord Occasionally

    Eeee, I definately think you’re on to something. That is interesting. The ones that I just visited myself seem gone from the list that drops down in “hide from these people”. And that makes it different from the list in the search window.

  • omg

    Oh my goodness! This thing is driving me crazy!!
    My crush keeps on appearing on my mouseover list and I know he only uses the iphone to check his fb.
    I try to avoid checking on his profile much since I fear my name appearing on his list….(haha) The last time i checked his profile was like 3 months ago and he KEEPS on appearing on my mouseover list. No matter how many times I refresh!!!

    Also, He is the very first one appearing on my freind research bar when I type in a letter. Also, I tried what Eeee has suggested and he is the first one to appear!!(for first letter of his last name and his first name) o_O

    I truly am curious if he’s “STALKING” me or fb remembers that I “STALKED” him about 6 months ago?

    someone help me!

    • Foxy

      We have the exact same scenario. Which is why I wanted to find out if the 5 people that show up, when doing the mouseover, were the people who we stalk or the people who stalk us. If only FB would let the cat out of the bag! I would be thrilled if those 5 mouseover friends are the people who view my profile the most. My crush keeps showing up there when I hover over my own name. I did the “Hide from these people” as Eeee suggested he he’s the first one to appear. FB should let us know who views our profile. This would make life so much simpler! Sigh!

  • SuperDoova

    Very very interesting. We can’t ALL be wrong, right? I found this article googling to try and work out what was happening too :) Noticed myself in those ten pics on the profile of someone I check out regularly but don’t often communicate with. That person has over 1000 friends, and it’s me and the same other few people that are regularly on that top ten, so I figured it can’t be a random draw. FB says we interract with them? I don’t think that can be true either. I have friends I chat/comment/wall post to regularly and they are not on my top ten. I do agree it’s some combination of things. I’d really like to know if someone is on my list because they’re checking me out too though!! I’m not worried it’s a privacy breach, I don’t think it’s creepy, if I don’t want someone checking out what I’m up to then I don’t have them on my friends list!

  • Young

    I feel that people who pop up on my friend list are quite coincidental while many are random.

    Ive had instances where Ive been in a certain situation and I know that certain friends of mine would be checking on my profile. And when I check my profile, they are there. I have this friend who I use to check his profile but not anymore. Ive noticed that when I posta video i know hes interestedin, he pops up on the list.

    Even friends that I talk over the phone, ive noticed their face pops up on the list.

    While I think some people pop up randomly i know there are people who check my profile at certain times and it seems more than coincidental to see them. Again its hard to say when theres many on the list instead of 2 or three.

  • daringhart13

    eeeee…..

    I tried that….it just shows people in alphabetical order, no matter what I type in “hide from these people”

  • FAILotron

    I did the same test as Eeee and…to me the list doesn`t appear in Alphabetical order and the people appearing there when i type any letter are indeed people who could follow my profile. Some i had no intereaction with and a couple of girls i do know have a crush on me.

    I’m not going to jump to any conclusions and say that those are in fact looking at my profile on a regular basis but i does make sense. Certainly more than the logic behind the TOP 10 friend list anyway.

    • daringhart13

      FAILtron….really??

      I wonder if I need to try it again? It didn’t matter what letter I put in, an alphabetical list by first or last name appeared…. you got random people??? people that might stalk your page?

  • 1eleven

    i believe it is true

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t know.

    A few of the people who show up when I mouse over my name are people I have a crush on lol but I don’t go on there pages really. There are people I interact with a 100 times more, and I visit their page,comment on their status etc and they never show up. I just think it’s odd, I have 100′s of people on my facebook and they choose those people to show?
    I’ve also tried to do a test, the last few days I’ve looked at the same persons page and photo’s everyday, they haven’t shown up when I mouse over my name yet so far.

  • E-LI

    Thanks for your post.

    I have the same 10 people showing up in my friends list, thats why im her, after 2 days of research, this is my final theory:

    5 out of the 10 are people which are almost the only ones that i interact with…so it’s can’t be a coincidence.

    The last 5…
    (2) of them are girls that, if you asked me: which of your 400 friends do you think likes you the most, i would point them.
    (1) of them is my sisters X…
    (1) is my little niece, and almost all of my familymebers from that side of the family connect to me through her account (because she is playing farmville 24/7) I never visit her profile.
    (1) is my former best friend, whoms profile i havnt visited for 2 years at least , beacuse im mad at him.

    I can see the same picture in some of my best friends “10 friends list”. X’s, their most connected friends etc.

    so its obvious that its a mix of who you interact with the most and people that click alot on your profile. I dont find this as a problem, its actually quite ok to have a little feeling with that.

    I also tested another thing, with another feature:
    Why is it always close realted peoples album pictures that shows up in the right corner?

    I tried to click on one of my old friends who i know never clicks on my profile…and after 1 day, he also began to show up as “friends albums” In this case, its who YOU are following, but its also only yourself that can see it.

    thx

  • Person

    So, it’s been a while since I first took an interest in this and wrote on this website what I found. I’m not sure how all this works, but I will say that the order doesn’t seem very timely. It doesn’t really change up much, I guess is what I’m saying. The people on my list for the most part have stayed the same for over a month, but has recycled itself pretty consistently over that month, if that makes any sense.

    The list will stay about the same for a week or so with generally one person at a time dropping off and being replaced with someone else, then after around a month the same people will start moving back into rotation. Before it even happened I knew that the one person I was keeping an eye out for would be back on there soon based on the other people who had moved back onto the list. And they were, right on schedule.

    I friended this person around two months ago, it took close to a month for them to appear on my top friends list and this is now their second pass through it. So, I can’t say what will initially land anyone on your list, but it does seem like once they are in the rotation, they will stay in it for some time and that may not necessarily have much to do with activity that has happened recently. (Like say, since they first started showing up.) This has been my experience anyway. Keep your eyes on people for how long they stay on your list, who they tend to show up with, and how long it takes for pretty much that same set of people to cycle back in.

  • Person

    That being said, I’m sure that after some time, people will go off the list and not reappear if the reasons they ended up in your list in the first place cease to be. I have a friend that passed away back in December and they would still come up on my list with decreasing regularity since that time. (Side note: Yes, it is very likely this person checked my profile regularly.) The last time I saw them appear was right around or just before the time I first started keeping a close eye and experimenting. So, about six weeks ago. Not sure if or when they might return.

  • Jen

    I also noticed that if you tend to exchange private messages a lot with a certain person they will show up in your side bar. Like my mom and I never interact publicly on facebook but when I was away we would send each other private messages and her name would always appear on the side bar then when we stopped i never saw her on the side bar again…just a theory.

  • Jen

    I also noticed that if you tend to exchange private messages a lot with a certain person they will show up in your side bar. Like my mom and I never interact publicly on facebook but when I was away we would send each other private messages and her name would always appear on the side bar then when we stopped i never saw her on the side bar again…just a theory.

  • Ava_x

    HEY!
    I have been doing a few experiments with the search bar thing. I noticed that when i type in the first letter of someones name (surname or firstname) into the search for people part that it comes up with about 5 people and these 5 people (for me anyway) seem to be people’s profiles i have been on! it’s really scary cause 2 girls that i’m not even friends with appear second in the list when i type in a certain letter and it’s because i went on their profiles as they are friends with my crush! haha i’m such a stalker. So it seems to be a mixture of people who’s profile you have last been on and if there aren’t 5 people that you’ve viewed with that letter then facebook throws in a random friend with that letter. but what i’ve noticed is, when i type the same letter into my friends list search bar a whole bunch of people come up that would come first in alphabetical order or that i’ve even interacted with so i don’t really understand why the person facebook chooses comes up! Usually it’s NOT someone I have viewed or interacted with, for example some guy i have never interacted with came up when i typed in ‘K’ but there were people that should have come up before him alphabetically or in terms of interaction so MAYBE it IS people who have viewed your profile!

    I think people should seriously have a think about everyone who shows up, maybe you visited their profile a while ago or have interacted with them even if it wasn’t that recent, but if it’s someone who you have had no contact with EVER (not even mutual events) then it’s possible they have viewed your page (as long as there are other people with the same letter to start in either their surname or firstname).

    I hope this isn’t too confusing for people!

    Also thought i’d add that when i type in B my crush still comes up first even though B isn’t one of the first letters in his name! It’s a bit weird cause usually people only appear when the letter is the first letter or their surname or first name. I have however shared a couple of private messages with him, in a photo together and attended the same event but it’s still doesn’t happen with anyone else even if i have the same events, photo or messages with them so i don’t know whats going on there. I don’t even go on his profile that much maybe once a week.

    this is so long haha!

  • Frank McLintock

    Very strange! I get the exact same 10 every time! On mine I get my ex, a couple of girls from work and one of my best friends girlfriends as well as a couple of people I hardly ever speak to! :S

  • Frank McLintock

    Very strange! I get the exact same 10 every time! On mine I get my ex, a couple of girls from work and one of my best friends girlfriends as well as a couple of people I hardly ever speak to! :S

  • Anon

    Noticed that people listed as family members/partners don’t appear on the list of 10 friends.

  • James

    What the hell i put the letter a in the search box and my best friends name comes up even though it doesnt have an a in it? :/

  • James

    also on the suggested pages box on the homepage it’s always ‘(freind who i talk to a lot)’ and 41 others like this. ITS A CONSPIRACY.

  • Foxy

    @OMG: We have the exact same scenario. Which is why I wanted to find out if the 5 people that show up, when doing the mouseover, were the people who we stalk or the people who stalk us. If only FB would let the cat out of the bag! I would be thrilled if those 5 mouseover friends are the people who view my profile the most. My crush keeps showing up there when I hover over my own name. I did the “Hide from these people” as Eeee suggested he he’s the first one to appear. FB should let us know who views our profile. This would make life so much simpler! Sigh!

  • OMG

    @Foxy : I am so glad to find someone in my situation! Checking my mouseover list as soon as I log in to fb has become habitual. This mouseoverlist never seems to change! I really would like to know if it’s the list of people I “Stalk” or the people who stalk ME. Few of them are good freinds of mine that I check regularly. But, Few of them seems to be very random. I also have a girl who keeps showing up, who claims to hate me. We used to interact frequently over fb about a year ago, but it stopped last year. I consider as a possible stalker of mine since I think she has good reasons to check on me. And there is my crush, who i know for sure uses smartphone to check facebook. I barely check this person’s facebook page but I used to when we became friends about 6 months ago. Foxy.. As you mentioned, I would be thrilled to find out if these are the people who checks my fb page the most or the people I have stalked the most. What about you? do you check your crush’s page often? Since when did it start appearing? Is your mouseover list changing at all? I am very confused! and it’s driving me NUTS!! haha

    • Anonymous

      @OMG, The Mouseover Five, as I like to call them, seem to cycle a bit for me. However, I have over 1100 FB friends. Overall it tends to be the exact same group of people. It is rather consistent. Who shows up: my sister, my niece, my best friends, the people I interact with the most, a couple of random people that I never interact with, then there is my crush. I used to visit his wall on a regular basis, but then I got paranoid after reading that I would be showing up on his Top Ten Friends List (left side bar). So I stopped checking his page since I don’t want him to think I’m a creepy stalker. Btw, he used to appear on my Top Ten Friends List regularly too. Now I only see what he posts on the Newsfeed. I know he uses his blackberry to check FB on a regular basis. If I refresh my page, 9 out of 10 times, he shows up on the list of my Mouseover Five. These days doing the Mouseover check is on my top FB ritual. We are in the exact same boat sister! Will the FB ‘gods’ bless us with some secret knowledge soon? I certainly hope so!

    • Foxy

      @Foxy, that last “Anonymous” comment was from me. I forgot to enter my Username.

  • David

    It’s definitely not people you’ve recently interacted with because i haven’t talked to my ex in over a year and she’s been appearing on that list and i’ve been hearing that she’s been creeping on me recently

  • Foxy

    @OMG, Oops!!! You can tell it’s way to early for me! The last two comments are from me. Definitely hoping the Mouseover Five are people who visit your FB page and not the other way around. Keeping fingers crossed for both of us! ;)

  • Ava_x

    I’ve found that the mouseover friends are a mix between people who have attended the same events, who have me in their photo album, who i’m tagged in the same pictures as and who have done the most interacting with me. It’s always the same 20 people who show up but only showing 5 at a time, different ones from the list of 20 same people when i refresh if you get what i mean but there are definitely a few on there that i have had no interaction with whatsoever and it’s likely that they are a little obsessed with me ;) sadly i think my crush only appears because we have attended the same event, are in a photo together and have shared private messages!

  • Foxy

    @Ava_x, I hope your crush is there because he stalks your FB page! ;)

  • Sigma

    I noticed a correlation:
    A friend of mine didn’t come on for a while, and they were regulars on my profile, except for when they weren’t online for that week or so, when they came back online, they were back on the profile friends.

  • OMG

    @Foxy: your comment made me laugh! haha ;) I just checked my mouseover five right now and my crush is coming up as always… sigh… I don’t know whether to be excited or not. you know what i mean, right?

    Only difference between us is that my crush never appears on the left side list. This is why I would like to know if the iphone users only appear on the mouseover! I was convinced that iphone stalkers only appear on the mouseover since most of them appearing in my mouseover, in fact, uses iphone or smartphone to check their fb! But, after I read the article and the comments posted here, I was discouraged with my theory..:(… I just don’t know anymore.

    Foxy, As you said, I think we just have to wait for that “facebook god” to reveal the secret.. Fingers crossed!!!

  • Ava_x

    @Foxy: I so wish that was the case ;)

    @OMG it’s definitely not just people who use smartphones or iphones to check their facebook, my brother appears on my mouseover and he NEVER comes online and even if he did he doesn’t have a smart phone lol. Meant to say, my crush also appears in my side bar and a couple of the potential stalkers in the mouseover appear from time to time and stay there unlike the 1 or 2 who change when i refresh the page. My friends down the side now seem to change everyday but it’s always the same ones for a whole day apart from the 2 randoms that change.

    Ahh this is driving me nuts x)

  • LynnDark

    OK, what Eeee said definitely makes sense… I tried it, and the people who were at the bottom of my list were really those who pretty surely won’t ever check out my profile, cause either they almost never use FB, or we never really liked each other (sum ppl from high school). But I’m going to test this thing with my other profile and tell you guys if I find out sg.
    As for the friends list, I’m sure the people there are neither the ppl you check out, nor those who check you out. Eg. there is this acquaintance of mine who’s 100% sure gay, has more than 700 friends and rarely comes to FB, so it is much more than unlikely that he checks out my profile – yet he *always* shows up on my list.
    Also, there is this boy (well.. my crush :$) whose profile I check out every day, and yet he’s never on my list, and I’m never on his either.
    But I really hope that mouseover thing is true and it really shows the people who check you out, cause my crush also keeps showing up there :$$$$ (Fingers crossed for everyone who’s in the same shoes! :)) Tho for me it keeps showing some people who I don’t think are checking me out, but who knows..? Sometimes I also click on people I otherwise don’t talk to, so it may be.

  • http://:P Random Person Looking to Confirm a Rumor

    9 of the 10 people on my page I never have public interactions with….Ever. What do we think? o_O

  • Ava_x

    @Random Person Looking to Confirm a Rumour: nice long name ;) I am pretty sure that the ten friends include people we interact with privately because most of the ones on mine i’ve never had public interaction with but have shared private messages with them…. it may also take into account any mutual events attended and photos that your tagged in with that person. That’s what i’ve found anyway. There are a few that appear and i’ve not spoken to in years so i think they are the potential stalkers.

  • Foxy

    @OMG, my crush used to appear on my left side bar, but doesn’t anymore, but I also stopped visiting his page. He hid his friends on FB (I know why), so when I used to visit his page I could only see his brother (our mutual friend) and parents listed on his left side bar. As I said, I stopped visiting his page for fear he could see me on the top of the left side bar list! LOL! Here’s my theory about the left side bar: it’s the people YOU visit/PM/chat/tag/”like” comments/pics/interact with the most.

    My other niece deactivated her account for about a month and she stopped appearing on my left side bar altogether. Yesterday I noticed she was back on my left side bar. I also know she visited my page yesterday as she posted something on my wall and made a comment in one of my pics. She now appears on my Mouseover Five too! This is what gives me hope because she hadn’t been there while she was on hiatus from FB. Btw, she is a Smartphone user and checks her FB with it on a regular basis. I don’t know if this means anything about the Mouseover Five or not, but it’s a factor at least in her case.

  • Foxy

    @Ava_x, I think your theory about the Left-Side-Bar-Ten is correct. Most of the people that appear there for me are those who I have been exchanging PMs with. But they also include people I chat with, leave comments for, tag in pics/comments, visit their walls on a regular basic, etc, etc, etc.

    I did an experiment recently. I started visiting a random person’s page (she’s an older friend who hardly ever goes on FB). I’ve been visiting her page every day for about two weeks now. I’ve posted on her wall and commented on her pics. She now appears on my Left-Side-Bar-Ten. However, she doesn’t show up on my Mouseover Five at all! As I said, I KNOW she doesn’t go to FB very often and when she does, it’s basically to check in on her adult children. This is what gives me hope about the theory that the Mouseover Five are in fact the people who stalk your wall. ;)

  • Sigma

    Well it’s good to know my information is going to good use and being ignored

  • fb tester

    test

  • Foxy

    @Sigma, your information hasn’t been ignored. We know the Left-Side-Bar-Ten will always fit what you described in your post. However, Ava_x, OMG, and I are more interested in the Mouseover-Five. Our theory/hope/wish/desire above all else is that those five friends are people who stalk us on a regular basis. ;)

  • Johnson

    @Foxy
    Well personally I haven’t seen anything on here about what Sigma noticed. From what I just read, it looks like you only care about one thing, and that’s: yourself.

  • Him

    @Ava_x: I’m not sure about the friends on the profile on mine I only ever privately interact with one of them, and I am not tagged in any photos with the friends or events, yet there are a lot of regular friends.

  • Foxy

    @Johnson, there is no need to become confrontational. I was merely replying to the people who are more interested in the Mouseover-Five, which is why I originally didn’t respond to Sigma’s post. There are three of us who want to know more about the Mouseover-Five (OMG, Ava_x, and I). As I explained to Sigma, we are more curious about the significance and correlation of those who appear on the Mouseover-Five, than those who appear on the Left-Side-Ten-Bar. Does that make me selfish? You may think so, and you are certainly entitled to your own opinion. But remember that this is a forum to ask questions and make observations about FB workings, not to jump on each other’s throats when someone isn’t addressing a particular post. Personally I’ve read every post here and I can tell you there is a LOT of info. on the ten people who appear on the left side bar of any FB profile. The mystery remains with the five who appear when you Mouseover your profile name. Hope you can understand why I originally responded only to Ava_x and OMG. If not, not harm done. No hard feelings either. At least not on my part. :)

  • Johnson

    @Foxy
    To contribute to you, I don’t believe the mouse-overs are stalkers. I checked mine and there was people who could not possibly stalk me.

  • Foxy

    @Johnson, thanks for your contribution to our topic of interest. :)

  • Milli

    I’ve been checking this for a while and this is what I believe:

    The people on the mouseover is a group of 20 persons (if you refresh enough) not only 5. This list of 20 can change over time but not very much and is connect to the 10 friends albums you see sometimes on the right. I believe they are the 20 people checking my profile the most(ex’s, guys I know likes me + my mother and my sister checking on me, some good friends) BUT… some of them are also people I go see there profil sometimes or comments, so… it’s hard to say it’s a oneway thing, I think it’s a mix.

    The main reason why I believe a person MUST VISIT your profil to be on the mouseover list is this guy I dated 8 years ago.. you know this kind of love that ends because your leaving the city.. not leaving the guy..? and then life just goes on…Weird that he’s always there even if we NEVER EVER talked, not even once,(private..public…no pictures in common or whatever NOTHING). I went on is profile 2 times in the last 3 years to check is pictures and that all. No reason for him to be there (and he’s ALWAYS there since I started looking at the mouseover thing, he’s one of the people that never left my list). He also comes firt in all my list when I put the fist letter of is name… Weird also that my mother was off my mouseover list during a part of her vacation, I know she had no internet acces during her trip…

    I really believe the mouseover is where fb reveals IN PART who visit your profile the most..combine with the top visit/comments profil you do yourself. Why? Because FIRST: it’s private – only you can see the mouseover on your profil and SECOND – by mixing the people who visit you with some of the people you visit yourself, it’s impossible for you to be sure and THAT’S ALL THE POINT OF IT!!! Just like love in real life, the coolest part (and the worst at the same time I know) is all those questions driving us nuts.. not being sure. I guess facebook is just trying to help connecting people going nuts for each others. Good job on this one fb!!! I also believe the facebook algo must change once in a while for us to never figure out the paterns! Go job on this one to fb!.. the more I try to understand the more I don’t!

    If you are strong enough to stop visiting your crush profile for A WHILE (not even clic on is comments on the wall..Nothing at all).. I guess the mouseover can tell you if this person visit your profile after a while but fb look like he’s having a long memory of who YOU like, and so, you’ll always keep asking yourself… is he there because he visit me or because I SO visited is profile back then… So the more you keep asking yourself, the more you go on fb trying to understand and the more time you spend on fb…and of course, the more fb loves you $$$$$ Facebook-1 Me-0

    One thing is clear for me, visiting profil is a part of the facebook algo and is a form of “interaction”. Sure of this one.

  • omg

    @Foxy: I didn’t even understand why that person was being so rude on here…:( just ignore it.

    @Milli: Wow! you have a great point! I couldn’t agree more with you… I ended up spending MORE time on fb, just trying to figure this whole mystery out. After a while, I found myself being OBSESSED with the freind list, mouseover list and friend search bar. I think FB really does maintain long term memory of who I checked out the most in the past. It was getting creepy as I find out more about this whole fb algorithm.

    So, I think I need to stay away from my crush’s profile for a little longer in order to be more clear about this.

    I concluded that it indeed “is” the MIXTURE of people who visits me and who i visit. But, I still think most of these people appearing on mouseover use smartphone to check fb!! :o

  • Johnson

    @omg
    We ended the conflict, don’t try to talk about people like that if it’s obvious they will find out.

  • Milli

    Oh and btw this 8 years guy I was talking about…he’s NEVER on my pictures list of friends on the left of my profile, EVER. This makes me believe that IF this list include SOME people who visit your profile, you must also visit there profile for them to appear there.

  • Foxy

    @OMG, thanks for the very kind and supportive words. We worked it out! ;)

    @Milli, Wow! You are quite the expert FB analyst! I’m rather impressed! Please don’t disappear from this forum. We need more insight from people like you! :)

  • Jamie

    In reading the new posts, I’ve become more interested in the “mouseover 5″ (good name) and these are definitely people who I am close to- however not necessarily on FB. Unless, FB is figuring in private messages in chat or inbox- which is my only contact(recently) with my Aunt and crush. Two of these other people I haven’t much to do with on FB, however we have many mutual friends and I could see them having an interest in me since I live with their best friends. I’ve also noticed that my “Recently Interacted With” friends under Edit Friends aren’t all the same people as my mouseover 5. Some are on both. However, there’s about 4 people on the list who I’ve had no contact with so I’m assuming page views are considered interactions by FB. Interesting… ;)

  • rosie

    omg my 3 x keep coming up and this girl that hates me and 6 other guys!!!

  • Ash

    Ok peoples. Listen up!
    My wife (being the cynic she is) solved this debate in under a minute!!
    Facebook wants as many users as possible, as this generates advertising money for them!
    Do the 10 friends that show up on your profile have the most (or close to the most)friends on their Facebook?
    Yep, it’s all about generating more friends for everyone, which generates more dollars for Facebook via advertising!!

  • Nunya Business

    All I’d like to know is it people who are viewing your profile, or who’s profile you are viewing?! I just logged onto facebook, and two guys, one just a friend who’s profile I have not recently viewed, and with whom I have not interacted recently, and the latter being my ex, who’s profile i view a lot, both showed up in my friend default list. Because of this, I am believing that the friends displayed to you are your friends who’ve recently viewed your profile. What’re everyone else’s thoughts on this? Could I be right?

  • Nunya Business

    All I’d like to know is it people who are viewing your profile, or who’s profile you are viewing?! I just logged onto facebook, and two guys, one just a friend who’s profile I have not recently viewed, and with whom I have not interacted recently, and the latter being my ex, who’s profile i view a lot, both showed up in my friend default list. Because of this, I am believing that the friends displayed to you are your friends who’ve recently viewed your profile. What’re everyone else’s thoughts on this? Could I be right?

  • Anonymous

    hello
    really wanna hear people’s thoughts on ticker’s earlier comment on his/her privacy settings:

    “scanned through yer comment, some interesting viewpoints indeed..
    here’s something i came across when i was delving through my privacy settings today..

    so, i clicked on ‘account, privacy settings, customize settings’ then scrolled down to ‘things others share’ on the third line it says ‘suggest photos of me to friends..
    when photos look like me, suggest my name’ with ‘edit settings’ beside it.
    Hope yiz are with me so far!

    So when you click ‘edit settings’ it’s interesting the 10 names that come up, dont you think…similar to the names when you hover over your own profile pic/name but they never seem to change!

    let me know your thoughts please..i’m totally intrigued by all this!!”

    i’m intrigued too ticker!

  • Milly

    @ash: not for me…my mother only as 16 friends and my ex 45…they always show up in the mouseover and I have many friends having way more friends on fb. This is so weird, and it’s just not possible all of us see ex and close people there… weird!

  • Foxy

    @Anonymous asking about Ticker’s findings. For me the ten people who show up under the “Edit Settings” are people with whom I’ve tagged in pictures together. Every single one of them. Not a deviation from this rule at all. I’ve got two albums full of photos with these ten people. They are tagged in my pictures and I’m tagged in theirs. So I’m inclined to think FB wants to “suggest photos of me to friends” to those people because we’ve already shared pictures together.

    @Ash, I’ve got over 1100 friends on FB. Many of these people have a LOT more friends that I do, and yet I keep seeing friends and relatives who may have less than 100 FB friends. I don’t think there is a correlation there.

    @Jamie, I believe you’re on to something. The Mouseover-Five, as I like to call them, may indeed be people with whom you have, or have had, the most interaction (chat, “Likes,” comments, PM, etc). I do believe page views (either you looking at their page or they looking at yours), are also considered “interactions” by FB.

  • Foxy

    mutual profile views

  • katmandoo

    I think its whoever in your friends list logged in most recently. Via pc or mobile.

  • Kangaroo

    In my case, the mouseover shows completely random persons, different people every time (most of them have no reason to view my page). But I don’t know if the algorithm differs per country.

    The left side bar contains random people as well, mixed with persons who have recently viewed my page. This list changes daily.
    The funny thing is, if I log in and out often enough, a certain list appears that is totally different from my daily list. If I refresh multiple times or wait 10 minutes (don’t really know when), the list changes back to my daily list. I only get this alternate list when I have posted something that people would be interested in.
    My daily list also contains people that are not very active on facebook (the random part), but the “other” list contains ONLY people who have been online that day.

    I find this “other” list very interesting, because I think this list contains the people that stalk the most (or viewed my page that day).
    But still, it is all very vague…

  • Foxy

    I’ve been visiting a particular friend’s profile everyday (not my crush), just to see if that friend will show up in the Mouseover-Five. It’s been at least three weeks. That friend has yet to show up on my Mouseover-Five, but I know she doesn’t use a mobile phone to access FB.

    In addition, I’m wondering about the following scenario: if you have compartmentalized your friends into sub-groups, are those the people who show up in the Mouseover Five? For example if you have your school/job friends vs. your social/family friends in two different groups. Who shows up? Does FB recognize you’ve placed people in a group and automatically add them to the Mouseover-Five list? I’m still curious about the algorithm and how it determines the Mouseover-Five.

  • Omg

    One more question…. Is clicking on someone’s picture or post on “top news feed” considered as interactiOn?? I am afraid to even read the comments on someone’s status or click to see who has “liked” the statuses!!!!! Haha…What do you think??

  • Foxy

    @Omg, I’m beginning to think that by clicking on anything they post FB considers it an “interaction.” Therefore, I don’t click pictures, watch videos, “Like,” or check to see who’s “Liked” my crush’s status updates anymore. I’m purposedly ignoring his status updates. If I want to read what he posts or see very clear details of the pictures he posts, I simply increase my screen’s magnification to 150%. LOL!!! I don’t want to “interact” with his updates for a while. I want to see how long it will be before he drops off from my Mouseover-Five. How long does FB stores my “interactions” with him? We’ve been on chat, PMd each other, and “Liked” each other’s status updates in the past. We’ve liked each other for a looooooong time, but it’s complicated. For one thing, we don’t live in the same state, so we are ‘geographical undesirable’ to one another. We aren’t far from each other (two hours away), but still I decided to stop contacting him altogether for a while. My attitude? Let’s see how badly he wants to be with me! LOL!!!

  • sunshine

    after obsessively checking if my crush is looking at me and reading this blog I have decided you can see it in the friends photo albums that appear on the side when you are looking at your photos – the frequency of certain people seems to increase when they have more recently checked you out or if they have been on line. also the mouseover box works to – possibly better. The mouseover box is always these 5 guys with whom I do or don’t have contact with and some female friends who I do have contact with, and some randoms. I have a very small ratio of guys on my friends list so I find this significant.
    The cool thing I just noticed is when you go into your account security and preview how your site appears to others, the photos along the top changes from person to person!!!!! I have one full body shot considered by many to be quite “sexy”. When I type in any guys name on the preview how it appears to them, that “sexy” photo shows up first to the left in everysingle one!!! and then some others after that which sequence also changes. When I type in other friends names – females – it is never the “sexy” photo that appears in that spot. For my neice for instance, the first two photos to appear are ones of my daughter and her or one she has taken of my daughter. Others, who probably never look it is random or the kids… Check it out!!!! super cool, not only can you tell who is looking, you can see what they are looking at – and what they find desirable about you!!

  • sunshine

    after obsessively checking if my crush is looking at me and reading this blog I have decided you can see it in the friends photo albums that appear on the side when you are looking at your photos – the frequency of certain people seems to increase when they have more recently checked you out or if they have been on line. also the mouseover box works to – possibly better. The mouseover box is always these 5 guys with whom I do or don’t have contact with and some female friends who I do have contact with, and some randoms. I have a very small ratio of guys on my friends list so I find this significant.
    The cool thing I just noticed is when you go into your account security and preview how your site appears to others, the photos along the top changes from person to person!!!!! I have one full body shot considered by many to be quite “sexy”. When I type in any guys name on the preview how it appears to them, that “sexy” photo shows up first to the left in everysingle one!!! and then some others after that which sequence also changes. When I type in other friends names – females – it is never the “sexy” photo that appears in that spot. For my neice for instance, the first two photos to appear are ones of my daughter and her or one she has taken of my daughter. Others, who probably never look it is random or the kids… Check it out!!!! super cool, not only can you tell who is looking, you can see what they are looking at – and what they find desirable about you!!

  • Sunshine

    ok, I may have jumped the gun. I did a more complete survey and while the photos do change somewhat from person to person- I can’t say for sure how it is ordered. I will say, the sequence that appears is not the sequence of my photos as they appear in my profile photos.

  • omg

    @Foxy : you go girl!! lol! That’s a great attitude right there!! haha.

    I am in shock right now. I’ve actually clicked on his statuses to check on the comments and to see who has liked his status. :(… total failure… That means I have been actually “interacting” with him!! and I purposedly didn’t visit his profile for the longest time. I thought the main page really didn’t matter!

    This is so sad….:(

  • Foxy

    @Sunshine, for me the order of photos that appear across the top when I check how the profile appears to others is the same. No matter who it is! As I’ve said before, I have over 1100 FB friends and I’ve checked twenty different people since I read your post here. It doesn’t matter who it is. Male, female, people who check in with me frequently, a couple of guys I know like me, my crush, etc. May be I should post a “sexy” photo to see if the order of pictures across the top changes! LOL!!!

  • Foxy

    @OMG, don’t feel bad! I used to do the same. Now you must arm yourself with a great deal of strength and stop clicking on his status updates. If you want to see what he posts use the method I described above. But whatever you do, DON’t click on his status updates! Don’t bother to check who “Likes” them, etc. I know, I know! It takes a LOT of self-discipline! If you think you can’t live without ‘seeing’ him for a while, here’s my suggestion. Go to his profile and download whichever photo of his you like the most. Then STOP “interacting” with him. That means NOT clicking on anything of his on the Newsfeed, nor going to his profile. If you need a ‘fix’ to see your crush, go to your downloaded photo, but don’t go to his profile and don’t click on anything he posts. I wonder how long FB stores our “interactions” with other people. Now THAT’s the biggest question I have. If we can solve that mystery then we’ll know what determines the people included in the Mouseover-Five! ;)

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  • T-MUNY

    I am curious about this as well.

    On my list:

    -MY EX WHO DUMPED ME
    –We broke up a month ago.
    –I still check his profile daily (yeah, I’m still crushing on him…)
    –My name is off-and-on about appearing on his friends sidebar.
    –His name is WITHOUT FAIL always on my sidebar but we never publicized our relationship on Facebook.
    –On Facebook we’ve attended 1 event together, have about 12 mutual friends, FB chat has stored 1800 messages between us.
    –We had an ongoing poke war for many months.
    –His name appears first when I type either his first initial or last initial in the search bar.
    –He has half as many FB friends as I do.

    -GUY CRUSHING ON ME WHO I DON’T LIKE MORE THAN A FRIEND
    –I rarely view his profile, his name appears without fail on my friend list.
    –Very few messages back-and-forth between us.
    –No mutual friends.

    The rest of the list are people I don’t view that often but ostensibly could be viewing my profile due to my funny status updates. One of them has consistently liked my posts or commented on them, even though I rarely talk to him outside of FB.

    There are also a couple girls of whom I rarely look at their profiles, but must be looking at mine. We’re all friends and hang out regularly, but I just don’t really look at their profiles but yet they appear on my list; we haven’t even been to the same FB events together.

    My experiment is going to stop looking at my ex’s profile through my Facebook page starting today, have my best mutual friend check it. I’d like to see if my friend appears on the ex’s friend list and if my ex will eventually disappear from my list.

  • Anonymous

    @sunshiine, it depends who’s tagged you in the photo…if that person’s security settings dont allow friends of friends to see it will not show up..i may also depend if the viewer and tagger are friends too i believe!

  • Tintin

    Very interesting thread.Apparently,everyone is curious to know who checks their profile.And this is only because there is someone in your friend’s list that interests you.I’ve been curious myself :P

    But frankly speaking,its hard to say because I think FB keeps changing their algorithms.Recently,I’ve noticed that the friend’s list that appears on your profile mostly comprises of your ‘recently interacted friends’ and ‘family’.Trust me,I have 2 accounts and my observations are based on both these accounts.If you want to see how the ‘featured friend’ are selected, Go to your Account-Edit Friends.You will find the ‘Recently Interacted Friends’ that facebook has listed by default.

    BUT,2 or 3 persons that doesnt come under this list also shows up.And I have noticed that they show up the moments when they come online.Also,I’ve reasons to believe they check my profile during that time(but no interactions)

    The friends showing up when you hover your name or pic(which is now different)are Recently interacted + family + friends that visit your profile + profiles you visit.

  • Kangaroo

    My ‘recently interacted friends’ list is empty. It emptied itself about 3 months ago, while I am still interacting with people on facebook. Before this list emptied I had also noticed a correlation between the left side bar en the ‘recently interacted with’.
    I might add that I have viewed about 3 profilepages in many weeks since I became aware of the fact that the left side bar shows who visits you.

    The missing ‘recently interacted with’-list might explain why my left side bar acts differently (see above).

  • InSearchOfTruth

    Well, did anybody notice abt the “Mouseover5″ that it not only shows the ppl on your name, but also the same ppl when you hover the cursor over names of common friends. The same handful are shown even if you have 100+ common friends. And those handful are the same ones.

  • InSearchOfTruth

    Well, did anybody notice abt the “Mouseover5″ that it not only shows the ppl on your name, but also the same ppl when you hover the cursor over names of common friends. The same handful are shown even if you have 100+ common friends. And those handful are the same ones.

  • InSearchOfTruth

    Well, did anybody notice abt the “Mouseover5″ that it not only shows the ppl on your name, but also the same ppl when you hover the cursor over names of common friends. The same handful are shown even if you have 100+ common friends. And those handful are the same ones.

  • Tintin

    I know it shows people who visit your profile for sure because there was one lady in my list who was seriously ill and admitted to hospital.Before her illness we used to have interactions.After many months,she started showing in hover list.Then I was wondering how come !! But in a few days she started being active on FB again,as she recovered.So 2 possibilities : – 1) She visited my profile
    2) Another possibility is FB stores all our previous interactions and its prompting us to be in touch again.

  • Pondering

    I am convinced that the people shown in the box are the people that visit your profile the most..On my own profile it is the same 10 people everytime i click in, just in different orders..a few are totally random and i don’t interact publicly with most of them!
    1) my best friend..! i don’t visit her profile that often and we haven’t had public interaction with each other recently!however she is tagged in alot of my pics!
    2) my other best friend..! same as above!
    3) my cousin..we have written on each others walls a couple of times and we’re always private chatting
    4) a guy i am friends with..we’re tagged in a few photos and we always like each others comments, statuses etc
    5) my neighbour..totally random, we have never interacted publilcly and only private chatted a couple of times, she is tagged in photos though
    6) my ex-friend..fell out a few months ago, we don’t speak now and haven’t interacted on facebook in almost a year!
    7) #6′s best friend..have never interacted with her on facebook!
    8) a my best guy friend that i hooked up with recently but now things are complicated..:/
    9) another best friend..we’re always interacting on facebook
    10) the most random..#1′s ex-boyfriend, we’re both tagged in a few pictures but other than that have never interacted except for a few private chats (he isn’t online that often)

  • Foxy

    The Mouseover5 is uncanny. I have been visiting a friend’s profile religiously and “interacting” with her to see if she shows up in the Mouseover5. Nope! She doesn’t! I’ve left messages, “Liked” her posts, “Liked” her pictures, etc. Nope! she doesn’t show up in the Mouseover5. Even more crazy. She’s not even showing up on the LeftSideBar10. But as I said earlier, she doesn’t check FB very often as she’s only got her account to check in on her adult kids. So my guess is this. Mouseover5 is people who visit your page. LeftSideBar10 are people who you visi/visit you and you “interact” with the most. Another intersting fact. I created a Friends List and included this one friend (the one I’m doing the experiment with by visiting her page and leaving comments, etc). Still she doesn’t show up on either Mouseover5 or LeftSideBar10. Only other possibility is that FB doesn’t recognize these “interactions” until they reach a certain number. FB if you are reading here. I want to crack that algorithm! LOL! Better yet, why don’t you provide people with the option of knowing who visits their page. If you don’t want to know, you can always turn it off! C’mon now! It’s in your best interest! People want to know! ;)

  • Tintin

    Foxy,I dont think thats a good idea.Because if there is an option like that, profile visits will stop.So its better to play the guessing game.Isn’t this fun ?

  • Truther

    Look, the “Mouseover5″ as you call them are not profile views. There’s people on mine that will not be able to view my profile for reasons such as death.

  • OMG

    @Foxy: you know,I started thinking the same thing. I think the left side bar is the people that have “mutual profile clicks” with me. and the mouseover list is the people who check on me most often.

    my question is “how long does FB retain its memory?”

    My mouseover list has been stable for last 3 months. No change at all. It just seems to be rotating in the same group of people….

    I have been freaking out about the friend search bar.. I haven’t checkd my profile for last 10 days and I logged in today (to check my mouseover 5! haha) I started type in random letter on my friend search bar, and people that I have looked up like a 6-7 months ago are showing up as second or third person on my list….And I am not even friends with them… o_O This gave me goose bumps.. seriously, This is creeping me out! FB is really scary place…..

  • Foxy

    @Truther, if you don’t mind me asking. How long ago did your friend pass away? Also, did you have a lot of FB interaction with him/her? And again, how long ago did it happen? Also, how many total FB friends do you have? I’m asking for two reasons: (1) to determine how long FB stores “interactions,” and (2) to determine if the number of friends is a determining factor as to who shows up in Mouseover5. Thanks in advance!

    @OMG FB IS a scary place to be sure!!!

  • Truther

    @Foxy. About a year ago, and we hardly interacted. my total friends are 130. Hope my info helps in a way.

  • /

    On the topic of the mouseover5, three out of the five I have only interacted with a couple of times, a lot less than other friends.

  • whatever

    What do you think it means when someone like a week ago was appearing on your page all the time, even on the mouseovers. You could type in his 1st letter of his name and last letter of his last name and it even showed on the search bar everytime. This guy was all over my facebook but like recently in the last 4 days he’s not on there anymore at all, it’s very rare he appears on the top 10 list, although he is still in the search bar and customize picture thing in the privacy settings. Does that mean he doesn’t view my profile anymore, because i still view his a lot.

  • whatever

    Not at all.I’m sure he must be checking yours.But what is everyone talking about the search bar.My understanding is search bars shows people that you are searching often.Does it have anything to do with people searching for us ? That doesnt make much sense.

    Btw, ‘Whatever’, I would like you to experiment on something.You stop visiting him for 2-3 days.I’m sure he will show up on your profile all the time.This has happened to me.

  • Whatever

    Hmm.. That’s very interesting about stop visiting his profile, sometimes i just can’t fight the urge. It’s hard, I think I’m obsessing over it, I have refreshed my page probably over 20 times lol! I would have to agree that I have noticed the search bar is strictly who you search for. But the friends list I know for a fact is some of the people that “stalk your page”.. I have had no interactions with this guy what so ever, not even private chats. So it can’t just be a coincidence, Right? I think it’s the best thing ever, I am highly entertained by this LOL. I will stop visiting his profile for about 2 weeks and see how things go, thanks for the advice!

  • Whatever

    Hmm.. That’s very interesting about stop visiting his profile, sometimes i just can’t fight the urge. It’s hard, I think I’m obsessing over it, I have refreshed my page probably over 20 times lol! I would have to agree that I have noticed the search bar is strictly who you search for. But the friends list I know for a fact is some of the people that “stalk your page”.. I have had no interactions with this guy what so ever, not even private chats. So it can’t just be a coincidence, Right? I think it’s the best thing ever, I am highly entertained by this LOL. I will stop visiting his profile for about 2 weeks and see how things go, thanks for the advice!

  • Whatever

    Hmm.. That’s very interesting about stop visiting his profile, sometimes i just can’t fight the urge. It’s hard, I think I’m obsessing over it, I have refreshed my page probably over 20 times lol! I would have to agree that I have noticed the search bar is strictly who you search for. But the friends list I know for a fact is some of the people that “stalk your page”.. I have had no interactions with this guy what so ever, not even private chats. So it can’t just be a coincidence, Right? I think it’s the best thing ever, I am highly entertained by this LOL. I will stop visiting his profile for about 2 weeks and see how things go, thanks for the advice!

  • Tintin

    I do exactly the same :)

    Let me know what happens after.If he shows up on your list after 24 hrs,my conclusion is you attract him deeply :)

  • @Truther

    One last question if you don’t mind. Do you still visit your friend’s page?

  • Truther

    No I do not.

  • Foxy

    @OMG, I just recently conducted an experimental survey. Of those people I’m closest to on FB, I wanted to find out who has me on their LefSideBar10. I visited about 20 people with whom I’ve recently interacted. If I left them a comment on a status update, photo, or tagged them in a status update of mine, I show up on their LeftSideBar10 without fail. When I go to these people’s walls, I can see myself on their LeftSideBar10. Naturally some of those people also show up on my LeftSideBar10 because they respond to my comments on their photos, comment tags, etc. There is only one friend who doesn’t fit the bill. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and she hasn’t been on FB in a while. Although I’ve left her several encouraging notes on her wall, like so many of her friends have, she hasn’t responded to my comments, and yet she STILL shows up on my LeftSideBar10. Then I went to look at 5 pages that I visit frequently, but rarely, if EVER, comment, tag, or post in them. I don’t show up on any of these people’s LeftSideBar10. This leads me to believe the LeftSideBar10 is populated by those YOU “interact” with the most and who, more often than not, reciprocally interact with you too. However, if I had to guess one way or the other it’s mostly about YOUR interaction with them than then other way around. Whereas the Mouseover5 continues to remain a bit of a mystery to me.

  • @Truther

    Then I wonder if, in your case, it has more to do with the fact you used to “interact” with your friend but since you have less than 200 friends FB still throws your friend’s face in there to remind you to go back to “interacting” with him/her. Of course FB doesn’t know of your friend’s passing. I also have a friend who passed away two years ago and she still gets traffic on her page (mostly around holidays and the anniversary of her passing). She never shows up on my Mouseover5 but then again, I have over 1100 FB friends. So FB doesn’t bother reminding me to “interact” with her because there are others with whom I’ve “interacted” more recntly they can included in the Mouseover5.

    I used to “interact” with my crush quite a bit, but I haven’t in a while (see above posts). I’m now wondering if the Mouseover5 are people FB wants to remind you of so you can go back to “interacting” with them again. Hmmmm….

  • Foxy

    Previous post was from me to Truther.

  • Anony…MOUSE!

    I do hope it is true.
    Because when I do refresh my page, the same people come up. However, they’re not the people I interact most with.
    With about three of them, I chat to them every now and again, I like their pictures, they like my pictures etc.

    One of them is a person whose profile I tend to view a lot, he is on mine and I am on his. Other ones are ex best friends or people that never really leave wall posts, they like and comment a few times but that’s it.

    Then there are a couple of weird ones like my brothers best friend, and the same people always stay on my list.

    Also, I check it out on other peoples profiles. I guess who would visit their profile, and they are on their list.

    I hope it is true because the person I like is on my list, and that would literally make my life :)

  • OMG

    okay… I am not really sure about the relation between mutual views and left side bar…. I have three of the girls that “HATE” me for some reason. and I hid all of their posts on the news feed so I can never see their statuses or pictures updated. Still, they never fail to appear on my left side bar. I think it’s not the “mutual” click. o_O. Weirdly, They never show up on my mouseover list either.

    Today, my mouseover list has been updated!(Finally, after about 3 months of unchanging list) haha. 5 new people started showing up on my mouseover list. really really random… I am not even really interested in them and I never creep on their pages.(sigh) This algorithm is ridiculously complicated!! I have cleaned out my message box about three days ago to observe if it affects the left side bar list and the mouseover list. let’s see what happens.

  • Tintin

    Can someone tell me about the photo albums that show up on our profile?I am mostly watching everyone’s photos.Not anyone in particular.There is always 1 or 2 people’s albums that comes as suggestion.How come ?

  • heh

    Its probably both.. meaning seeing a chick you check out alot or like probably doesnt mean they’ve been looking at you.

  • Action Jackson

    I just checked the privacy settings things again, and it’s now available where I live. Very curious about it.

  • Foxy

    @Tintin, I noticed FB will show you photo albums of people you visit. If you’ve visited a particular person’s photo albums, they will throw their pictures in your face so you go back there again. Do an experiment. Visit someone’s photo albums 10 times. Then visit 5 other people’s photo albums 3 times. You’ll see the person who’s photo album YOU visited 10 times is the album that will show up on your profile with greater frequency. The algorithm KNOWS what you’ve been looking at. Of that I’m certain.

    @Action Jackson, are you talking about the privacy setting of how your profile wall looks to other people? Or are you talking about the privacy setting when you post an update and hide the update from particular people?

    • Jamie

      I don’t think that’s completely true. FB always shows my crush’s photos and I can honestly say I haven’t looked at any of his albums in the past 2 years. But FB knows. It knows I like him! lol We’ve had no public interaction in over 6 weeks but we have had “private” msgs. I think those are why the people that show up do. My other recommended albums are all from people who PM me a lot.

  • Foxy

    @OMG, is your crush still showing up on your Mouseover5?

  • Action Jackson

    @Foxy, I’m talking about the privacy setting: Suggest photos of me to friends.

  • OMG

    @Foxy. YES…. even with greater frequency. o_O

  • OMG

    @Foxy Yes.. even with greater frequency..O_O

  • Tintin

    @ Foxy : Thanks,I think you are right.

  • Foxy

    @OMG! I’m sooooo happy for you! :)

    I’m beginning to think Mouseover5 has more to do with who looks you up. In addition if you’ve exchanged PMs, and have had the occassional chat, they will show up in Mouseover5. That’s the extent to “interactions” between my crush and I. He shows up in the Mouseover5 on a regular basis.

    @ Tintin, you are quite welcome!

    @Action Jackson, in that area I only have people that have photos I’m in. Every single person in there has had their photo taken with me and we’ve tagged each other, so we exist in each other’s albums. Without fail! In other words, we have photos together and we’re tagged together.

  • Action Jackson

    @Foxy, In mine it’s people who have regularly appeared on the profile list and some from the mouseover5.

  • photie

    Hi all,
    @Action Jackson & Foxy, I’m very curious about the privacy setting: suggest photos of me to friends, also. The top 2 people someone i have a crush on and my niece.. we are not in any photos together..so that’s a bit of a strange one methinks…
    anyone else have an idea about this one??

  • Milly

    @ OMG: I don’t know if it’s the same for you but since last saturday pm, I also see people I viewed profil a long time ago. They are not friend with me on fb. I can see there my crush sister’s, his ex (they are friend), a good friend of his ex, and two other friends of him… In the same day, all of them got on my research bar. I just can figure it out, did they visit me?.. and if not, why facebook choosed them in all the profile I visited in the past 4 months…? What do you think?

  • OMG

    @Foxy: haha. Thank you, Foxy!! :) I also am started thinking that mouseover 5 has more to do with who looks at my profile. I was doing a little research yesterday and listed alll the names appearing on my mouseover. It was 2o people in total. and they all had “good” or “possible” reasons to check on me and I haven’t visited them over a month. (After I became paranoid after reading this forum.)

    @Milly : woooahhh!! That’s exactly what happened to me!! I started seeing my crush’s best friend, and my crush’s ex on my friend research bar. I was being paranoid after observing this. I was like “would they see my name in the research bar too? o_O???!?!”

    I have no idea why fb chose these certain names on the research bar. I admit looking at their pages like 4-5 months ago, but it was just one time thing! I thought “maybe” there is a slightest chance of them looking me up in reverse????……

    and my crush’s name NEVER NEVER NEVER fails to appear on my friend search bar as the first person… :( It’s all confusing..

    • Unnecessarily paranoid

      @OMG: Hi! I told a girl i had a crush on, that i like her. She rejected me because she had a bf. We are good friends now, though she still can’t face me in public even after 4 months. We get along pretty well when alone, or through calls,smses. The problem is, i think she liked me since the beginning (thats why i approached her)and STILL likes me, tho I can never be sure. And i think that she told her bf abt me liking her, bcoz he behaves strangely with me. How it hurts seeing them together everyday AND seeing her glancing at me when she’s alone!

      That said, even I made a list of all the people in my mouseover5. It came to 22 people (including my crush and her bf, Ha!)
      Now, out of these, 17 people are tagged in my album (including my crush) but BUT NOT her bf.
      From the rest 4, two are those with whom i interact on a daily basis.
      The remaining 2 are her BF (obviously) and her best friend. I had looked at profiles of both quite a lot some months, back. But interaction with them is absolutely zero. Also, her bf RARELY visits FB.

      So, at the end, I still think the mouseover5 people are those who you are tagged with/interact with/visit profile.

      Somebody please prove me I am wrong!

  • Milly

    @ OMG: Hi! I don’t know if it’s the same for you but since saturday pm, I also see, in my research bar with first name letters, people I looked profile a long time ago (maybe 4 months). I’m not friend with them on fb, in fact I don’t know them. I only looked their profile a couple of time when I was curious about a guy I was flirting with. We stoped talking a couple weeks ago, I did. And so, I don’t understand why all of them appears now in my research bar (since saturday). I would’nt make a big deal about it but I see there: my crush sister, his ex (they are friends), a good friend of his ex and two good friend of him…all these people I see are related to him. It’s also unusual for me to see people I’m not friend with in that research bar. All of them appearing at the same time is weird. For two of them, I may visited 2 months ago but I visited many other profile?! In your expérience could they visited my profile or if not, what do you think?

    • facebook poopy

      @Milly I think it’s possibly a vicious thing. Based on what people have said here, and which I agree on, when someone who isn’t your friend on Facebook looks at your profile, Facebook then suggests them to you as “People you may know.” So the reverse is also true. If you look at a crush’s ex’s profile, then Facebook will suggest you as a friend to them, and if they click on your profile, then you have looked at each other’s and then god only knows how names show up in the search bar.

      My personal theory is that it is just people YOU have looked at, and Facebook has noticed people are not adding many new friends so they tweaked their algorithm to remind you about people you were curious about several months ago.

  • Miily

    sorry for the repeat, I had a bug here

  • Samantha

    I dont think that statement is completely true. My ex appears in mine, and we havent interacted on fb since well September 2010 (or around there). Also I have a friend whos often there and her profile is so private it has nothing on it that I couldnt interact with anything anyways.
    However it is probably a combination of people going to your profile, people who profiles you go to, people you often interact with, and probably people in your main network.

  • Anonymous

    I think Mouseover5 are people that visit YOU and with whom you have exchanged PMs, chat, and exchanged mutual “Likes” on the Newsfeed (even if this is something that has happened infrequently). I believe the LefSideBar10 are people with whom you’ve done all the above and in addition, YOU visit them/THEY visit your profile. That’s my story and sticking to it! LOL! ;)

  • Foxy

    Previous “Anonymous” comment is mine. I keep forgetting to put my name in the “Name” field.

  • Tintin

    Now what I understand is FB has a set of algorithms which they keep rotating time to time.I’m almost sure of this.Its obvious why they do it.I am beggining to supsect if they are going through this blog every day.lol

  • Tintin

    Now what I understand is FB has a set of algorithms which they keep rotating time to time.I’m almost sure of this.Its obvious why they do it.I am beggining to supsect if they are going through this blog every day.lol

  • Tintin

    Now what I understand is FB has a set of algorithms which they keep rotating time to time.I’m almost sure of this.Its obvious why they do it.I am beggining to supsect if they are going through this blog every day.lol

  • Foxy

    @Tintin, I wouldn’t doubt it. Funny thing is once I was posting in here and when I went to my FB profile the LeftSideBar10 changed to completely RANDOM people who I never interact with (I have over 1100 FB friends). Once I refreshed, it went back to the list of my usual suspects, but it was interesting to note that somehow FB “new” I was here. BTW, if that sounds paranoid, go back up and read other posts. There is at least one other person who reported the exact same experience. Isn’t it interesting?

  • Lisa

    OK bare with me people. I think I’ve figured out the facebook “random” friends list. I checked that if you view your friend’s friend list on two different profiles, it will show two completely different lists even though no matter how many times you refresh it, it will still be the same people only in different spots on the list. I’ve concluded that this list is indicated by the friends YOU’VE stalked/communicated with from the account you’re logged on to. I’m almost 99.9% positive that this is true. Now as for the friends on your own list, I believe that it’s people who views your page often and also throw in one or two random people in to make the “random” friend list less suspicious :P

  • Foxy

    @Lisa, I do think the LeftSideBar10 do show the people YOU stalk and with whom you’ve had some FB “interaction.” I used to stalk my crush’s profile on a regular basis and he used to show up on my LeftSideBar10. When we first became FB friends, we made a couple of comments and “Liked” a couple of each other’s posts. However, we’ve mostly exchanged PMs and been on FB chat.

    More recently I’ve been ‘stalking’ a couple of other random profiles to see if these people will show up on the LeftSideBar10. Mind you these are people I rarely “interact” with. Nothing as of yet, but I’m confident they’ll appear there soon, especially if I start “Liking” their stuff.

    As far as my crush goes, he consistenly shows up on my Moseover5. Like I said before, I’ve stopped clicking on his status updates and I’ve stopped visiting his page altogether. He PMd me recently. I responded to his PM, but again I haven’t visited his profile. He still shows up on my Mouseover5.

  • insight

    Are we all grownups?(maybe some are teens/20somethings) Do you realize none of this mean much about relationships and none of this means much about how popular you are…its just internet fantasy/good for high school kids…and I am talking to myself here-most of all.
    Lets all get off facebook!!!!Even if you control facebook doesnt mean much about life…

  • Kasia

    You’re spot on. The reason I came across this article is because I googled this myself. I think Facebook does not want to have people up in arms over the whole privacy issue, and rightfully so, but I honestly don’t mind it & I was wanted to confirm mine, and clearly others’, suspicions about it. I first noticed it when a former friend of mine kept showing up, I had no contact with her at all for half a year, yet she kept popping up in the friends section. Not only that I also noticed it when some one I never talked to since adding him commented on a picture & he definitely showed up on my friends section when before he didn’t. In my personal opinion this is 120% true.

  • Alice on the move

    I am quite certain that the 10 friends on the left hand bar are the people who you interact with most (being ‘like’, PM, photo comments etc etc). The only question is what is the time span that facebook install the interactions records.

    The mouse over 5 is far more interesting and here’s what I like to share:
    My mouse over 5 list has been the same 20 people for May. This week however, it has changed slightly by-
    1) One guy who I added as friend in March is gone
    2) One girl of whom I checked her wedding photo in March is gone
    3) A girl who I added as friend in May is now on the list
    4) A girl who I deliberately did the ‘facebook experiment’ in May is now also on the list

    In terms of the ‘experiment’ I did, I picked a girl who I never had any interactions before, and I know for sure she won’t be looking at my profile and just started clicking through her photos in May. I also viewed her posts, by clicking the ‘view older post’ several times. Note however that I didn’t leave any comments or ‘liked’ anything. She is now also the first name to appear under the friend name search thing if I typed her first letter.

    I did the same experiment with a guy using the same criteria in May too, but he is not the top name to come up when I search his first letter- and he’s not in my June 5 list!

    Based on the above, I think the mouse over 5 list consists of the people who YOU viewed most/recently added in the past TWO months. Now the reason you might still see your ‘stalkee’on the list is either because you haven’t stopped viewing his/her profiles long enough and/or you haven’t got another person with the same first letter to beat the level of stalking you have done in the past :D.

    So here is my next mission: I will start viewing the profile of the girl who shares the same first letter as my stalkee to the extent that she’ll be the first name to appear and see if she will appear in my July/August list. This girl also happens to be someone I know for sure that she won’t be looking at my profile. If she does eventually come up in the mouse over 5 list, then I think it is safe to conclude it is showing the people who YOU have viewed most.

    p.s. in terms of the 20 names change, I think it correspond to when was the last time they were online (only the first time though,after you refresh it won’t be the case).

  • Jamie

    In an effort to end my love-life debilitating 3-yr crush, I have, for the past 6 weeks, blocked my crush’s posts from my news feed. I have not looked at his profile during this time either. However, in the last 6 weeks, he has PM’d me. I didn’t respond via FB. (Does FB know this? haha)

    Anyways, He was always in my Top Friends list as well as my mouseover 5. Now, he is infrequently in the list on the left and still in the mouseover 5. (Along with 19 other people who mean a lot to me, they’re not random)

    The reason I’m sharing this is I have probably 15ish friends that I have blocked from my news feed for some reason or another. NONE of those people show up in these lists! And honestly, I don’t have any reason to take a peak at their profiles and the same is true about mine.

    A mutual friend of my crush checked his profile the other day (I didn’t ask her to lol) and she said I showed up in his mouseover 5 and his Friends list on the left.

    Huh? So idk what that means when I don’t have anything to do with him on FB…

  • Dest

    Well, I refreshed 15 times and the same people showed up just in different orders and I rarely interact with some of them on there and I honestly don’t care if they look at my profile. I talk to some of these people in person a lot or sometimes, but it also doesn’t surprise me that they even look at my profile either-not to have a big head or anything- but it really doesn’t

  • Dest

    Well, I refreshed 15 times and the same people showed up just in different orders and I rarely interact with some of them on there and I honestly don’t care if they look at my profile. I talk to some of these people in person a lot or sometimes, but it also doesn’t surprise me that they even look at my profile either-not to have a big head or anything- but it really doesn’t

  • Destiny

    Well, I refreshed 15 times and the same people showed up just in different orders and I rarely interact with some of them on there and I honestly don’t care if they look at my profile. I talk to some of these people in person a lot or sometimes, but it also doesn’t surprise me that they even look at my profile either-not to have a big head or anything- but it really doesn’t

  • commentario

    hey yall!

    maybe someone could check this out for me..put instead of typing http://www.facebook.com try http://www.beta.facebook.com….do you see a difference in your friend list?!! ;) i normally use beta in the address coz i read somewhere that it hows all posts (you know sometimes some dont show up for one reason or another) anyway i just noticed that the lists are different and i reckon it means something..it’l probably change now if the facebook gods are watching!! ;)

  • omg

    @commentario: friend list looks the same for me? in beta and normal facebook!

    @Jamie: Same here. I have blocked about 15 ish people from the news feed, just becuase I was either annoyed by their frequent status updates or I hate them for some reason. 1 boy and 1 girl i have blocked last winter keeps showing up on my mouseover list. During this time of blocking, I have never chekd out their facebook profile page or clicked on their statuses or the pictrue updates. Because I can’t see it in my news feed anyway!!

    This makes me to believe that mouseover5 IS the people Who is stalking me. But, One other possibility is that maybe fb stores the memory of me clicking their pages last year??? Before the christmas season, I think I was close them so I frequently checekd their pages.

    ANDDD I have blocked my crush from the news feed about 2 weeks ago. (haha) So, we will see if he dissapears from my mouseover 5

    anyway, It’s all still vague.

    OH! and I figured out the search bar is sensitive to who I VIEW not the other way around. :) That for sure…

  • Alex

    This is a real useless crap feature of Facebook.
    They should just show the way it used to be, COMPLETELY random. I have also ways the same 15 people showed up there

  • Kangaroo

    @commentario: jup, I notice a difference in lists. All the people on my betalist are people who are active on facebook.

  • http://www.richardhedges.co.uk Richard

    I too believe it to be people who have viewed your profile recently, or something like that.. I’ve 1 or 2 people I’ve not spoke to in AGES, some however I have probably spoken to here and there in the past 2 months.

    The algorithm for it could be anything. Who knows – Maybe it selects random people when you login, and keeps them for the entire duration you’re on Facebook. Though our experiences differ it’s hard to tell what’s what.

  • CMT

    It’s the people who visit/make contact with your profile/you the most. I know this, because I was never on a friend’s friends list, but he was on mine. THen when another friend fraped me, and plastered wall posts and statuses about him, and to him, I was suddenly on his friends. However, agreed. There are some people who I’d least expect be visiting my profile. But if they’re in your relatives section, or a different friends group, they wont turn up

  • CMT

    It’s the people who visit/make contact with your profile/you the most. I know this, because I was never on a friend’s friends list, but he was on mine. THen when another friend fraped me, and plastered wall posts and statuses about him, and to him, I was suddenly on his friends. However, agreed. There are some people who I’d least expect be visiting my profile. But if they’re in your relatives section, or a different friends group, they wont turn up

  • noone

    Definitely, the person who you’re stalking will appear constantly on your friend list. What finally convinced me was the fact that this girl called my friend a stalker on his wall and he was like ‘ah, yeah.’ Then when I checked, the same girl pops up on his friend list no matter how many times I refreshed. Same thing happens with my friend list.

  • Sam

    There is a girl that i talk to quite a lot on chat that only occasionally comes up in the boxes however there are 3 girls that regularly pop up when i haven’t interacted with them at all. However i do notice that after a night of being with certain people when i look the next day or so they will be in there even though I haven’t interacted with them since the night.

  • Tintin

    @FOXY, I know what you mean.It has happened to me too.

    I dont know how many of you noticed this – Earlier it was 5 friends that showed up when you hover your name.Now there is 5 when you hover your name and another 5 when you hover your profile pic.So total 10 but some are common.Now what does this mean ?

  • Jane

    Ive been curious about this for a while too… On one hand it would be kinda cool to know who’s stalking me but at the same time I don’t want facebook showing other people who I’m stalking :/
    I’ve found that from the 10 friends under my friends list I’ve only interacted with about 3 of them in the past month and the people I interact with most (like send 5 inboxes a day to) don’t even show up! A few of them are people on whose pages I’ve never even been on since accepting them and don’t interact with at all… There is this one person who’s page I visit a LOT and I’m curious to know if its because I visit his page so much or he visits mine…
    Maybe facebook just takes a combination of people you publicly interact with a lot, people you stalk and people that stalk you?

  • Foxy

    @Tintin, Wow!!! I just noticed that too! Mouseover5 will have to be renamed to Mouseover10. The 5 that show up when hovering over your name and the other five that show up when hovering over you Profile pic! Any ideas about these ten??? For me they aren’t necessarily the same as the LeftSideBar10.

  • jlkjlhh

    the beta version doens’t work anymore when watching your own profile. fb-gods have red this:D

  • TWX

    After reading every single goddamn posts.. and trying out experiments using my profile..

    I wanna say.. every name tt appears.. regardless its on the left side on ur profile page or mouseover of ur name in (except for the searchbar.. i noticed the names tt pops when i typed any alphabets were things i frequently checked out on) ARE HAVING MUTUAL INTERACTIONS (events/pics/viewing of profiles/liking of comments at newsfeed)………

    BUT if u havent checked on him/her for a long time.. (try and really recall.. sometimes u might click him/her to read a post and then click back to home/profile) and she/he still appears on the left side of the friendlist.. means he/she probably happened to check on ur profile not too long ago (not necessarily mean stalking)

    SO if ur crush appears on ur friendlist… it might not necessarily mean he/she also stalks u.. BUT DEFINITELY THEY HAD CLICKED ON UR PROFILE NOT TOO LONG AGO TO BE THERE.. (Assuming u are constantly viewing his/her profile)

  • Ava_x

    Wow so many people have posted since I was last on here! Some interesting comments :) I’ve just noticed that mouseover thing on the profile picture too! Not sure if it necessarily means anything though. My brother always appears in my mouseovers and he never ever comes on facebook, I’ve asked him and he said he hasn’t been on for months and his last activity shows October 2010 HAHA. I never go on his profile anyway.Maybe facebook just assumes I’d be interested in viewing his profile?

    I’ve been doing some ‘experimenting’ or ‘stalking’ recently. I have a fake profile which is friends with me (lol sounds so weird saying that) and I use it to go on peoples profile, and I went on my crushes profile and I was in his 10 friends at the side! We have never had any public interaction, just a tagged photo of over 2 months ago and a private message. Every couple of days he appears on mine then it changes back to a bunch of other people who I HAVE had recent public interaction with. I don’t really interact with many people on facebook so I can understand why he might still be appearing in my list quite often but I have no reason to be appearing on his because he interacts with A LOT of people regularly and has double the amount of friends I have. I also know that he’s not interested in me, I suspect he knows I’m interested in him so probably thinks I’m stalking him! Yes so I went on his profile regularly until a couple of weeks ago (went on once this week ooopsy :) now i just access it through the fake profile). There is also a girl and a guy who always appear in my list who I fell out with over a year ago so have had no interaction with, I suspect they are stalking me.

  • TWX

    Hey guys.. i need some ans on this..

    Try clicking on the 10 friends on the left side of ur profile.. do u appear on their profile (left side) too?

    For me, i dun appear on theirs… regardless how many times i viewed on them (i tried spamming views on their profiles/afk on their profile page) Weird o.o?

  • Pie

    About the 10 friends on the left side. I think it may be a mix of things, but I think I’ve made a discovery. lol Unless facebook is somehow reading my mind, then it must show some people who have recently viewed your page. (not necessarily stalking)

    I hung out with someone one day, and the next day they showed up on my friends list. A couple days later I hung out with a different person and then the next day they too showed up on my friends list! I never viewed either of their pages in about 2 months. So the only thing I can guess is perhaps they looked at my page sometime after we hung out? Either that or facebook knows who I hang out with O.O ;)

  • icedgem

    i totally agree with the whole stalking thing. i mean the guy who has a crush on me is ALWAYS on the list as is my closest friend who i know always goes on my wall and comments on stuff and there is also a girl who i had a massive fight with there too. creepy…. i like it though, its interesting to know who ‘stalks’ you lool

  • salsapat

    As the people who are ‘stalking you’ have been given permission by you to view your wall, profile etc. why do you have a problem with it.

  • milly

    Pie: about the friend on the left side. On mine, 6/10 friends also show up on my mouseover list of 20 person. 4/10 looks random or people I talked to a long time ago. Whatever the friends showing on the left, 6 always seem to come from my mouseover list. I think it’s the reason why the list on the left is showing often the same people. BUT, since my ex is always on my mouseover list(and I have very good reason to believe he’s still curious about me)I was wondering why fb never EVER placed him on that left list… I think it’s because I never go on is page…I visited is page only once (2 years ago) when we became friend on fb. I think the list on the left have 6 peoples comming from the mouseover but 6 people YOU also visit or interact with sometimes (mutual). My crush, that I visited often before is: on my mouseover (all the time) + on my list on the left (sometimes). We don’t talk on fb together, the only interaction I have with him on fb… visiting is profile and reading is comments. Since I know he realy like me to, big chances he visit me and so I see him on the left list.. simple theory

  • http://danielivan.com Daniel Iván

    Anna:

    I do totally agree with your interpretation. Actually, I came to this article while trying to research about this “intuition” I had about this issue on FB. One fact that makes it so clear to me is to put an “interest” variable on the equation. I’m a photographer and I’ve added a lot of people related to the media. Must of those out of my country seemed to be more eager to comment or “like” when I publish a pic, so I can actually verify their faces and names appearing at the friend box. But there are a lot of other people related to photography -strangely, mostly from my country- which are not actually commenting often but that appear on the box after I publish a pic -and, otherwise, don’t appear at all-. And, if I apply the same pattern with other “interests”, the result is quite the same. What confuses me quite oftenly is the fact that, in one particular case, the person appearing on my friends box is actually a recently dead person (I’m not jumping to paranormal conclusions but makes me think, perhaps, this “interests variable” may be applied in several other ways as part of the algorythm, not only to reflect our contacts “reacting” to our publications).

    Kind regards.

  • shocked

    All 3 of my exes always appear on that list whenever I refresh it. I haven’t talked to them for more than 6 months on Facebook. lol

  • LynnDark

    I don’t know if this still interests you, but I did an experiment with the Friends list (not the left side 10, the one that appears when you click on “Friends”). I started to check out this guy’s profile, who I know hardly ever logs in to FB. I clicked on his profile every day, and checked out the few pics he had. Within 5 days he jumped to the 1st place when I typed the first letter of his first name in the search field, and to th 4th place when I started to type his last name. Simultaneously, when I started to stalk him with my profile, I started to stalk myself with my fake profile. I clicked on my real profile every day as well, and some stuff i posted, but my fake profile never moved on my list, it kept its steady 3rd place, altho previously I rarely clicked to see my real profile with it.
    Interesting thing is that after finishing the experiment that lasted about a week, the guy I stalked kept his top places for a week, then returned to the back of the row, while my fake profile still hasn’t moved anywhere. Next thing I’m gonna try is mutually stalking myself, to see if it changes anything :D

    Anyhow, I’m pretty sure there are more than 1 algorithms (possibly who you click on, who clicks on you, has the most mutual friends with u, has many friends you might also know, etc.) to determine this, the left 10, and the mouseover5 as well, and they are either used all at once, or in some kind of a rotation. That’s why we don’t seem to find a perfect solution.
    For a good while my left10 seemed to be the result of the “these are 10 ppl who almost never look at you” algorithm. It didn’t really change for loooong months, and I almost thought it picked out about 20 ppl for itself when the last bigger FB changes took place, and it won’t ever change. But after I first wrote here, a completely new set of people appeared, so maybe they are really watching us O___o Yesterday & today it seemed it was finally beginning to show the people I interacted with the most, but now that I tried someone’s suggestion to use FB beta and went back to the original again, the left10 is again back to a crappy set of people, 3 out of 10 i really-really dislike… These algorithms annoy the hell out of me sometimes :P

  • Nottelling

    sooo this guy in my class i think liked me and when i got home he was on my friend list i think he clicked on my profile and then it showed up in friends listtt i had no intaction with him and never talk to him

  • Mindfucker

    I’m gonna throw something totally new out here for us all to mindfuck about (ain’t it fun?)– and that’s the factor of *friends of friends* whom we *have not added* as our own friends yet, and how some of these may be viewing your profile *THROUGH* the profiles of your friends. So the possibility exists that for every friend you see popping up in the LeftSideBar10 (LSB10) or the Mouseover 5 (MO5), ANY of *their* friends could actually be the one viewing you. Meaning they have accessed you by either finding you on their friend’s friend list or clicking on your comment/name thru the interface of what the mutual friend has posted. This would make sense since friends you have not yet added would have no other way of “showing up”– besides the “People You May Know” (which I think is a very valid and likely explanation of who shows up there as well) and it could very well be both. I have definitely noticed the patterns most of you have noticed with all this, in general, and also two more patterns I’ll add:
    1) I’ll see someone pop up in LSB10 or MO5 kind of out of nowhere, like someone I either recently added or have never seen pop up there before, and next thing I know within a few days or thereabouts I am getting a PM or a “like” or comment or something from them. This makes it obvious that they have been viewing and waiting for their moment to pounce. I will also add that I’m female, and almost all my LSB10/MO5 “regulars” are guys, guys who I am 110% sure have interest in me. This would also seem to definitely confirm a theory of “people who view YOU”.
    2) Some of the regulars, especially in MO5, are people i *wouldn’t* assume had much interest in me (except maybe curiosity and/or mild moral outrage– I’ve got a few obligatory older folks and professional associates with different views, etc) but then I’ll see in “People You May Know” a person whom I figure is probably the one viewing me THROUGH that friend who I initially figured probably isn’t the one interested. Then sometimes one of the “people You May Know” will add me as a friend. (But admittedly this has not happened very much.)

    Also— I want to concur with one of the posters above who made the very astute observation that FB is making this subject deliberately murky in an attempt to generate maximum interest in (and revenue for) FB– by balancing the demand for privacy with the need we apparently all have to want to “guess” or “get a pretty good inkling” that “certain someones” are “probably” checking us out. Can’t say I mind, and I think it’s rather brilliant, actually. :)

  • http://www.kohlcass.etsy.com kohlcass

    Totally agree with you! I have a couple of people who’s profile I never check but I am pretty sure I know the reasons behind why they keep checking me out.

    My guess is that although it really is about the level of interaction, their algorithm does not notice that the interaction is one sided!

    Thanks for getting this out there!

  • TWX

    OMG Mindfucker.. no one actually thought of that yet on this thread.. tts smth to ponder about too.. o.o

  • Foxy

    I’m going to throw another monkey wrench in the mix here. It has to do with whether or not a person hides his/her friends list.

    So I have a professional friend with whom I’ve been engaged in a Poke War for months now. We are tagged in photos together, but I haven’t been to his profile in several months. I have no interest in him as anything other than a friend, but I know an interest in me. Now he used to show up on my LeftSideBar10 (LSB10) regularly, but after he changed his settings to hide his friends list, he no longer shows up on my LSB10 list. HOWEVER, he regularly shows up on my MouseOver5 (MO5). I know why this guy hid his friends list (professional reasons). We share a lot of these connections too.

    Now my crush (different guy) has also hidden his friends list (again professional reasons). As I said, I USED to go to his page on a regular basis, but I no longer do that. He used to show up on my LSB10 when I was visiting his profile regularly. Since I’ve stopped visiting his profile, he no longer shows up on my LSB10, BUT he continues to show up on my MO5. This makes me think that if a person hides his/her friends on FB, they may only show up on the LSB10 IF YOU view their profile too.

    Thoughts?

  • http://www.richardhedges.co.uk Richard

    After leaving it for a little while I can now see more people, that I have no interaction with, appear in my friends list. Looking now, I can see 5 new people who weren’t appearing last time I looked. I’ve not had any interaction with these 5 people at all. I’ve probably viewed only 2 of these profiles too…

    Really curious as to how Facebook goes about getting the first 10 – 20 people to display, but I’ve absolutely no idea right now …

  • Mindfucker

    Foxy, I’m not so sure about that one. I mean, it could be *a* factor… especially if you have ever clicked on their page. BUT my #1 Crush has had his friends list hidden for as long as I’ve known him and he is almost *always* in my LSB10 or MO5 or both. And he is a very good test case for all this, so I will briefly tell the story (it’s kind of perversely amusing, anyhoo):

    He is in my professional circle but we hadn’t met in person when he added me on FB maybe 8 months ago. He had a long-distance GF at the time but here & there I started seeing him pop up, first on the MO5 (I have a theory that this is where they FIRST pop up), then with very increased frequency & durability about 2 months ago. Lo & behold he starts inviting me to things and finally asks me out about 6 wks ago. This whole time he’s one of the most regular fixtures on both MO5 and LSB10. We go out, he tells me he’d broken up with GF a while back, things get heated quickly. All this time, he’s still a fixture on my FB. We recently did the deed and it was fantastic but then he started acting like an asshole and a “pimp” and we both weirded out a bit. But I know he is still somewhat obsessed (his personality and things that happened). I swear his regularity on my LSB10 & MO5 has ebbed and flowed with his back-and-forth push-pull with me, I mean it’s almost trackable by the hour when he will “pop up” and how it coincides with his interaction (or lack thereof) IRL. Last time we saw each other ended on a wierd note, something of an argument. It was his birthday a few days ago and he made a big FB show of bragging about how he had a date later (not with me) and how “awesome” his day was going and how much “awesomer” it was going to get later (yes, he is a manchild– but awfully hot). I tested whether it was him “just being honest” and/or going about his life in general or whether he was wanting to make sure *I* saw it. I wrote on his wall at the very end of the day (way after all the tons of other HBD wishes buried the “awesome date” bit way down on his wall) something like “HBD and enjoy lots of cake” and he replied the next day: “didn’t have cake but had an amazing dessert! ;)” (manchild). I have purposely avoided clicking on him in any way shape or form for the last few days to see what happens. Also, I guess to see if he actually has moved on or is bluffing and waiting to see my reaction. I have “played it cool” on my FB except for a few songs and quotes here & there that *might* suggest I am pissed about others’ immaturity– just wee vague little crumbs. Sure as shit he is stuck like glue to my LSB10 and MO5 again, and I already knew he is the type to use jealousy as a tactic and lie in wait for the reaction. LSB10 and MO5 have proven what I already knew about him AND have proven the accuracy of LSB10 and MO5! There is NO DOUBT in my mind. Bank on it.

  • Foxy

    @Mindfucker, Wow! You can write a novel with this one. Seriously! What the hell is wrong with men? Must they F***K everything that wears a skirt? I mean, if you two hit it off and have amazing sexual chemistry, why does he have the need to screw around with others while rubbing it in your face? Why does he have to use jealousy as a tactic on you? My crush is a manchild too. He’s been stuck on me for AGES! When we first met 15 yrs ago (long long long story!), it was NOT a possible for us to be together. I knew he was CRAZY about me! The sexual tension was always there. It was almost tangigle! He couldn’t hide it. I didn’t reject him at all and tried my best to make him feel ‘liked by me,’ because in all honesty I did like him. However, he knew why I couldn’t be with him. Fast forward 15 yrs. later. HE looks me up on FB! Yes!!! He sought me out after he broke up with his significant other. Lo and behold, my heart skipped a beat when I first saw his picture on my PM box. I almost didn’t respond to his message/friend request because I knew what he wanted from me. We’ve been in regular contact for five months now. After several emails, PMs, chats, etc, I did finally confess my attraction to him (something I couldn’t do when we first met). Well, he was TOTALLY into it! We’ve NOT done the deed yet because of timing (again long long long story). I hesitate to even get together with him because I’ve noticed that he too likes to employ the jealousy tactic. I don’t know how far back you’ve read on this thread, but we live about 2.5 hours away from each other and there are other factors that come into play. I don’t know if it will ever happen between us. May be this is one of those that might be ‘the one’ in another life. I don’t know!

  • Mindfucker

    Foxy– Just Keep Yer Eyes On the Mouseover Five!

    LOL. It should be a jingle theme-song for this thread :)

    Does this guy show up there? he might not yet if others are viewing your profile more often or lingering longer… but if he starts showing up more often he is moving himself to the head of the class…

    On another subject, has anyone tried laying bait traps such as songs from friends’ favorite bands that you’re almost positive they’ll watch or “like”, or links to stuff you know certain friends will get riled up and comment on– just to test if they will show up on LSB10 or MO5? I’m thinking this could be a good *test*, especially for those friends you don’t interact with too much and/or you rarely if ever see on LSB10 or MO5 thus far. I say *test* because if you start doing that with your target crush in mind, you won’t really know if they’re viewing your profile because they’re really interested in you or just want to pass a few minutes listening to the cool song, LOL.

  • Mindfucker

    Foxy– Just Keep Yer Eyes On the Mouseover Five!

    LOL. It should be a jingle theme-song for this thread :)

    Does this guy show up there? he might not yet if others are viewing your profile more often or lingering longer… but if he starts showing up more often he is moving himself to the head of the class…

    On another subject, has anyone tried laying bait traps such as songs from friends’ favorite bands that you’re almost positive they’ll watch or “like”, or links to stuff you know certain friends will get riled up and comment on– just to test if they will show up on LSB10 or MO5? I’m thinking this could be a good *test*, especially for those friends you don’t interact with too much and/or you rarely if ever see on LSB10 or MO5 thus far. I say *test* because if you start doing that with your target crush in mind, you won’t really know if they’re viewing your profile because they’re really interested in you or just want to pass a few minutes listening to the cool song, LOL.

  • Foxy

    @Mindfucker, LOL!!! I love the title of your jingle song: Just Keep Yer Eyes On the Mouseover Five! LOVE IT!!! Btw, I think I’ll try your experiment on other friends (not my crush).

    Yes, my crush shows up on my MouseOver5 (MO5) over and over and over again! Mind you I have over 1100 FB friends AND he and I only share ONE “mutual friend,” his brother. I don’t visit his Profile anymore, nor click, nor “Like” any of his posts on the Newsfeed. When I did, he used to show upon my my LeftSideBar10. I stopped visiting his page a while ago, yet he continues to show up on my MO5. Hence, I tend to believe this MO5 is definitely saying something to me!

  • Foxy

    So I experimented with my fake FB & real profiles as follows:

    1. Using my fake profile I sent my real profile a friend request.
    2. The friendship was accepted ;)
    3. Using my fake profile I started “Liking” some of my real profile pictures (no comments), just views of my real profile albums and some “Likes.”
    4. I went back to my fake wall and Voila! my real profile pic appeared on the LeftSideBar10 (LSB10) immediately!
    5. I refreshed the page 10 times and my real self appeared 9 times out of the ten on the LSB10.
    6. On MouseOver5 my real profile picture only showed up once out of the ten times I refreshed.

    Mind you, my fake profile only has 28 friends so far, so I think this changes the dynamics quite a bit. My real profile has over 1100 friends. Soooooo what does this all mean? I belive my theory was corrent! The LSB10 shows pictures of friends YOU visit most!

    The MO5 is still the big enigma. My next experiment is to start stalking my fake profile using my real profile, but not clicking or liking anything on my fake profile. I will then examine the MO5 using my fake profile. Will my real profile pic show up there? We’ll see…

  • alyssa

    after reading all of the comments i’ve decided to pay more attention to my profile. I have two male friends who sometimes appear on the left bar, but not nearly as much as others. I posted a status early in the morning when hardly anyone was online. Both of them liked my status. Sure enough i went to my wall and both of them were on the 10.

    However now i’m wondering more about the MO5 which i’ve never even noticed before this article. While the 10 friends seem to be a mixture of stalking to me, the mouse over seems to be people who would be more interested in me.

    One is my ex who when we were together always talked about going through my pictures and specific ones he noticed. He has another girlfriend but still sends me invites and likes my wall. I rarely go on his profile. Now i don’t know if he shows up because of all the interaction we’ve had when we were together or if he’s been viewing me recently.

  • Mindfucker

    -About LSB10 being people you view: I just was on FB and noticed my LSB10 has changed slightly from the way it’s been all day to include my cousin, whose photo I recently commented on and whose status/comments I recently viewed (but he also looks at my stuff all the time too, so this could be *mutual interactions*. BUT, I maintain that the LSB10 is *more* people who are viewing YOU– there are a few regulars I have on there that I honestly hardly EVER look at but whom I am almost completely sure would have reason to look at my page (even if it’s just that they’re online all the time and/or listening to the songs I post).

    -Alyssa, your post is reminding me of a glaring point I’d neglected in my own situation– my last ex, who is like Stalker A Number One and who openly admits it (we even joke about it a little, it’s a kind of screwy friendship we maintain) only occasionally shows up on my LSB10 or MO5. This does indeed strike me as odd. Perhaps this is because, out of all the “regulars” on there, he is the one I probably look at the least? (Since he is an *ex* and the current rotation is mostly guys I am still “considering” and thus checking out more, even if it isn’t that often.)This inclines me to think that there has to be at least *some* occasional *mutual* views for one of your stalkers (no matter how zealous or frequent) to make it onto your LSB10 or MO5.

  • Trasdental

    I have an idea, I think that the list on the left side relates to the friends who frequently visited your profile in the recent time, leave comments or like things, and with whom you haven’t had a too frequent interaction. These are people who are interested in your attention. On the other hand, the 5-person list on Mouseover5 may display people who score high as being your most frequent visitors over a given time but with whom you don’t have a too frequent interaction through FB. Those are your putative stalkers. I actually found old flirts in the left list and…my mother on Mouseover5!

  • Foxy

    @Trasdental, you may be onto something there! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… yes, Trasdental, there might be something to that. Right now, as my LSB10 looks right this second: 8 of the 10 are friends who definitely comment & like my stuff more than I do theirs– but whom I do occasionally look at, comment or like– and whom for various reasons I’d assume are checking out my page on at least a somewhat regular basis. So those 8 fit your theory perfectly. 1 of the 10 is a guy whom I actually have almost no interaction with either way, public or private, him or me, but whom I have a lot of common interests and mutual friends with (and whom I *would* interact with more if he didn’t have a GF!!!)– this guy and I *have* exchanged mutual public interactions, but only like one or two each in years. Still, he’s a VERY regular fixture on my LSB10, if not the *most* regular lately. Finally, the last 1 of the 10 is a guy *only I* have interacted publicly with (he’s not liked or commented on anything I’ve posted) but with whom I had a semi-long running private message exchange with about a month ago. I have not looked at his page since I added him a few months ago.

    And on my MO5 right now I’ve got: one guy whom we’ve shared *only one* mutual public interaction but whom I worked with on something and he was totally staring at my rump the whole time so I figure he’s perving; three professional women contacts whose pages *I* check very regularly for professional reasons (and they maybe check mine too?) and one guy who never interacts with me publicly (and vice-versa) but we’ve exchanged a brief pm exchange about 6 wks ago and we text a lot– he is also a professional contact but might be perving, too, who knows?

    So…..relating back to your theory, Trasdental, it raises a good question about who’s showing up where based on ratios of *their* interactions with you vs. *your* interactions with them… And perhaps private messages are perceived as more significant than public ones and so if you’ve had any pm’s with someone it could bump them way up on the list. (However, this still doesn’t apply to that one outlier on my LSB10 that I’ve had no pm’s with but who nonetheless is almost always there.)

    Finally, one more point I’ve observed about the LSB10: almost all of the people on there at any given moment are people whom I very much like and have very similar interests with. I tend to notice that these “preferred” folks pop up more when I have posted something that would definitely relate to those mutual interests we share. Whereas the MO5 is usually made up of people who don’t necessarily share many or hardly any of my interests or views but who for various other reasons are probably checking me out a lot. So, since the MO5 is a slightly more “hidden” showing of friends and the LSB10 is more “public”, it could be that the variable of mutual interests is more of a deciding factor there. Kind of like another thing in your profile that describes you. As if FB is saying: “THESE friends are the ones who reflect most on who this person is and what this person is all about.”

  • Anonymous

    oh, sorry, that was me, “Mindfucker”, who posted that last one…
    Anyway it seems like this is the cluster of variables, especially for the LSB10:
    -how often and/or recently they viewed your page
    -they tend to view your page more than you do theirs (aka they “want your attention” as Trasdental put it)
    -you may have a lot of interests and/or friends in common with them
    -you may have exchanged more pm’s with them than others
    -they may be online the most often or the most recently

    And of course the way things naturally tend to work is that usually these people will be your favorites and/or closest to you or most representative of what you’re about. It stands to reason that you’d end up interacting more with those who you have more friends and interests in common with… and certainly if both of you are online a lot you’ll see each other’s stuff more… But where it’s REALLY interesting is when few or none of these variables are at play and a particular person is a very regular fixture… that’s when it starts looking like one variable is overriding all the others, and I would have to conclude that this variable is the one of *they are looking at you a lot*.

  • OMG

    Hi! :) It’s been a while since I posted here. haha..

    great inputs, everyone!

    Okay.. here is the thing. I have not clicked on any of the posts or the pictures that my crush has been updating for about a month now. (It was hard to resist the temptation. lol so I blocked him from my news feed.)

    Well, He’s been showing up on my mouseover 5 consistently.. never going away…. I would probably be sad if he goes away. haha.

    So, I posted earlier that if i search for his initial of first name and last name in the search bar, he’s the very first one to show up. I did a little experiment. I chose the second person on my search bar and stalked her fb page for about a week. I clicked on EVERY SINGLE one of her pictures posted and looked at allllllll the wall posts she posted. I even read her notes and everything. and BOOM! She was the first one to show up on my friend search bar. I know she doesn’t log in to fb that much. So it was only “me” stalking her fb page. So I was like “yeah, I think search bar is definitely sensitive to who I VIEW. not the other way around.” But, after about 3 days, the order has been flipped again. He is the first one to show again and I never clicked on his name or statuses. NONE. NEVER!

    He has “liked” my profile picture yesterday… like right after I updated it. it makes me to think he visits me regularly and frequently….o_O

    and he also shows up on the privacy setting, “suggest the photos to others”.

    I am never tagged in any of his photos. we ve never facebook chat, we’ve never attended the same event and we only have 2 mutual friends.

    haha.

    anyway, I think 10 people popping up on “suggest photos to others” are the people who look at my albums most often….

    and friend search bar is sensitive to who I search for and who looks at my page in reverse. (well, at least the order.. I don’t know)

    what do you think?

  • Mindfucker

    okay, PROOF POSITIVE, y’all. If you scroll up a few posts to my first post you’ll see that I’ve been laying low and watching the comings & goings of my #1 Crush on LSB10 and MO5, to which he’s been stuck like glue the last several days. I’ve been “hiding” from his profile, calling his bluffs, staying mum. Well, don’t you know he blows up my phone tonight with text after text? I’m telling you, it’s a true barometer.

    Interestingly enough, two of his cohorts (mutual associates) have suddenly shown up tonite on MO5 (where, as I’ve theorized, the new ones show up first). Hmmm… might these two have been advising him to man up? Basing their wise counsel on their perusal of my oblique wall posts? Hmmm… I will report back with any conclusions!

    Score 1 for Mouseover Five!

  • Tintin

    @OMG….hey,I didnt know about that Suggest photo to others?? That makes me so happy :)

  • Foxy

    @Tintin & @OMG: All I can say is OMG!!!!!!!!! I just checked the “Suggest Photos to Others” under Privacy Settings and lo and behold, my Crush is the second one listed there! I’m THRILLED!!! All the other people listed there are people with whom I’ve been tagged in pictures with, and/or with whom I’ve attended events. He on the other hand, HE is the ONLY exception to that rule. We aren’t tagged in any FB photos together, nor are we listed as having been to the same events (as far as FB is concerned).

    @Mindfucker! YOU GO GIRL!!! I would say your crush’s friends wanted to check you out because they wanted to see how you are managing to drive their friend nuts! LOL!!! I totally LOVE MO5! Don’t you? ;)

  • Foxy

    Btw, as a way to experiment I did check the “Suggest Photos of Me to Others” tab under Privacy Settings 10 times. My crush showed up 9 out of the 10 times. Sometimes he was the first one listed, other times he was the last one, or somewhere in the middle. But he was always there.

    @Mindfucker, unlike in your situation, my crush doesn’t show up on LSB10 anymore. He used to show up there regularly, but he no longer shows up there. I noticed he stopped showing up there when I stopped visiting his profile. However, she continue to show in my MO5 and the “Suggest Photos of me to Others” tab under Privacy Settings. This is all very interesting indeed….

  • Tintin

    @Foxy,I observe the same.But cant be so sure as I check their profile quite frequently myself.Its hard to say.Wish they made this more transparent.

  • Mindfucker

    Tintin– if you’ve got a certain person you’re wondering about (aka Crush), you’ve got to sit on your hands and force yourself to NOT look at their profile or ANYTHING they post, like or comment on and preferably none of their mutual friends for at least a few days to see if they are looking at you. In this time, also look and click away all over the place on everyone else’s stuff. And if possible lay plenty of bait for others to like and comment on on your page. Because I think a lot of this has to do with ratios & proportions. If you are looking at everyone else’s stuff *so much* more and The Crush’s not at all, then it will become weighted to reflect that and YOU won’t show up on The Crush’s LSB10 of MO5… and you will know that if The Crush shows up on yours it’s because they are one of the top and/or most recent people to look at you. If you’re always looking at each other and it’s fairly mutual, you won’t be able to tell on a given day whether The Crush is showing up because you checked him out that day or vice versa. You’ve got to test it with TOTAL RETREAT.

  • Tintin

    @MF,I’ve tried this earlier.Then he started to show up more frequently on LSB10 and M05.What I felt was FB is deliberately trying to persuade me to look at his profile :) Lately,all the people who show on my LSB10 are my recently interacted ones(mutually) But MO5 is what confuses me.This fellow is always on my MO5.

  • OMG

    If there was like button, I would totally like your comment above, mindfucker. haha

    I have not been looking at his profile or posts or nothing for at least a month.

    He has liked few of my statuses and pictures.

    It just confirms how MO5 is related to who checks me out the most..

    But, the question is…. HE NEVER SHOWS UP ON MY LSB10… never….

    He is on MO5, and first one to come up on my tic tac toe friend list, suggest photos to others and even his memorable statuses pop up randomly……o_O

    HAHA…

    why isn’t he showing up on LSB10??

  • Foxy

    He’s not showing up on your LSB10 because YOU aren’t visiting his page or clicking on his status updates. If YOU do, he will start showing up there again! LSB10 is more about “mutual interactions.” If it’s one sided the person won’t show up there. Do the following: go to the Privacy Settings. Click “Customize Settings” and go to “Suggest Photos of Me to Friends.” Click on “Edit Settings.” See who shows up. Do an experiment. Click “Okay” ten times. Count how many times out of the ten he shows up. I believe the people who show up there are the ones viewing your pictures most often.

  • alyssa

    My ex still shows up in LSB 10, MO5 and the suggest photos to friends. Now like i said earlier i know he has stalked my pics in the past but is he still stalking me? I am curious as to how recent these are. Is he still on there because we talked in the past or does it take a week? a day? i haven’t gone on his profile in the longest time so i’m wondering how long it takes facebook to realize this.

  • Mindfucker

    Alyssa– only thing I can figure is that it’s “weighted”, like if someone else were to come along and view your page just one more time (or for a longer time?) than the ex has recently, that’ll bump the ex down. And if enough other people start to “outweigh” the ex, he might get bumped out entirely… only to reappear when either he starts checking it often enough to be one of your most frequent viewers again and/or he checks it more recently at the same time as the old LSB10 have “timed out” for not having checked you in a while (didn’t FB say this was a time period of supposedly 6 weeks? maybe?)

    So I think the possibility exists that a friend who **stays** stuck in LSB10 or MO5 could just be stuck there because no one else has yet out-clicked his/her way in. So in that case you wouldn’t necessarily know the LAST time the ex checked you out. BUT when they **suddenly appear or re-appear** after having been gone, it seems a more certain barometer that shows they have in fact just viewed you.

  • Mindfucker

    WHOA. Is all I have to say right about now.

    About an hour ago when I refreshed, my LSB10 almost totally revamped itself with different people, most of whom I don’t have hardly any interaction with. The majority of them have never even showed up on LSB10 before. Then I refreshed again and it’s back to bascially the same people it’s been for about a week. So it went from consistent regulars to almost all new LSB10 then back to consistent regulars with a few clicks. My MO5 has stayed consistent, looking pretty much the same as it’s looked for some weeks.

    ODD. Has this happened to anyone today? If you haven’t refreshed, give it a whirl. I don’t know if FB is making a change, or if it was just a random “glitch”?

    JEEZ. Weren’t some folks talking earlier in this thread about how someone from FB might be viewing this? And possibly changing some things about how FB works based on that? I am not the type to be paranoid or a conspiracy theorist (despite my username– I just mindfuck a lot about relationships!), but the timing here is pretty uncanny. I’m hoping there’s a simple and not-spooky reason. I can’t imagine that they’d go into people’s individual accounts! But they might be playing with new patterns or something in their general programming…

  • Person.

    Mindfucker, I’m so glad you said that because that exact thing happened to me too when I logged on about an hour ago. Completely weird and random people on the list who I have had little or no interaction with. Then, yup, after a few clicks the list went back to normal.

  • Tintin

    I’m going to do an ultimate test.But I wont say what it is.Because of this spooky thing which is going around here.But once I find out I will disclose the result.

  • alyssa

    The same thing happened to me too! The first time i posted on here om LSB10 was changed. However my MO% stayed the same.

  • Foxy

    @Tintin, please report back with your ultimate test results as soon as possible!

  • Tintin

    @Alyssa.My MO has also changed.
    @Foxy.Just give me a week or 2 to observe.I will be back

  • SK

    You are right on. I noticed it too, which is why I started googling to find out more. I would communicate with someone over skype and then they would start showing up in my 10 list without me clicking on them or having any fb communication with them. Then it would die off for a while and pretty much everytime we communicate in some other form than facebook, they show up again. Facebook is using an algorithm that includes several things… and funny that they aren’t telling us.

  • SK

    You are right on. I noticed it too, which is why I started googling to find out more. I would communicate with someone over gmail and then they would start showing up in my 10 list without me clicking on them or having any fb communication with them. Then it would die off for a while and pretty much everytime we communicate in some other form than facebook, they show up again. Facebook is using an algorithm that includes several things… and funny that they aren’t telling us.

  • Milly

    I noticed that to. My crush (it’s pretty complicated) was stuck on my LSB10 for the last 2 day and is on my MO5 all the time. I used to sms with him and view is profile but I stoped lately, it’s just going nowhere. Next thing I know, he sms me last night. I like to belive he’s on my LSB10 and MO5 because he’s looking at my profile, at the same time, I wish facebook was not reminding me of him all the time for me to forget that guy!I’ll just go and click on evevy other people profile and pictures until he get off my page.

  • Cher

    I have been following this blog for weeks now, with great interest, and I have read the comments many times, trying to figure this out myself, as it is driving me crazy. I would just like to add some of my observations.

    Like most of you, my LSB10 rarely changes – it shows the same 15-20 people no matter how many times I refresh or log out and back on. I believe the LSB10 are the people you are generally interacting with consistently (liking/commenting on posts, profile views, ect…you on theirs, and them on yours. I can look at the 10 and the majority of them I have had some kind of interaction with over the past week or two. The others I have not had any interaction with, but I am tagged in photos with them.

    It is the MO5 that has interested me very much as well as some of you. The 10-20 that show up every time are NOT people I have interacted with regularly. In fact, 3 of them are ex-boyfriends who I have only pm’ed once or twice, and that was awhile ago. I don’t look at their profiles (maybe once or twice when we first became friends, but that’s it); I don’t comment on their posts (in fact, two of them never post ANYTHING, so I was starting to wonder if they even use FB much). I wondered if pm’ing had something to do with the MO5, but it can’t be, because I pm lots of other people who NEVER show up there. Also showing up is my brother, who NEVER uses FB; I think he last logged in back in 2/11. I imagine he shows up in my MO5 because I have him listed as a family member?? The other one that shows up 9 times out of 10 is the guy I have a major crush on. And I “think” he feels the same about me, but it is really complicated. So that is what brought me to this blog. I NEED to know if he is looking at my profile. And I am starting to think he must be if he keeps appearing in the top 5. Now, he used to appear from time to time on my LSB10, but I stopped looking at his profile completely (got nervous) so maybe that is why. The ONLY thing we have shared on FB is 2-3 pm’s. No comments, likes, ect… nothing but the pm’s.

    Recently we had a huge event in my family, and I had posted a lot of pictures for my family to see. Many of my family members who commented on my pics are now appearing in my MO5, which tells me that perhaps the MO5 are those who are viewing your profile and looking at your pics???

    Another thing…..when I am in my photo album, guess who comes up on the right to view their albums?? My crush, and some others, but the crush comes up the most. Why? I have only glanced at his pictures a couple of times, and that was awhile ago.

    Also, when I do the search bar thing mentioned above, he comes up first each time whether I use his first or last initial, even though there are others who should be coming up before him in that list. ODD…Also, when I put his last initial, he comes up first, then 3 girls with the same letter as their first initial come up, and those are 3 people who I know have looked at my profile, because we talked about my pictures.

    So I will continue to follow this blog and the comments. I have learned a lot from you all, and this is all very interesting, confusing, and maddening at the same time! lol

  • Milly

    @ Cher: Same for me, on my MO5 I have this ex I dated many years ago. No interaction at all on facebook, AT ALL. Maybe two visits on is profile a LONG time ago (2 years) to see pictures of him, nothing else. Other ex’s or guys I believe likes me show up on my MO5 + family looking on me… some people I interact with but…. still can figure out why HE is ALWAYS in the MO5 and why my ex’s show up there. LSB10 = clearly mutual interactions and so he’s not in my LSB10, EVER. I have people I interact + visit profil a lot that never show up on the MO5. Weirdo is, I know he could still feel something for me just in the way it ended for us. He’s actually the reason why I found this blog, I was so wondering why I was seeing him in the MO5 all the time. No reason at all to be there since I just never visit him/interact.. I do believe MO5 is showing people visiting your profile and I think it also track the visit you do on your side since it could be way to obvious. If you visited this person it’s hard to know. But, the only thing I can figure out for my situation… he’s maybe visiting my profile enough to have a place(%) in the MO5. I just don’t know, it’s so the same for all of us.. can’t just be a stupid random. And I mean, even if it’s not a crush thing…we all in a way stay curious about people we loved.

  • Milly

    @ Cher: Same for me, on my MO5 I have this ex I dated many years ago. No interaction at all on facebook, AT ALL. Maybe two visits on is profile a LONG time ago (2 years) to see pictures of him, nothing else. Other ex’s or guys I believe likes me show up on my MO5 + family looking on me… some people I interact with but…. still can figure out why HE is ALWAYS in the MO5 and why my ex’s show up there. LSB10 = clearly mutual interactions and so he’s not in my LSB10, EVER. I have people I interact + visit profil a lot that never show up on the MO5. Weirdo is, I know he could still feel something for me just in the way it ended for us. He’s actually the reason why I found this blog, I was so wondering why I was seeing him in the MO5 all the time. No reason at all to be there since I just never visit him/interact.. I do believe MO5 is showing people visiting your profile and I think it also track the visit you do on your side since it could be way to obvious. If you visited this person it’s hard to know. But, the only thing I can figure out for my situation… he’s maybe visiting my profile enough to have a place(%) in the MO5. I just don’t know, it’s so the same for all of us.. can’t just be a stupid random. And I mean, even if it’s not a crush thing…we all in a way stay curious about people we loved.

  • Intrigued

    I’m intrigued about this whole facebook thing. I’ve been following this post and I have a few things to add.

    First off, I was thinking about why a dead friend of mine showed up on my LSB10. I remembered I’d searched his name in the search bar not too long ago. This got me to thinking,a bunch of my friends who show up on my LSB10 are people who I’ve searched in the search bar at least once or twice, and there aren’t that many people I’ve searched for.

    Another thing I did as a test tonight was going on my mom’s facebook and seeing if I would be able to influence my LSB10 on my page through her profile by only looking at my page through hers. Although I believe there must be at least some kind of mutual interaction I had planned to look at her page through mine to test if that is enough to influence the LSB10. Interestingly, I discovered something different. I discovered her LSB10 changes all the time, while mine has seemed to stay the same all the time. I must mention that she almost never uses facebook while I am on it often.

    Another thing I wondered is if anyone is on your lSB10 at the same time as you are on theirs…

    Alright, I am going to do some more tests.. Ill be back.

  • Tintin

    Ok here goes, The people who show up on your MO5 and ‘suggest photos of me’ are those friends who recently viewed your photos.Very much sure of this.LSB10 is a combination of everything.So its hard to say.But I beleive FB will change the setting now like it always does :)

  • Foxy

    @Tintin, they probably will. However, don’t you wish there was a legitimate option added on FB where you could see who’s viewing your Profile? FB should make this an official option in the Privacy Settings. We should have control of letting others know that we ARE looking at them and vice versa. If my crush wants to hide that he is looking at me, he could opt out of it through his Privacy Settings. Otherwise, he can let me know he IS looking via FB (if FB would gave us the option of knowing). What is wrong with us knowing when someone is looking at us? In real life WE KNOW!!! Why can’t it be the same in virtual life?

  • Foxy

    @Tintin, Btw: How did you find out? I had long suspected this, and more recently conducted various experiments using my fake profile and my real one. That’s how I confirmed it. How did you?

  • Tintin

    @Foxy: I uploaded some pics and different people started showing up on my MO5.Different from my recent interactions.At the same time, no feedback from them on the photos.So I called them and confirmed casually if they checked my new photos.And they did :)I never visit their profiles.Thats how I did.

    Coming to your question,actually I dont think so.Because,if there is an option to hide profile visits everyone will do so.For eg,in orkut it works that way.Suppose I hide my profile visits,then I can visit anyone invisible.But if I make myself invisible,I will not be able to find who visits me.So what you are thinking is you want to let him know that you are visiting him everyday without actually saying it,it may not work out if he is invisibly visiting you.generally it works like that.FB on the other hand is doing it much more smartly.Look at all of us…people are coming out with so many ideas.Its a brain storn=ming session now.

  • jados

    i just refreshed my fb page 6 times and each time, it was the same 10 people. the only difference was the order in which they appeared.

  • Geographically Undesirable

    Alright… Like a few of you, I’ve been following this blog for weeks as something in my gut prompted me to find out what the deal is with the MO5.

    Like most of you, my LSB10 is comprised of people I have recently had interactions with, mostly mutual – but at least some form of interaction. Occasionally it will throw in someone that I might have had interaction with in the past, almost like a reminder to speak with them. Let’s note that I am frequently… Um, always on FB as I’m able to communicate with friends while at my mind-numbing job.

    Now for my M05… Like some of you… There are a few people constantly showing up who surprise me. Some in good ways, 2 who are rather surprising and 1 in a pretty great way, and 1 in a sad way.

    I know my some of my M05 friends often look at my profile/wall/links/pics and not post anything. How do I know? Well they text me about it, and are my close friends, some of whom admit that they “stalk” my profile.

    Two of the people who show up I hardly have any interaction with. 1 is an old friend from high school, who I’m sure is intrigued with my “semi-fabulous life”, while I once in a blue moon click a “like” on her thing, we rarely interact. The other surprising person is a family member with whom I’m not close with, have added and have NEVER had any interaction, not a pm, not a comment, not a like. I used to look at her page because admittedly, I was fascinated by the much older man with not so young kids she was dating… Not sure why she would check out my page if my MO5 is any indication of that. Possibly because she also thinks I lead a semi-fabulous life? lol.
    I do post occasional funny things, good songs, or thought provoking information though…

    Here’s where it gets really interesting, and prompted me to look this MO5 thing up:
    1 of the guys who shows up, is recently single I think, but him and I went on a few dates years ago, maybe like 2003-ish? It didn’t work out for us then, but I know he’s always found me attractive… Well about 2 months ago he wished me Happy Birthday, and we had about 10pms total back and forth before we started texting. He was away for 6 weeks, and is now back, but just before he left we tried to meet up and it didn’t work out… Suddenly I’ve noticed him in my M05 constantly. He got back this week and we were texting heavily back and forth on Monday, wouldn’t you know it? He’s eager to – and planning on – seeing me after all these years?… It’s a good thing, he is super intelligent and pretty sexy to boot.
    Now for the sad, and who seems to be a permanent M05 fixture… As per my name, you may have guessed, it’s a crush that didn’t work out. We started up a whirlwind romance when he was in my town for about a week and his intention then, was to situate himself in my town. We kept in touch frequently when he left for 2 months until he came back again for a few days… Essentially, he then retracted his feelings for me stating that he only likes me as a friend, but I figure it’s more because we don’t live anywhere near each other. That was 5 weeks ago. I stopped visiting his page for a week, blocked him from showing up in my news feed for the last 2 weeks, and the only interaction we’ve had in 5 weeks was 1pm that I sent him 2 weeks ago stating that I might be in his area in a few weeks. (Instead of him seeing my FB status, I rather tell him, because I’m not rude.) However, he constantly shows up in my M05. Interestingly enough my Best Friend has him on her list, hasn’t been to his page in months, had one brief chat with him 2 months ago, and yet he shows up on her M05 constantly as well. I do occasionally use her wall like my personal playground and post stuff. *sigh* Just his picture alone in the hover makes my heart skip a beat. I’m a grown woman… But I feel… Pathetic. Could it really be that he glances at my profile? (Note that he doesn’t allow posts on his wall, and has NEVER interacted with me or my Best Friend publicly.)

    I’ve tested my theory out, went to some new additions and liked a bunch of things, and went through their pictures and comment, and no – they aren’t in my MO5. Neither are some people who I know are always on, and always comment on my things…
    On Friday I liked someone’s photo and commented and she came to my page and commented on my post… Within an hr she began to show up in my M05 and LSB10 (because there was a mutual and public interaction… I think while she was there, she might have clicked on other things on my profile as well?…
    My suspicion is that your MO5 has to do with the amount of “empty clicks” one gives your page (and *maybe* you give back to them… (Empty clicks = browsing/viewing/strolling/stalking, but not posting/commenting/liking.)

    I’ve decided to post my suspicion/finding because I want some of you to know that you’re not the only one… And it’s comforting to know that neither am I. While I’m kind of excited about 1 of my guys on my M05… I’m puzzled and still very much in like with the one whom I suppose, I’m geographically undesirable to.

  • Mindfucker

    Someone way back on this thread posted how it was most likely FB was purposely setting things up so that there is *just enough* evidence to draw the conclusion that we can tell who’s viewing us without making it official. And without risking all kinds of privacy legal ethical brouhaha. And that the bottom line of all this was $. I think that conclusion is absolutely right on. That way we click more often all over FB (each click = $$$) because we feel freer to do so without looking stalker-ish (even though it would seem that most of us really are, LOL) and also to keep refreshing our own pages to see our own stalkers shuffling around the LSB10 and MO5.

    It really is ingenious. And I think the genius of it goes beyond just finding the maximum way to make $. I think it’s a brilliant understanding of human nature, psychology and sociology. The perfect balance of knowing and not knowing. And actually in our best interest and frankly what makes FB so *FUN*.

    Think about it. We may here & there want to know about one or two people and if they viewed our page on a certain specific day or occasion. But do we REALLY want documented proof positive for EVERY time they look? Do we want to see that The Crush we idealize as just a little beyond our reach, is in fact reaching for his, um, mouse every 22 seconds? And for heaven’s sake, do we want other people to know we’re doing the same? Good gawd, no.

    Even though it’s sometimes REALLY tempting in the short-term to have total proof for a given instance (i.e. “that bastard isn’t out getting DQ blizzards with his niece!”, or “uh-huh. Soooo damn busy on your ‘awesome’ date that you just had to look at my photos 12 times in the last hour”, etc.) we don’t want this all the time. That would take away the fun of guessing, which is what most of the fun of human interaction really is.

  • poncherello

    Remember Friendster?? It was huge for a while years ago and also displayed who recently checked out your profile- if they had the technology 8 years ago then surely FB does as well. But FRIENDSTER went away I bet, becuase you COULD see who just checked you out…….this is why the FB peeps wont admit to this

  • Intrigued

    After doing tests on my mother’s profile, I have come to an interesting conclusion. If you search someone’s name in the search bar they will show up in the LS10 consistently.

    I discovered this by looking at some profiles over and over again through the newsfeed, looking at others through the newsfeed on my mothers profile, and staying on one page over and over again. And then, with one profile I searched for it once, and another one I searched multiple times.

    Now my mother’s LS10 is still showing 9 different people every time I switch it, and the only one who is showing up every single time is the one I searched in the search box more than once.

    (Note: my mother hasn’t logged on to facebook since January and has no recent interactions with anybody. I assume if there is no sort of interaction that the people on the LS10 stay entirely random.)

  • Intrigued

    After doing tests on my mother’s profile, I have come to an interesting conclusion. If you search someone’s name in the search bar they will show up in the LS10 consistently.

    I discovered this by looking at some profiles over and over again through the newsfeed, looking at others through the newsfeed on my mothers profile, and staying on one page over and over again, and one for over an hour at once. And then, with one profile I searched for it once, and another one I searched multiple times.

    Now my mother’s LS10 is still showing 9 different people every time I switch it, and the only one who is showing up every single time is the one I searched in the search box more than once.

    (Note: my mother hasn’t logged on to facebook since January and has no recent interactions with anybody. I assume if there is no sort of interaction that the people on the LS10 stay entirely random.)

  • Foxy

    @Intrigued, Yup! LSB10 is definitely populated by people who YOU view. If they’ve had any sort of interaction with you in the past, then they’ll show up there even faster! These are considered “mutual interactions” by FB. I figured that out a long time ago. The MO5 & “suggest photos of me to friends” in the Privacy Setting is the one that had me guessing for a while. I’m convinced it is populated by people who view my photos and/or visit my profile (including my Crush). Now the biggest question is this: How long ago? Are these the people who just recently visited my FB profile? Or are these the last who did? Again, the big factor is WHEN?

    @Tintin, I stopped visiting my crush’s page/photos/newsfeed a couple of months ago. He continues to show up on my MO5 with great regularity. He no longer shows on my LSB10 but that’s because I don’t visit him. We’ve mostly exchanges PMs, been on FB chat, and had a couple of mutual “Likes” a long time ago. Again, the question is how long does FB store this info? Is he showing up in my MO5 because he’s viewing my pics? Or is he showing up there because he did a few months ago? Call me simple, but I like all the cards on the table. I really hate guessing games. It may be fun for a while, but that wears off quickly for me. I wish I knew with certainty that he stalks me even now. And NO it wouldn’t make him look any less appealing to me in the least! On the contrary, I would be thrilled!

    @Geographically Undesirable, you and I are in a similar situation. My Crush lives about 2.5 hours away from each other. It doesn’t soun like a lot, but trust me with traffic through two major metropolitan areas, it is! Sigh!

  • R.

    I wonder if FB ppl could actually find out my IP address and then use it to find who am I on FB. Cauz since I posted my first comment here, things on my FB changed a little bit; and after I posted type “^” into friend search comment, the friend/mouseover concern on my FB has gradually developed from patterned to random.

    One thing I’m pretty firm about was my friend list and mouseover mean nothing really anymore… because there are one person who has been constantly checking my FB (posts & albums) on a daily basis (I do sometimes check his album as well, since we all love photography) has failed to show neither on the left side 10-friend list nor my mouseover-20. Even when I click my friend tab, in the grid format, this person has never shown up at the first page.

    That’s my conclusion over a few-month long period following this thread.

    Peace out!

  • Tintin

    @Foxy: Its instantaneous.Be sure.And one more thing I feel(its not just guessing,its an observation)- the people they show definitely are those who click on your profile the max no of times.for eg, i uploaded some pics,I’m sure many people view it.But it must be just some casual clicks on the previews that show on the feed.But those who take time in viewing ur albums may be shown on ur MO5.So in your case,if your crush still shows up that means he is always on ur profile.

  • nothing is random

    @poncherello who says “if [Friendster] had the technology 8 years ago then surely FB does as well.”

    This is not a question of whether FB has “the technology” or not. Speaking from the experience of having programmed a database driven website from the ground up, I can tell you and everyone else reading this, with absolute certainty, that if FB wants to they can make that list show exactly who looks at your profile within any time-frame they want.

    They could easily make it show a real-time list of who is currently viewing your profile (just like they are easily able to show a real-time list of who’s online in the chat feature), or any combination of “currently viewing” to “viewed at some time in the past.” They could also mix in any other combination of factors into their algorithm, such as “people you have messaged exactly three times in the last 7 days,” “people whose wall post you clicked ‘like” on 249 days ago” etc etc etc, you get the picture.

    Just to be whimsical and cryptic, they could have a number of “preset” algorithms that differ slightly or completely, and they could institute any one of them at will, and change which one they’re using on a moment’s notice.

    I’m not saying that they ARE doing any of those things, but what brought me to this page was the theory that the list of 10 friends on the left of my profile includes people who have done nothing else but view my profile sometime in the last 24hrs. I’ve been watching that list with curiosity for months and have pretty much come to that conclusion. There are cute girls I like that show up on that list regularly, whose profiles I have purposefully AVOIDED clicking on just to test my theory, but that I suspect may be checking me out fairly often. Sure enough, with no action on my part, meaning no messages, wall posts, “likes”, “pokes,” or anything, they continue to be in “rotation” on that list.

    Conversely, out of my 700 friends there are people that I have never seen on that list. In fact, the list seems to very limited to just a handful of people, so it is obviously not “random.”

    Think about it: “who has viewed your profile” is probably the single most requested feature on myspace and facebook that they haven’t outright given us. Clearly they’re not offering up that feature because as much as people want it, a significant percentage of people would complain about it for privacy reasons, and for many it would be a dealbreaker causing them to cancel their account. That’s not in facebook’s best interests, so what they do instead is scatter little hints of it on your profile just to keep people guessing. In some ways that’s more fun, isn’t it?

    What we should all be concerned about is how much data about who we interact with, and what we post both publicly and privately, facebook is storing in a database, what they plan to do with that data, and who they plan to share it with. Mark Zuckerberg undoubtedly has very sophisticated data visualization tools at his disposal, allowing him to view in great detail a huge web of connections. I assure you that if any of us were given a chance to see a visual representation of the data he and others in the company are able to see, our minds would be blown. In fact, we might just quit facebook then and there.

  • OMG

    woahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

    I have never doubted that MO5 solely consist of the people who are creeping on my page the most with “empty clicks”.

    About 2 weeks ago, I was doing a little experiment with the research bar. So, I chose the guy that I NEVER have interacted before ever since we became friends in 2008 and who is least likely to check on me.

    I clikced on his profile page everyday for about 3 days, looking through his pictures and wall posts. Immediately, his name has bumped up to the first one to appear when I search for his initial of first/last name.

    But, today, after about 2 weeks, He is showing up on my MO5. o_O……

    I am in awe right now. So, Mo 5 is not only the people who check on me but the other way around?

    Ever since I have found this article, I never doubted that MO5 is my top followers. But, I am not so sure anymore………..

    This really doesnt make sense for me right now.

    HOW CAN HE BE ON MY MO5? HE NEVER EVER logs in to fb!

  • OMG

    Okay, As someone have mentioned above, this is very pathetic.

    feeling emotionally swayed by such a thing. :(

  • Mindfucker

    who else’s ***Mouseover 5*** changed drastically today? My MO5 (or more accurately MO 10, including the folks attached to your name and the folks attached to your profile pic)has only a few regulars left right now (like 3 or 4 out of ten), including a woman that I have had ZERO interactions with since I first added her to FB three yrs ago and whom I doubt has any interest whatsoever in viewing my profile). I have not had any activity on FB at all, actually, in like 2 full days and certainly didn’t post anything interesting or titillating to cause all these new MO10 peeps to all of a sudden start popping up. My LSB10 is still roughly the same as it generally is and has been. So my situation from earlier this week has been reversed.

    Anyone else? Go check it if you haven’t today.

  • Mindfucker

    Update:

    MO5 is back to normal. LSB10 remains normal.

    By “normal” I mean my usual regulars that I know are regulars for a reason.

  • asdfKSK

    I would like for Facebook to NOT get rid of this.

  • Foxy

    @Tintin, I hope you are right and it’s instantaneous. If MO5 is showing me people who have viewed my page/photos/updates with “empty clicks,” I’ll be over the moon. However, after reading OMG’s last two posts I’m wondering if MO5 is also showing me the people who I used to view (i.e., my crush). As I said before, my crush continues to show up in MO5 on a regular basis (even though I stopped looking at his page, clicking on his updates, and/or viewing his pictures). However, my other MO5 people are closed friends, family members, and co-workers who I have viewed and/or continue to look at on a regular basis. Wish I knew the right answer! Sigh!

  • gel

    For me the MO5 consists of sidebar friends and the people who show up first in my search bar. And the top names that show up in the search bar are based on frequency of hits over time and my recent profile views/searches. The recent views are ranked in importance by how much time I spent looking at those profiles. So a quick glance doesn’t land someone in my search bar for more than a week but looking at someone’s album will. Given all of that, I simply assume now that my ex who I dated for two years and broke up with last year will probably be in my MO5 forever, whether or not he visits at my profile anymore.

    When I uploaded pics from a special occasion, people who I never communicate with on Facebook but liked/commented on the special photos did not show up in my MO5.

    If you’re wondering if someone in your MO5 looked at your profile or not, I would see if they show up in the top 1-2 names in your search bar when you type in their first initial. If they do, then I would assume that the MO5 is just mirroring your search bar results, and not telling you that he or she looked at your profile.

  • Mindfucker

    There might be something to the theory that at least some of the MO5 are “people you used to search a lot”. (But maybe recently have slowed down or stopped searching them.) In my MO5, there are a few regulars that definitely fit this category: I am *pretty* sure that my interest in viewing their profiles (for networking purposes and to follow certain posts they had; and one is something of a ‘romantic rival’…) would be greater than their interest in viewing mine. BUT I know they also have had similar reasons to view mine too, if not quite as much as I view theirs. And in fact I was on a big jag of checking each of their profiles almost daily a couple months ago when a certain work-related thing was going on that I wanted to keep abreast of. I would say that out of the 20-25 or so people who regularly cycle thru my MO5, about 4-5 of them are in this category. But again, it’s important to note that even these 4-5 people have a bigger reason than average to view my profile and probably have more than others, even if it hasn’t been quite as much as I view theirs. So it’s definitely mutual. And the “viewed in the past” factor comes into play… Unfortunately when you think about it like this, it does make it harder to pinpoint whether, say, an ex (a perfect contender for this exact set of variables) is looking more at you, or you more at them, and exactly when….

    I still maintain though that someone NEWLY popping up in MO5 that you know you haven’t really viewed much is a good indicator that they’ve STARTED viewing your profile a lot. But it seems like this *beginning* stage is the only one that’s got total certainty. And that only when you know you haven’t viewed them much….

  • Jean

    Oh my Gosh. I have a crush for already 2 years but I don’t view his profile much. But he always appear on my list (and sometimes on top) regularly. Does that mean he’s checking my profile? OMY I hope so LOL.

  • Milly

    @ Gel: Good analyse. They only thing I still don’t understand… someone is on my MO5 and first in my search bar but I don’t ever search or view him? Of course it’s my ex.. I like your theorie but for this particular person I just can’t understand..

  • OMG

    I definitely noticed that research bar and MO5 is closely related to each other.

    Whoever comes up the first or second place on the research bar also appears on my mouse over. As Milly have mentioned above, some of those I don’t research or view, comes up on my MO5. This doesnt make sense. It makes me to think that research bar is also related to who views me back??

    Because, the order of reserach bar frequently changes for me.

    I have been obsessing with the research bar, not the MO5 lately. It’s so interesting how it pulls up certain people for me with one single letter.

    Anyway, I still can’t stop thinking that MO5 also contains the people who I have viewed in the past. :(

    I am still in shock. I am afraind to clink on anybody at all!

  • Mindfucker

    I admit I’m a little clueless about the search bar. If I click in it, it’s a blank field with a cursor. If I type a letter, a list will pop down of people who have that letter in their names. Is the order of who pops up of some relevance, you think? I always assumed, with that, that it had simply “remembered” people you’ve searched with that name. The other thing I have seen on there is people popping up with that name who aren’t your friends but which FB knows would be in your network (because of at least one mutual friend or even your geographical location). I really hadn’t assumed it was anything more than this. But maybe I’m missing something….

  • http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2010/12/has_facebook_finally_introduced_whos_looking_at_your_profile.html#comments-open molly

    the people who come up in my friends list are both a mixture of people i talk to and those who i would perhaps liek to talk to. I have heard of the rumour that the friends shown are those who have recently been on my profile, but i have tested it out on quite a few occasions and it has shown that it isn’t like this – i have asked some people on my friends list if they have recently been on my profile and they all said no. so maybe it is just random but it definelty isn’t wasn’t facebook siad about the people being those who i have had interaction with in th past 1.5 months because i have never been on some of the peoples profiles!!!???????

  • Tintin

    LOL……….Now its showing people who have absolutely no relation with me.All 10 on mouse over.NOW ITS RANDOM.

  • Foxy

    @Tintin, I would stop sharing when it’s random, or when it’s changed drastically. Obv. FB is reading our comments in here, and I dare say they might even be able to pinpoint who we are based on our comments. Would an IP address help them located our FB accounts? IDK, but I know this. Don’t give them any more info. regarding who you might be. ;)

    One question: If you have separated FB friends in groups of people. Would LSB10, MO5, & “suggest photos of me to friends” in the Privacy Settings be showing you these people more often? I find that to be the case for me. There are a few notable exceptions. Namely, my crush and a couple of others. Thoughts?

  • mckenzie

    One of the people that always comes up on mine is my friend’s boyfriend. She’s not a close friend so I haven’t talked to him much at all. He wouldn’t even have a reason to look at my profile you know? However, I know my friend has me tagged in an album with him, so maybe it has something to do with that.

  • Doesn'tMatter

    Done a little TEST and i’ve come with 2 things
    1.facebook is reading my mind(not probably)
    2.it shows some people that viewed ur profile and some random ones.
    my test was like this: there are 2 girls that appear regularly on the friends box and coincidentally i like them, it’s was like facebook was reading my mind and it knew i have a crush on them…so i didn’t visit their profile or interacted with them on facebook 3 days in a row..and they still kept appearing among others that reappeared, the forth day i viewed 2 or 3 times one of the girls profiles that i like and another profile that also reappeared that day but with whom i didn’t interacted for months, at the beginning i wasn’t in their friends box, but after an hour or so i appeared there and i refreshed it 5 times each and i was still there.
    and another thing, noticed that family members don’t appear in the 10 person friend box

  • Avneet

    No no no no. It’s who YOU stalk on the friends list. If I were stalking Bob, he’d pop up on my friend’s list. SO people can see if they’re on your friends list and they can see if you’re stalking them or who YOU stalk so they know who YOU fancy. So I have to check my friends list to make sure my crush doesn’t pop up and I have to make sure he doesn’t know i stalk him. It’s interesting for me to see who other stalk, but i dont want others knowing who i stalk. It is a privacy issue. Thanks.

  • Dee

    I’ve done a LOT of experimenting. I’ve been conducting an “experiment” with about 12 different profiles with friends. What I’ve noticed so far is this:

    The friends you see on your sidebar and the friends your FRIENDS see on your profile are the same… if both you and an outside party were to refresh your profile about 5-10 times, it’d be the same group of people rotating through. So what you see is basically what they see, it is not personalized per person (except for maybe the exact order). For example, if a friend who had a mutual friend with you visited your page, and that mutual friend just so happened to be in rotation on your sidebar, they might show up near the top for them rather than for someone who was not a mutual friend of that person. Not 100% sure, but it seems to be the case.

    Also, FB DEFINITELY does flash people on your list who are online and viewing your profile, and yes, this is in real time. Not all of them on your top friends are viewing your profile at once, there is a mixture of who they show, but a friend who hadn’t viewed me in about 5 days viewed me this morning. Once he let me know, I started refreshing my friends list and within 3 minutes, he started popping up near the top. He’d disappear sometimes, but then pop up again with more frequency. He had not shown up there for over a week. And then the MINUTE that he views my profile, there he is.

    I will post more “findings” as I come across them.

  • fjfjfdikfmdiokdcm

    I think its the people who go on your profile the most, on my profile out of the 10 people 7 of them are my really close friends, 1 of them is the person who i like and he knows i like him.. and the last 3 just seem random?

  • PeeDee

    Someone at Facebook is definitely taking note of these observations. For example, ever since there was a mention of the names that come up in the Suggest Photos to Friends section of your privacy settings, the order of the list and who showed up has been more randomized, instead of remaining constant like it used to.

    To me, FB is balancing out showing profiles that might interest you based on both public/non-public interactions with ones that are pulled more randomly based on social “clusters,” such as where you work, went to school, friends of people you interact with most, etc. That’s why you have people you’re sure has never looked at your profile along with those who might be. They’ll keep us guessing unless an outright opt-in ability to see who viewed our profile is introduced.

  • Thomas

    I found this thread on a google search because I was curious about the “LSB10″.

    I can’t say with confidence who the LSB10 are, however I have interacted with all of them, although 2 or 3 of them were only in a tiny way (eg, “Congrats!” on a new job and I liked the post) back in April.

    However the MO5 are definitely the people whose profiles I view. They are not the people who are viewing my profile. In addition it seems that these are people whose profiles I was viewing months ago (April).

    When I was travelling in April, I used facebook a lot. When I was bored sometimes I looked at the profiles of a few very attractive girls from my friends list, all completely unknown to each other – 6 girls to be precise.

    All six girls are in my MO5. Maybe you could say that possibly one pretty girl was secretly looking at my profile (hey, I’m a great guy), maybe you could say, possibly two pretty girls were checking out my profile…, possibly even three – but six out of six?!?

    No. The MO5 is who I am looking at, even though some of the profiles in the rotation, I looked at only a few times, months ago.

    I wish it were the other way around :-)

  • Milly

    Thomas: I must remain on my position for the MO5. Some people there I never visit… I still believe it’s a mixt of their visit and mines when I do visit them. If someone show up there without me visiting their profil ever…. he must be looking to my profile enough to show up their… If not, a lot of people make no sense on my M05 regarding your observation.

  • Foxy

    @Milly & Thomas: I agree with Milly. MO5 is both.

  • snoopy

    It is such a bad user experience that we cannot control who is in our LBS10. Like when there is someone that pops up on there that you don’t want to be reminded of 10x a day. I have already blocked one classmate that the LBS10 kept showing me that I have zero contact with and don’t like and am about ready to block another. I hate being forced to see the same faces all the time, it makes me feel like these people won’t leave me alone. Facebook is getting lamer every day. No wonder so many people are using it less and less.

  • Thomas

    @Milly and Foxy: I have definitely visited each profile on my MO5 within the past few months, or have clicked on their links in my newsfeed.

    Maybe mine is unusual.

    Are you sure you haven’t visited their profile or clicked on their links (in the last 3 months, maybe more)?

  • Ursus Johansen

    The far most interesting and dynamic indicator for who is looking at my fb crap is the “hide from” menu under the status update function.

    When I type a letter in the “hide from” field an interesting list of names is dropping down. These names are different from the ones on the mouseover20 list (still there are overlaps), and the ranking and the actual names are changing from day to day- while the mouseover list is definately not.

    I have made myself a “virtual fb profile” (just in order to see how many friends this non existing “person” could get – right now “he” has around 500!). With this profile I have systematically stalked my real profile for some weeks. After around one week this profile began to appear on the “hide from” lists under “his” initials. “He” does not appear on my mouseover list LBS10 or elsewhere…

    However the “hide from” list also seems to be constructed upon other data than just who is visiting you. Some mutuality seems to be a factor too. It wasn’t before I payed the virtual profile some visits that the virtual prodile began to appear on my “hide from” list.

    I wonder if it could also be a factor that you read the same shouts. I have one fb friend who is posting a lot of funny stuff, and I normally read it all. Many of the fb friends we have in common seem to crawl up on top of my “hide from” lists even thoug I rarely or never interact with them.

  • OMG

    @Ursus Johansen : I agree with you. But, research bar and “hide from” is closely related!! Have you noticed that? Reserach bar is a little bit slower in updating the order and everything. But, They are definitely related to each other. It changes the order for me frequenlty, and make me wonder WHAT determines that. So, you didn’t click on or visited your own fake profile while conducting an experiment?

    “Hide From” list is very interesting indeed. Since it brings up the people that I have never interacted since high school. haha.

  • Ursus Johansen

    @OMG Research bar clearly shows what I have been visiting myself – and not much else. “Hide from” is very different – what I vist myself has some influence, but other factors (like who is watching my crap) seem to count more…

  • max

    explain why someone only pops up on my friends page only on the weekends?

  • http://h Moonlightshadow

    does anyboy know how the people on the friendlist ( the first 3 horizontal rows and not the list in alphabetical order) are determined? Who are the people at the top? They are always the same (about 12-18). I don’t interact with all of them.

  • Anonymous

    Max- If that person only shows up once a week or so and around the same time, that’s probably around the time that they are checking out your profile.

    With my experiment I’ve been doing with 12 friends, I’ve noticed that they don’t put the “recently online and looking at your profile” friends at the very top of your sidebar very often. I wonder if that’s on purpose. The side bar of friends tends to be a mixture of random people you havent connected with in a while and people who have looked at your profile in the last 24 hours/people you’ve had frequent public contact with. The ones that appear and disappear with each refresh seem to be the ones online at that moment checking out your profile or a status update/pictures you posted. If they keep popping up in your sidebar with each refresh AND in your M05, then it is more likely that they have looked at your profile recently, or even at that very moment.

    Trust me, I’ve been running these tests with 12 friends for weeks. I may not know the exacts, but I can say without a doubt that FB DOES have people who recently viewed your profile on your top friend list. Not all of them are, some of them never change out for whatever reason and DO seem to be random, but I can almost guarantee that the ones that change out are the people who view your profile regularly. I have so much proof it’s not even funny.

    Obviously if this was to be made public, people would change their behavior and FB would never be the same. I like knowing this information for myself, but I wouldnt want everyone else on my list knowing this. My only suggestion to the people who were curious/smart enough to come across this page: please keep it to yourself and use it to YOUR advantage. There’s a lot to be learned from FB’s secret algorithms but let’s not scream it from the rooftops.

  • Drew Murray

    I completely agree. I actually figured this out several months ago. I always noticed that the people showing up were no longer as random as before. But I started hanging out with an entirely new group of friends a few months ago, and suddenly, I noticed that only they are showing up on my profile, as well as a guy I have been talking to for the past few months. He is still checking out my profile, and the people who are always trying to keep me in check, they always appear in the list no matter what. Also, people that I KNOW have a crush on me appear from time to time, people with whom Im friends with but never interact with that is. Also, I rarely look at other peoples facebook profiles except for a few people who I check their frequently – I seem to be appearing on their lists too while not on lists of random people I never check in on.

    So, I mentioned my theory to a few people – my roommate thought it was bullshit, because her boyfriend was always appearing on mine and I mentioned it… but although he never comments on anything I post, he does mention things i do and say on facebook in conversation sometimes, so its not a coincidence that he is appearing on my page ha!!

    So the other day, my roommate, her boyfriend and a mutual friend were at dinner and the friend was talking about how he really liked this other guy but wasnt sure if the guy was straight or gay, etc. He mentioned the facebook thing, stating that the guy always appears in his friends area, and my roommate was hearing that theory for the second time, and of course I asked him if thats what he thought about friend area and he basically said word for word what i had told my roommate about how its very strange how people are selected for the area. He said he even looked it up online and LOTS of people have created sites like this one claiming these same claims.

    My theory is facebook wants to provide this service for its members who are smart enough to figure it out. So not everyone is going to understand this or figure it out. As long as they dont admit to it, its not a privacy issue, its just a conspiracy theory, but for us smart people, we get it. And for people it doesnt work for, well they are boring people who doesnt get checked out lol – or possible facebook does make it random for a few people so they can say its not that way for everyone …. OR facebook counts someone checking out your profile as a form of interaction over the past month and a half.

    Thats what I think ;)

  • Jess

    I totally agree!!!

  • Wumpus

    I don’t think it works as you’re saying (might have changed).

    You can get somebody to appear on this list by visiting THEIR profile.

    In other words, you can find out who you’re stalking, but they might have no clue that you’re doing it.

    Not particularly useful.

  • MSP

    For the last few months, I have firmly believed that I had regular FB stalkers, that is, the friends showing in my sidebar on my profile. I haven’t counted or anything, but there are around 4 or 5 people who show up in the list most days, if not, everyday. Then, there are about 4 or 5 who show up less frequently, rotating with other friends who show up around the same amount of times. A couple of people show up even less frequently and again, they rotate with other friends who show up around the same amount of times, but it’s been the same people generally nonetheless. Around three months ago, there were a few people showing up regularly who never show up now. Now, around 6 friends in the list are people I interact with or friends who I believe would be viewing my profile, although I hardly publicly interact with them. Around 3 or 4 friends in the list are people who’s profiles I don’t view nor interact with. Yet they’re in the list frequently. So I thought that the list consisted of friends who I interact with publicly and friends who are stalking me.

    However, there’s a crush of mine who I’ve publicly interacted with a couple of times recently (more so than some of the regular friends in my sidebar list) and he NEVER shows up on the list. I did find, however, after viewing his page a bunch of times over a day or two, I turned up in his sidebar. But if I don’t check his profile for a few days, I vanish. This confused me slightly.

    What’s confused me more and made me doubt the ‘friends who view my profile’ theory is that I’ve been obsessively viewing another crush’s profile over the last week, including looking through albums and I NEVER appear in his friends sidebar. I looked at his profile before that too, but not as much as I do now. He has never appeared in my sidebar either. This baffles me because I look at his profile around ten times a day. He’s also commented on my statuses around two times this week. He also commented on a a status of mine just under a month ago. We’ve private mailed each other quite a lot too. I noticed that his friends sidebar often displays a few people who’s profiles I reckon he views and perhaps vice versa.

    And another thing. When I type his initial into the search bar right after viewing his profile, he’s around the top, either first result or between that and third result. If I type his initial in having not viewed his profile for a couple of hours, he’s moved down to around 4th or 5th and is replaced by people who I haven’t looked at or interacted with that day. Usually, he ranks as third in the dropdown list, even though he is definitely the profile I view most frequently.

    One more thing, the MO5 friends. I refreshed it 50 times and the crush showed up the most, so I thought it might be people I stalk. But there is one girl who I view a lot and she didn’t show up once. Three people who I don’t interact with nor view showed up. The rest of the friends were people who I interact with quite a lot or who I’m tagged in photos with.

    It’s so confusing!

  • Anonymous

    Oh it is most definitely something to do with profile views, purely because I have analysed this for a long while now. If you are someone like myself who views barely anyone’s profile, and I don’t do this for a test or restrain myself, I just happen to be one of those that doesn’t view profiles that often. In other words, when you talk about who you have a crush on, doesn’t show up, he may actually really like you, but doesn’t view your profile much. That could be for several reasons. First reason he probably thinks you are too far away, second reason being he might think you are too good for him.

    Anyway, to get to the point, I barely view these peoples pages. A good few of them happen to be close friends I know in person. I am a member of Youtube, I update videos all the time and they are posted to my profile. You are bound to find this action will gain interest. I find that out of a large number of friends that I have on my list, a select number show frequently every day. I also analysed the friends section, the button that shows not the alphabetical list, but the one in rows. It shows again, a pattern. These people that reach the top have been the same people for a good few months that I have analysed, it doesn’t take you long to either.

    The people that show up, some may surprise me, but a few have been crushes. A good few of them do show up on the friends bar at the side and the MO5. If you analyse between that friends list and your normal sidebar friends list, you’ll see that even if you do have a big friends list, it barely changes. Create discussions, create notes, create videos and post them to Facebook, carefully study your friends list. You will notice that your friends list sometimes changes up a little. I will give you a better explanation. If you have 20 people that show on your sidebar friends list and say 10 of those don’t show as often, carefully watch them show as you make actions.

    I think Facebook cycles your list to who views the profile, but the people on it before and most often showing up, are those who view your profile more frequently. So let’s say you view someones profile 10 times a day and you have only recently just started doing that, give it a month and test to see if that makes any difference.

    It is suspicious though and sorry to let you down, but someone I know of does frequent my profile or had frequented my profile often to watch my videos, I will only say those little details, I was informed by another person that this person keeps up to date with my videos and was told to keep it up. Yet this person does not show on my list. Maybe this person avoids my profile (not out of badness) and views my channel, rather than the profile. The person also liked one of my status comments, so something does smell fishy with that.

    Someone talked about the relation between their search bar and their friends list on the side. Someone I have no clue who they are is showing and was showing second under this letter. I viewed this person’s profile a few times and then the person appeared first. But when I viewed the profile, I noticed within a day, this person was changing the profile picture, which could mean anything for all we know.

    Someone also mentioned the top 2 of each letter, I don’t think so, I have a close friend who is bound to watch my videos or channel and he showed bottom of certain letter. Although it is quite interesting what MSP mentions about how this list changes as the cycle to the top. The person that I do not know however is a mutual friend of one of my friends and if you think about it, that is not going to be some recommendation for you to add, not when this friend of yours no doubt has tons of friends on his list, it isn’t just going to randomly pick out one person from his list and this person is going to constantly stick there under that search list. That is without question got to be someone who is sniffing around your profile.

    The 3 rows on your friends list (under the link, not alphabetical) showing you a list of your friends, the first three rows, refresh that 50 times over. The first two rows stay very identical, the 3rd row switches slightly more but I reckon the 3rd row is the people who frequent your profile every ‘so often’ and the ones showing in the top two, are people viewing your profile ‘a lot’.

    I never view these peoples profiles, highly unlikely do I view them, long before I was even checking out one of my crushes, this person was showing not only top of that list, but MO5 occasionally, however never the sidebar list. There is definitely a mixture there and a few of them I barely if ever talk to. Take it from me, just because people don’t talk to you often, does not mean to say they do not like you. I barely view the profile of several crushes, I guess because I know they are viewing my profile :D

    Another thing to try out. Go to your account settings and where you would deactivate your account, you will see several pictures show up, refresh that page constantly and you will see a pattern of people who will apparently ‘miss you’ check to see if those are the same people showing top of the lists.

  • Foxy

    @Anonymous, for me the biggest indicator of who views my pictures, but not necessarily everything I post, is the place in Privacy Settings where you can enable “suggest photos of me to friends.” Go there and you’ll see 10 friends that pop up. Refresh that and you’ll also see a pattern.

  • crush smush

    As far as I can tell, the people chosen to show up around your account and profile come from two places: 1) the top names in your search bar and 2) your official “Recently Interacted” list (when you hit the “Edit Friends” button.) And then, in terms of frequency of appearance, I think it is related to how much they use Facebook. Finally, Facebook is very slow to change out your Recently Interacted and search bar in any significant manner depending on how active you are on Facebook, so a one-time interaction can make a very long-lasting impact on your friends lists and friend rows, etc, etc.

    As far as the “unexplainable” people, you have to consider the possibility that maybe you did click somebody’s profile many months ago, even if it was for like one second. That happens to me all the time. Someone else also suggested that commenting in the same update/link/photo with someone on a third profile might also be considered a mutual interaction, that is also a possibility.

    Personally, it’s fun to mess around with Facebook and all, but when it comes down to it, if your crush does actually like you, they will let you know in no uncertain terms and you wouldn’t need to be doing all this crazy Facebook guessing :)

  • Anonymous

    Interesting info Foxy, really interesting info. What I find most interesting with this theory after analysing myself the ‘Suggest photos of me to friends’ section under my Privacy settings, is that I have a LOT of friends on my list, yet only a select number no matter how many times of refreshing, seem to show up. I would say about 20 people show up.

    A number of them I have been friends with for several years over the internet, another number are those I knew from school, then another number are close friends. Let me remind people though, I do not go to most of their profiles. I sometimes interact with a few of them through their status messages.

    Is it who I have interacted with, because those are people I have of course interacted with in the recent past. Although, I would not go to the extremes. It’d be interesting to see what other people say. I am willing to bet someone will show up on this list of pictures who you may barely if ever comment on.

    You could score off random, because that is definitely not random. I will say that, there are a few I have been in contact with in recent past who do not show on that list of pictures. I think you may just be right on that Foxy, thank you for that info.

  • Foxy

    @Anonymous, you are quite welcome.

  • MSP

    @Foxy @Anonymous The list of ten friends who show up in the Suggest Photos of Me to Friends page are the same people who showed up in my MO5. I’ve refreshed it loads but there’s no exception – all the same friends.

  • Geographically Undesirable

    I’ll keep you updated about the “Suggest Photos of Me to Friends” – That option is not available to me. I’m in Canada if that makes a difference…

  • Alice

    For Me Its ALWAYS The Same 10. It Rarely Changes, And When It Does, Its Only Like One Person That Changes.
    Some People On There I Havn’t “Publically Interacted” With, Ever. Or Possibly Like A Few Years Ago.
    When I Refresh The Page, It Just Shuffles The Order, Never Actually Changes It.

  • PBnJ

    I’ve been following this page for awhile.

    I do believe that MO5 is the people who visited your profile the most overtime. Why? Well, there are some people on my facebook who would ask me certain status/pictures I posted. Yes, it goes through news feed, but here’s what’s different. I have a problem where I would post and immediately delete it because I felt it was an inappropriate post. One day, someone once asked me a post that I deleted within 5 seconds. After that post, I actually hid my wall. Let’s say this person has no gender, it. This person then told me, several times that it kept looking for my wall in search of that particular post. Ah ha! And this person does show up on MO5.

    LSB10 I, too, agree it is the last person who visited you with some amount of interaction. Back to ‘it’. ‘It’ started to appear on LSB when I added as friends, but I noticed ‘it’ moved to MO5.

    I also agree that the “this is how your page looks like” list are the people who looked at the most. I tested so many times, even with ‘it’. I kept typing ‘its’ first/last letters, ‘its name would always appear first. So I decided to go to another friend’s page with the same initial for a week, and kept refreshing at least 20x a day. Soon my friend showed up as the first one. BUT once I stopped doing that, this person became second, and ‘it’ became first again.

    I don’t do people I never met adds. But the people who shows up consistently are the ones who I talk to. My friends and I don’t hang out too often, nor do we talk too often. But those are the ones who I meet about twice a month.

    I also want to add that there are a couple of people I like and they do show up on MO5. Strange huh. But I also noticed that some of these people I sent PMs to. So this MO5 is definitely a combination of PM, and page hits. I don’t share any photos with them, nor do I have public interactions with them. I have text messages, emails with them. I highly doubt facebook checks my text messages. If they do, wow, talk about privacy issues they’re trying to follow.

    btw, I hate FB’s news feed where it automatically posts photos sometimes. I thought the whole point was about privacy?!

  • JV15

    I’ve been noticing something really weird. When I type a letter up in the search bar, and you get a list of people pop up instantly, there are some really interesting people coming up. For instance, I typed in an “r”, once. Usually, the people who come up are people whose first or last name start with r, but this time the fifth person on the list was someone who doesn’t have an r in their name at all! It is a guy who I went to college with, and someone I could see creeping on my profile.
    Also, I typed an “a”, and the last person on the list that pops up is someone who I’m not FB friends with, and neither his first nor last name starts with a. Also, he’s the guy my ex started dating after we broke up. Now, I went to his profile a couple times, but that was months ago. Why would he be showing up in my searches?

  • Devyn

    I have a friend that died April 10th (and it is July 6th) who is always on that list. So it doesn’t really make sence that its the people who have been viewing your page.

  • OMG

    @PBnJ and JV 15: I have experienced the EXACT same thing. I stalked the girl with the same initial as my crush about 2 weeks. and then the order everywhere has been finally flipped. But, after 2-3 days, He was the first one AGAIN. It just tells me there were further clicking of my profile pages done by HIM. Because, I have been away from his profile page for this matter. The research bar really fascinates me. o_O it’s very sensitive too! I observed the frequent changes within each letter.

    Hey, JV15.. I have been thinking about this stranger coming up on my research bar as 2nd and 3rd person after checking out this certain people’s page BRIEFLY in the past. After such a long observation and my own experiment, I think it’s showing those people “all of sudden” because there has been a mutual click between us? I mean, I have clicked on maybe like 2 seconds on this person who is not my friend about 3 months ago. and BOOM! it’s showing consistenly all of sudden. Her name has been faithfully coming up on my research bar as second person when i type in certain letter for over a month.

    What do you guys think? :(

  • JV15

    OMG: so I was going through all the letters of the alphabet in the search bar, and what I was seeing is that when I type in a letter and people come up that I don’t know, it’s almost always people that I’ve searched for, or whose profile I looked at before. Even if it was only once. For instance, I met someone once but only got their first name, so I went on FB and clicked on a bunch of profiles with the same name until I eventually found the right person. Some of those wrong profiles still show up on certain letters. Obviously they haven’t been looking at my profile.

    I think either it has to do with profile views, or it basically takes into account your entire history of talking to people. This might apply to the LSB10 list, as well. When I type in both my ex’s first and last initial, she is ALWAYS the first name to come up, it never wavers. I haven’t interacted with her on FB for months now, and haven’t looked at her profile at all for a few weeks. Either it’s the momentum of all our old interaction that still makes her name show up first, or it’s profile views.

    Another thing with that guy from my other post – the guy my ex is seeing who shows up randomly. His first name starts with T, so when I typed in T he came up fourth on the list. Funny thing is, my best friend’s name also starts with T, and he was only seventh on the list. The two of us don’t interact a ton on FB, but definitely more than the vast majority of my friends, so what the heck is up with that??

  • Anonymous

    It can go either way, I mean someone mentioned about those who appear in your search bar under a certain letter, perhaps maybe people who you have viewed. The thing is however, I will tell you right now, I have a friend on my list from another country, he deactivated his account for a spell and has came back on. The person who is showing up on my search bar list is mutual friends with him. I do not recall ever seeing this person. Also this person seems to mostly remain at the top of this certain letter, sometimes will end up going down into third without me viewing the profile and again shoots back up to the top. I have also seen this person change their profile picture a few times.

    The person changing their profile picture indicates they are active. Every so often if you type through all letters and check, you will see this list changes quite frequently, sometimes in different order and other times others from your list showing up.

    It is most certainly not random, if it was random, you would see many different people showing up in the search bar lists, although I think the purpose of the search bar list is supposed to be kind of like a computer’s cache. When you search web sites, those web pages are stored in cache so the browser doesn’t have to download that page again. The search will store a number of those people.

    There could be several reasons for these certain people showing up. Think about it though, why would someone you have no clue who they are show up on that list above a load of other people who you have no doubt been on their page that have that same letter.

    Remember, if everything was so random, why doesn’t the list of people change more frequently? Although to note, one person I viewed has started showing up under one of the letters, so it really could be a mix of things. I find it interesting however, when someone mentioned about mutual views, who is to say who is right or wrong?

  • alyssa

    what i’ve noticed now is this guy who i know had a crush on me and who viewed my profile a lot, deleted his account since he’s looking for a job. I haven’t been on his profile weeks before that, but now when i type in my best friend’s name who has the same letter as him, he comes up first in the search box! How is that possible if he doesn’t have an account?

  • Quoux

    AUTHOR OF THIS PLEASE READ I BELIEVE I HAVE THE CONCLUSION:

    After thoroughly studying the matter, I have concluded that the same people are NOT always on that side of my page. Instead, they are all there at certain intervals. At another interval in time, different people were there, even though one or more were from the previous list. Be indevitably, they were people who I did not interact with at all. I have accepted the fact that they are people who have viewed my profile. But they aren’t the same people from before? Therefore I have come upon this conlusion:

    They are people who viewed your profile, not the most, but the most RECENTLY at one given interval of some re-occuring system.

    That is my Answer

    I hope you agree when looking at the facts. Check my theory out for yourself.

    • Anonymous

      Yes!

    • http://C:UsersDamonDesktopindex.html FooFoo

      Great! That’s so tru!

    • gel

      Quoux, I agree with you, but I think it only applies to people you have publicly interacted with in the past, stalkers will not show up on the sidebar.

      • kava

        I agree with your theory, however to some of your replies from others, do you think it’s possible FB uses the term ‘interact’ in such a broad sense that just the mere ‘freinding’ of someone is an “interaction” of itself? I’m telling you, I have a neighbor who I friended, looked at few of her vacation photos but never commented on, yet she is ALWAYS on my 10 list! And I do mean ALWAYS. SHe is one of the regulars that never, ever leaves the list and I freinded her and looked at those pictures maybe 6-8 months ago. And there are ‘regulars’ whom I haven’t checked, talked to ,IM’d, PM’d, commented on, liked anything. It was like, ‘okay I friended you’ end of relationship…yet they too (there are 4 or 5) that never disappear. THere’s something to THEM viewing YOU, I’m almost certain of that.

  • Anonymous

    Oh I thought I would just inform you that the search bar at the top, it is most definitely page views. I have a friend from another country, commented on his photo, his own friends on his list have definitely clicked and viewed my profile and have appeared under the certain letters. Another way I can tell, I recently added someone to Facebook who I met from another site, I have noticed this person’s mutual friends all of a sudden appearing in this list. If they were recommendations, they would just show up at the right side of the page under recommendations of who you might know.

    It is easy enough to tell that from having commented on friends photo that persons friends have noticed this and viewed my profile, without question, because this foreign friend that I commented on, this friend says I’m popular (spoken about by his friends). So having seen a few of them now show up under search bar list, it is not about recommendations, I haven’t viewed their profiles, but they definitely have shown up under certain letters. Again, same applies to that other person I added, I noticed her friends were showing up on some of the letters.

    Let’s say you add someone who has 4,000 friends and like 3 out of 4,000 of his or her friends show up under those specific letters, you know it and I know it, it doesn’t just randomly recommend you 3 people from that list to show up. If it was to be a recommendation, it would be shown on the normal page under those you might know.

    So not only can you score off that it is not random, you can also score off that they show as recommendations ‘OR’ those you have viewed. Let’s face it! I see new people show up there every so often, even ones I have no clue who they are. Most of them are on my list, others most certainly not.

    Let me just say, I said something on that comment section of my friends photo, this photo had a lot of attention due to a certain personal issue. I made my comment and clearly as I can see, without viewing his friends profiles, they have without question, viewed my profile as they are coincidently showing up under one of the letters. Those I say who stay ‘CONSISTENTLY’ under those letters, are those perhaps who visit more frequently perhaps. I could be wrong, but there is definitely something about it.

    • fb

      Do you know if the order of your friends in your search bar matters? Say I type the letter A and you have 4 friends listed. Is the person on the top the person that has viewed my profile more than someone underneath them or does it not matter?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it does ‘fb’. Because some people popping up on my side bar friends list indicating they’ve no doubt just shown up on my profile are bottom of that list. Although some of them that go down the list tend to disappear for a spell, depends. :)

  • fb

    Thanks for the reply anonymous. I’ve also been seeing people that I’ve searched for a long time ago. I searched for someone about 2 months ago, clicked on their profile a couple of times, and never saw them again on my search bar. I suddenly see the person now on my search bar. It seems like a coincidence. It seems like if you search for someone a lot it will automatically show their name first but I haven’t searched for that person in a long time and they suddenly show up so I thought it was just kind of weird.

  • Kerry

    Mine is always the same 10 people. Not 15. 10. It’s just rearranged each time. 3 of which are my ex boyfriends…This makes me slightly happy:)

  • Leilani

    I keep having the same person show up in my search bar the somewhat uncomfortable thing about it is I’ve never searched for this person, we have no mutual friends that I have seen,this guy consistantly shows up at around slot 2 or 3 on the list amongst friends of mine whom I actually speak with on a regular, even more weird part about it is it comes & goes from day to day, sign in to sign in, or even week to week depending…I don’t feel it is merely random at this point. What gives? I couldn’t find any information as to why on facebook. As I’ve said I’ve never recieved a friend request or spoken at all with this person. Could it be they are always looking at my facebook which is pretty private except for my default pic & bio 411? Thanks u guy I look forward to hearing if anyone has had more luck in finding out than I have:)

  • Leilani

    I keep having the same person show up in my search bar the somewhat uncomfortable thing about it is I’ve never searched for this person, we have no mutual friends that I have seen,this guy consistantly shows up at around slot 2 or 3 on the list amongst friends of mine whom I actually speak with on a regular, even more weird part about it is it comes & goes from day to day, sign in to sign in, or even week to week depending but theyalways end up in the same position…I don’t feel it is merely random at this point. What gives? I couldn’t find any information as to why on facebook. As I’ve said I’ve never recieved a friend request or even spoken at all with this person. Could it be they are always looking at my facebook which is pretty private except for my default pic & bio 411? Thanks u guy I look forward to hearing if anyone has had more luck in finding out than I have:)

  • Jamie

    Hi all. I have not posted here in about a month (almost to the day!) and I just want to share my findings.

    Forgive me if these things I talk about have been recently mentioned, but I’ve only skimmed what’s been said. (That alone took an hour and I’ll read it later lol ;)

    Anyways, I have not looked at my crush’s profile in over 10 weeks now. No comments, likes, nothing- he’s blocked from my news feed. He has also NOT contacted me during this time, on FB. About two weeks after my last post here, my crush came off my MO5 and LSB10. So I thought, a ha! our mutual interactions have expired and he’s gone! lol

    Tonight, I check my profile, he’s on my MO5 and my LSB10! Along with all the regulars. So, I go to “Edit Friends” to see my “recently interacted friends” and sure as sh!t, he’s on there too!

    There has been nothing, I tell ya! For AT LEAST 10 weeks! Thus, I believe this is my proof that he is watching me.

    I think viewing a profile is considered to be an interaction and I’m thinking perhaps the “recently interacted” with list is made up of your most recent visitors or maybe people who visit you the most. My list hardly changes at all.

    Two other things: His photos are no longer suggested to me to view (something I’m thrilled with) and they used to be EVEN when he’s blocked from my news feed. So IDK about how FB chooses those now.

    And if someone could help me fine the “Suggest Photos to Others” I would be ever so grateful! I can’t find it in the privacy settings…

  • Anonymous

    Yes fb that is very strange, but after seeing my friends, friends showing inside the search bar, who I have never clicked on or viewed, that didn’t just happen for nothing. My friend has like WAY OVER 600 friends lol why is the one friend of his showing up in the search bar who I had no clue who that person was? But hey, I’m not complaining because this person looks :)

    Some people however have shown up in the search bar list who I have clicked on, sometimes it is not always the case though, I seen someone mention that it could be ‘mutual clicks’ like when you click on them, you might appear on theirs and they click on you. I would mess around with a secondary profile and view your own profile and just see what you come up with. My normal profile has never seen my secondary profile, so it would be interesting if I constantly viewed my own ‘main profile’ with this secondary profile. If anything shows up from that, you KNOW it is a definite profile view lol

    Kerry, if your profile shows the same 10 people all the time, they either view your profile to an extreme or that you have a very small profile friends list count. I mean my friends list isn’t exactly massive but it’s big enough to suggest there SHOULD be more people showing in this list, they never show. Only a certain group of people do and they sometimes show up on this list replaced by someone different. A number of these people showing up on that friends list, I know for a certain fact are subscribers to my YouTube channel and my videos as I say, show on my Facebook Profile. I met someone from another web site, the person added me up on Facebook as requested and there on my search bar shows evidence of her friends showing up on certain search letters.

    Leilani, when it comes to creating business, all business’s use tactics behind the scenes that you know nothing about. Take for example for business to make a profit they will buy from else where for less and sell it for more than what people think, that is how they make profit. It would be called ‘scamming’ it is like those electrical stores that would have sold PC’s for over a thousand yet, do they tell the people they could get their own PC made up for 500 less? No, that person working there is going to gain commission for his sales. In other words, Facebook more or less is a business and if they released information to the public that those are profile views, you will begin to see others become suspicious and Facebook may fear facing a reduction in numbers falling from their site because if they could lie about that, they could lie about people’s privacy. They won’t tell you a thing. Facebook is just a business like any other.

    Besides it is not like them becoming profile views are people that can see your private profile. And I have just found yet another person show up under one of the letters who is a friend of someone on my list :)

  • Anonnn

    This indeed is very intriguing. 95 percent of the time I have the same 10 people showing on my friends side bar, some of which I never view their profiles/never interact with. Also what makes it stranger is that I comment on pictures/post walls posts on my best friend’s wall daily and they do vice versa..yet this friend never appears on my friends side bar. Which leads me to the conclusion that this side bar shows the people who view your profile the most. And as for the search bar I am pretty sure if you type a random letter, for example ‘a’ that the person who comes up first is someone whose profile you have viewed alot. Facebook is just trying to be subtle about it..

  • fb

    What I find interesting is how Facebook changes the people who appear in your search bar. Within 15 mins a few or more people could be taken off the list and new ones may appear but theres always some who constantly stay on the list and I sometimes don’t know who they are so it can’t be personal interaction that keeps them on it.

  • hmm

    so i stopped looking at peoples profiles months ago aside from a few

    i now have people that i used to interact with all the time but never (at all) anymore interact on my left side bar 10 and mo5

    i do look at a few certain people’s profiles. I have noticed that their is a mix of those i view and ones i USED to interact with all the time but never do anymore in my side bar as well as mo5.

    honestly i think its just overall interaction. some of it is probably fb trying to get you to reconnect with people you used to interact with and some of it is who you view/creepers. also, i noticed people i didn’t really interact with but creeped on a couple months back are showing in my side bar.

    my mo5 is just what shows up when i sort friends by pictures rather than names and same as when i go to delete my profile the same people there show up. all these people i have interacted with at some point or creeped on in the past.

  • hmm

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    i forgot to add that of my 2 ex’s on facebook (neither of which had “in a relationship with _____” linked only one of them shows up and the other doesn’t show up anywhere.

    the ones profile that shows up in my mo5 and side bar i haven’t looked at her profile in about 3 months yet she shows up constantly on my sidebar/mo5. perhaps she is creeping me? her best friend (old coworker of mine) also shows up my sidebar/mo5. but i still interact with him occasionally.

    the other one i dated years ago before i even had a fb i haven’t been on her page in i can’t remember how long and don’t have any kind of interaction with her. and she does NOT show up in my mo5 or side bar.

    i’m more interested in who gets put up on top of your friends list when sorted by pictures. i definitely have a mix of people i’ve creeped on and those who possibly could be creeping and those i’ve interacted with recently… but it changes WAY more often than lsb10/mo5

  • Anonymous

    Interesting you mention this Anonnn because the person that showed up under one of the letters in first at the top happened to be someone I had never seen before or ever checked their profile. Along those lines however, you could partially be correct, because something changes slightly sometimes when you do view peoples profiles. Although as someone mentioned before, I think there might be a slight delay, like a day’s delay that might give off the impression it’s a profile view.

    It is very difficult to tell. Some people showing up however, I never check their profiles what so ever, so something is rather odd about that and some of those that do show up under the letters that I never check their profile, sometimes show up on my Mouse-Over 5 or even the friends list. Just like fb has rightly mentioned, these people show up, they consistently appear yet no clue as to who they maybe.

    Also to mention, I have noticed sometimes the sidebar 10 list change to a friend and noticed that this person commented on my photo’s immediately after, a very strong indication that it was profile views.

  • JV15

    Two situations:
    I’ve been checking my lsb10 several times a day for a few weeks now, and I’ve noticed something. My ex girlfriend is a somewhat regular. For awhile I had been checking, and she didn’t show up, no matter how much I refreshed. For days she wouldn’t be there. Then, I changed my profile pic and the next day – Bam! she’s there. Then, about a week went by where she was completely absent again. Then, yesterday morning I changed my profile pic again, and later that day she was back. This seems way to coincidental to just be random. The most plausible conclusion would be that whenever she sees that I changed my pic, she clicks on it to look at it, which takes her to my profile.

    Other instance is with this guy who keeps showing up on my lsb10. He’s a friend from high school that I haven’t actually talked to since high school. Not in person, and definitely not on facebook. Yet, he keeps showing up on my list of 10, and then on the home page where it shows all my online friends, he’s always near the top. He’s even above people I talk to regularly. Is this just a glitch, because he’s really not someone that I would expect to ever look at my profile?

  • Milly

    I’ve been looking at this for a while and this is my conclusion. Friends on the left (LSB10) are the person you interact with and of course your stalkers show up there sometimes. BUT, the thing is, they won’t show up there if you didn’t interact on fb publically together at least once. Because of that, the people you see on the left are rarely people you don’t care about at all, except for some random (1 of 10). In a way, it’s brilliant because both of you showed, in the past or actually, interest for each other by a public interaction. This interest being mutual and public, Facebook figure out that it’s ok to show this person on your page (there’s no privacy issues there since both of you participate publically in this relation). The frequency of time you see this person on your LSB10 is, I think, based (in part) by the profile visit/online statue etc.. but you must at least have a public interaction with this person . (Except for the random)

    On the other hand, MO5 and RESEARCH BAR (mostly the research bar in the privacy setting) are much more revealing because you see sometimes people you don’t visit or interact with at all, people who don’t seem to fit (for my situation often ex’s I really don’t follow on fb or guys I’m not interested in but I know could have a little crush on me or at least be curious about me). So because of that, I think the MO5 (who is private actually) is a MIX of the people you see on the friend list on the left (LSB10) + people looking at your profile (stalkers). The friends you see on the MO5 (the one you DON’T EVER interact with – stalkers) have good chance to be people you don’t really care about since you don’t interact with them, and so it’s no big deal, it’s just funny to know it.

    BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF YOU CRUSH SHOW UP ON THE MO5 or RESEARCH BAR?

    Let’s assume that since you have a crush on this person, big chance you viewed his profile and search them.

    IF YOU SEE HIM THERE and INTERACT PUBLICALLY on Facebook (comments, liked) impossible to know more about it because you already have a public “relation” together, the only thing Facebook his telling you is that this interest his mutual, no surprise since both of you already know that. You probably see this person on the friend list on the left sometimes (LSB10). So saying he’s stalking you is wrong because he’s maybe there because of the mix LSB10+ stalkers. = means nothing

    IF YOU SEE HIM THERE and NEVER INTERACT PUBLICALLY (just visit his profile) …Now it become more interesting because MO5 his telling you that profiles visits are mutual. But… you can’t say this person his a stalkers because you also probably did stalk him to, at least fb reveals you he’s curious enough about you to look at your page to, and so Facebook is not telling you this person is in love with you and stalking you obsessively, he’s just revealing you that your interest or curiosity for each other is mutual.

    So in conclusion, fb is actually saying the truth when saying “Facebook will never show friends based on whose profiles you choose to view or who you interact with over messages and chat”. To be on the list on the left (LSB10) real mutual interaction is the key (solo profile visit isn’t enough to be there) + some ramdom show up I don’t know why. The only place facebook could show friends based on whose profile you choose to view or interact over message and chat is the MO5 and the research bar since both are private. Does this fits for you guys? Looking at this since April…can’t figure out anything else.

  • Gøjser Mogensen

    The mouseover should really be called MO20, since it is clearly based on a list of 20 people, distributed evenly to the MO view of five each time you refresh the page.

    Moreover I have the feeling that the amount of time your friends spend on fb counts more than anything else when these various lists (the mouseover and the search list in privacy settings) are generated.

  • Milly

    Right about MO5 that should be called MO20! I don’t know why he’s called that way, I guess I’m using de popular terms ;)

  • Leilani

    Thanks Anonymous much appreciated. Generally I wouldn’t care but I had some serious issues with another guy online and I had found a link between the main problem & the other person I had mentioned in my 1st post on here..it wasn’t much of a link but it was something odd (the 2 are on each other’s myspaces sites) there’s also a few other odd occurances that happened which struck me strange with this person..very long story I’ll spare lol As far as I’ve researched there are no mutual friends of mine linked to this guy, my Facebook is partially open to the public so I’d like to think of it as coincidence but who knows at this point…but then again I really don’t believe in coincidences anyway lol Thank you very much again:)

  • fb

    I’ve been trying to figure out the search bar for a while and this is my thinking.. Basically everyone on the search bar is someone who you’ve tried searching for or clicked on. Also, it’s mutual friends. For the ones with no mutual friends, I’m still not sure about that. It could be based on your location or maybe profile views. What I still don’t understand is how facebook randomizes who shows up on the search list. Most of the time its the same people but it switches it up a lot and i’m not sure why.

  • Anonymous

    Haha I’ve been cracking up looking at some of these comments where someone’s crush keeps showing up on their profile no matter what!! xDD I am ALWAYS stalking mine =_____= and I never show up on his friends list. Whenever I type the first letter of his name,he automatically comes up. He comes up when I hover the mouse over my name a lot. But he is ALWAYS on my friends list. I’m getting REALLY paranoid. What if he sees that and makes an assumption…? D: I’m hoping it’s the other way around where the people that stalk you the most show up. There are a few people on my list that I haven’t talked to in awhile that do come up(all people that aren’t marked to have a relationship with me-family or something).
    1.An acquaintance(sp?)I don’t interact much with on fb,or anywhere other than school for that matter.
    2.Next,a good friend who’s status I commented on once,a month ago. She hasn’t posted anything on my page and vice versa.
    3.A girl who I’m good friends with,who’s statuses and pictures I like a lot.
    4.A guy friend who’s page I haven’t visited since school ended last month. Maybe even longer ago than that. We don’t interact on fb much at all.
    5.A girl who I’m really good friends with who I interact with a lot on fb.
    6.A girl I don’t interact with a lot on fb but we’re still good friends. I haven’t liked anything or commented on anything in around a month.
    7.My crush.WHO I STALK A LOT.O.O
    8.My former crush who I used to interact with a lot fb(and STALK her page),but I haven’t talked with her for a month on fb.
    9.A friend a contact a LOT on fb!!
    10.A friend I contact a bit on fb who’s statuses I like sometimes.
    So after looking at that,it seems as if the people who show up the most on the friends list,are the people you contact or have contacted a lot in a period of time,mixed in with people who you completely STALK or have stalked in the past xD,and then there’s maybe one random? It could go either way though(where the people that show up visit your page a lot). Because the people that showed up on my list are all people I’m friendly with. I don’t know. >.<

  • Joey

    After reading almost every single comment (twice), I thought I’d post what I found
    The friends list on the side consists of:

    1. People you have communicated with on Facebook recently and/or the most. So If they comment on a photo or write on your wall they will appear.

    2. The other part is made up of users who you yourself have viewed(the one’s you “stalk”). The rest are just random friends.

    I also found that there was a 2 day delay for a person that you “stalk” to appear on your page as one of the constant friends that appear again and again.
    (and by stalk i mean frequenting viewing their page &photos a lot)

    - If you go under privacy settings you can hide the friends list in the profile
    (starting to notice a lot of my friends hiding their friends lists lol)

    Hope that helped :)

  • D.W.

    Has anyone else noticed a recurring select number of friends appearing under the “Mutual Friends” list of the “Find Friends” tab? If you click Find Friends and pay attention to the names appearing under the alternating ‘Mutual Friends’ list, you will notice that it is the same handful of people (less than ten).

    I’m curious, what significance do these people have for you? Are they people you interact with heavily or people you never think twice about? For me, I interact with all but three of the names that appear.

  • mango

    What I have tested so far:

    Tested with two friends where I kept viewing their profiles for 4-5 days (I have never interacted with them on FB), each time about an hour or so. I appeared on their LSB10 after a few days later and I stayed in their list about 1-2 days before disappearing again.

  • Mindfucker

    If possible, really try and draw correlations between a person’s appearance on LSB10 or especially MO5 (if it’s a sudden appearance or re-appearance it seems a more accurate indicator) and *real-life* interactions or events. For example, a friend re-appears on MO5 after a few week absence on Monday and out of nowhere s/he calls you on Tuesday. Or you bump into some rather distant acquaintance who you think probably has a little “thing” for you at the grocery store on Wednesday and on Thursday they appear on MO5 out of nowhere. It’s pretty hard to argue with the theory that they’re viewing you when these real-life correlations occur! Especially when you see them on MO5 *before* they call you– pretty good indicator that you were on their mind, they decided to check your FB page to see what you’ve been up to and then worked up the guts to call afterwards. I suppose it could be argued that with any *phone* correlation it could be due to the fact that many of us now have “FB Mobile” or “FB for iphone”, etc (thus linking anyone’s phone directly to their FB activity) but that still wouldn’t explain why they’d show up first on MO5 and THEN call (though it might explain the reverse). And it definitely doesn’t explain the other scenario of bumping into someone in person with no phone activity and suddenly they’re on MO5.

    Definitely try to find real-life correlations if you can and pay attention to timing!

  • Mindfucker

    Wanted to give an update to my amusing “crush showing up on MO5” tale. I don’t expect anyone to remember the details I posted several weeks ago (way back up there in replies) but in a nutshell it’s been one of those typical “who cares more/who’s more aloof” contests. Summer romance, er, fling. Pretty intense, though, and again with plenty of this silly high-school type gamesmanship. Anyway it’s been very amusing to me to watch this guy keep reappearing on my MO5 precisely correlating with when he’s pulled some stunt that he obviously wants my reaction about. I can track it like on a graph, seriously, it’s so obvious. I would not make the presumption that he’s looking for a reaction were it not for the fact that he continually chases me w/o me ever initiating anything and were it not for the uncanny timing & correlation of actual events and FB.

    Anyway so the most recent thing, the actual epitome and culmination of the “who’s more aloof” contest, happened the other day. He left town. I knew he was going to all along, he is moving like 2000 miles away, but he did it sooner than expected and without a final goodbye. We’d had something of a goodbye (“just in case we don’t see each other again”) last week but he’d initiated two other nights to get together that ended up not happening because he very legitimately (and easily verified) had to work extremely late. However the second night it still could have been possible to come over and see me afterwards in the wee hours but he didn’t want to and I was upset, knowing there were only a few days afterward to possibly see each other and knowing we would both be super-busy and that it probably wouldn’t happen and knowing he knew that too and had decided it wasn’t important enough to see me. Also he’d kept me waiting all night, thinking he was coming over, and I’d planned a lovely breakfast. He offered to reschedule, said he’d call, but didn’t and moreover he said he’d be in town longer than he was. So he ended up leaving earlier than he said.

    I had to find out through his FB wall that he’d hit the road, and since I don’t check it every second, I didn’t find out til after the fact. Since then he’s been FB wall-posting almost obsessively, almost ridiculously, about every little dumb stop he’s making (not, like, the Grand Canyon, but like entering whatever county line…). So far I have ignored them all. I wouldn’t be so arrogant to assume he’s doing this solely for *my* benefit (as in: LEST I DIDN’T KNOW HE LEFT, ahem, by the first 20 posts about it)… might even otherwise presume I meant nothing to him except as a disposable fling… *except* for two things: 1) he’s suddenly all over my MO5 AND LSB10 again and 2) he “liked” a song I posted that carried a hint of me being pissed and melancholy about the end of an affair— he doesn’t do that very much and I also wondered if it was a way of saying “lookit, here I am, “liking” this, look at me, remember me? Don’t you want to click on my page and see all my posts about how I’ve hit the road?! Did you know I hit the road already, hmmm? And also I ‘like’ that I made you sad!” It’s just so over-the-top that it’s hard not to get a “thou dost protesteth too much” impression of it all. I think it’s driving him nuts that I haven’t acknowledged any of his “I’m gone” posts and for that matter that I might supposedly not even know (read: care to find out) that he left. The other thing that’s funny about it is that his first few “on the road” posts have a jillion comments from all his friends but these latest ones have only a few and they’re like: “Dude, shouldn’t you be paying more attention to driving?” LOL!!! Think I’ll keep ignoring him for a while and see how it continues to play out via FB. Serves him right. I will be sure to report back any occurences or patterns that confirm or refute any of our hypotheses here about this sort of thing.

  • OMG

    Mindfucker- I really enjoy listening to your “love story”. so interesting. and your “amusing crush” is very similar to crush of mine. I have been away from his photos, profile page and status updates almost about 2 months now. I know. I am proud of my self as well. haha. In order to solve the mystery of MO5 ,research bar and etc. because this dude is everywhere in my page.. His previous status updates frequently pop up on my fb page and his name never fails to appear on my MO5. Anyway, I did not comment on his thing, like EVER. But, he keeps on “liking” my stuff(profile picture, wall photo, and status) when I post something melancholy. I think he is also reminding me of himself. It’s really maddening. I don’t know if he’s doing it on purpose or not, but it’s clearly working! It’s driving me nuts! I actually wanna check his page!!! haha..

    I don’t know. Guys are dumb. I still get the feeling that he likes me. But, it’s going nowhere. so sad..

  • Jana

    I have a friend that I am “off and on” with and he shows up in the LSB10 and MO5 on a regular basis. We have written on each others walls, had private messages and commented on pics. Sometimes we’ll have a quiet week or two with no interaction and he still shows up. He is on vacation this week with no access to facebook and he hasn’t shown up once on either list. Weird huh.

  • Anonymous

    I have a friend that I am “off and on” with and he shows up in the LSB10 and MO5 on a regular basis. We have written on each others walls, had private messages and commented on pics. Sometimes we’ll have a quiet week or two with no interaction and he still shows up. Which made me think he was just checking out my wall. He is on vacation this week with no access to facebook and he hasn’t shown up once on either list. Weird huh.

  • Jana

    I have a friend that I am “off and on” with and he shows up in the LSB10 and MO5 on a regular basis. We have written on each others walls, had private messages and commented on pics. Sometimes we’ll have a quiet week or two with no interaction and he still shows up. Which made me think he was just checking out my wall. He is on vacation this week with no access to facebook and he hasn’t shown up once on either list. Weird huh.

  • Anonymous

    my side bar 10 list hasn’t changed in at least 2 months

    probably 2 people swapped out

  • Kava

    I’m glad I found this forum, I thought I was going crazy because my list rarely changes. I have blocked people who constantly stay on the top 10 so they fall off my radar (so to speak), and don’t ya know as soon as I ‘refreind’ them…there they are, right back on my top 10! It HAS to be people that look at YOUR profile. I specifically have picked random people on my list who are NOT on the rotating list and basically become their ‘stalker’. NOPE, nada, nothing…they don’t appear on my rotating list at all! Also, going to friend list (alpha list)and putting it in tile order-this seems to be people who view MY profile, as some of those people I haven’t had ANY interaction with at all but I’m pretty sure they look at at my profile and have me on their news feed. MO I think is people I HAVE had interaction with in the last couple of months. This is NOT a random list at all.

  • Kava

    I’m glad I found this forum, I thought I was going crazy because my list rarely changes. I have blocked people who constantly stay on the top 10 so they fall off my radar (so to speak), and don’t ya know as soon as I ‘refreind’ them…there they are, right back on my top 10! It HAS to be people that look at YOUR profile. I specifically have picked random people on my list who are NOT on the rotating list and basically become their ‘stalker’. NOPE, nada, nothing…they don’t appear on my rotating list at all! Also, going to friend list (alpha list)and putting it in tile order-this seems to be people who view MY profile, as some of those people I haven’t had ANY interaction with at all but I’m pretty sure they look at at my profile and have me on their news feed. MO I think is people I HAVE had interaction with int he last couple of months. This is NOT a random list at all.

  • joe

    i read through about half of your posts and observations and i came up with a pattern:

    1) at least 1 person on your LSB10 is the person you stalk.

    2) at least 1 person on your LSB10 is the person that stalks you.

    3) your “public interaction” is not only the likes, posts, and comments, but it also includes viewing.

    4) “viewing” not only consists of clicks, but also the time you stay on the page.

    i’ve been thinking, and i remembered how in the movie social network, mark said that facebook capitalizes on motives that are much like that of stalkers. it only makes sense that they would somehow try to make you click on people that you’re (secretly) interested in, or someone who you might possibly have a “connection”.

    what do you guys think?

  • kava

    Okay, this is a strange one: there was a girl I went to HS with. I friended her a while back(right AFTER FB changed early 2010), went thru her pics, maybe liked something or commented ONCE right after friending. She always came up on my 10list. So I blocked her. For two weeks it was nice to not see her on my list. Well I ‘refriended’ her not more than a 1/2 hour ago and guess what? Sure as cow crap, there she is, her big ole’ face plastered on my top 10! I’m sure it’ll stay there until I defriend her or die. WTF FB? It HAS to be views to MY profile (as I posted some new pics, new profile pic and a load of stat updates since blocking her). This is all good since my crush seems to pop up from time to time ;)

  • JV15

    Okay, today is my birthday, which of course means I’m going to get a wide variety of people posting on my wall. Obviously, in order to post happy birthday on my wall they have to go to my profile.
    It should be interesting to see after today what all these different people posting on my wall does to my LSB10!

  • em

    What you’ve said in your original article is definately true. Of my 15 or so friends that always pop up in my friends list on my profile, there are a few that I never publicly or privately interact with on facebook, we are not tagged in any of the same photos, we don’t message or write on walls etc, and I don’t look on their facebook pages. However I know they are frequently checking my facebook page because they always pop up in my friends list. There may well be other factors that are used to calculate who shows up in that list (e.g. public interaction, commenting on photos etc) but whether or not THEY look at YOUR page (and not the other way round) seems to be quite a big factor also. It’s weird that Facebook have not officially annouced or confirmed this… I’m absolutely certain it’s the case though. I do not get on with my bf’s family, I don’t check their fb pages ever, I don’t email them or look at their photos coz i have no interest to see what they are doing etc. However, if I put up a new album from a night out or holiday, they all start appearing in my friends list. The only explanation is that they are all having a good snoop at my page and my photos.

  • em

    What you’ve said in your original article is definately true. Of my 15 or so friends that always pop up in my friends list on my profile, there are a few that I never publicly or privately interact with on facebook, we are not tagged in any of the same photos, we don’t message or write on walls etc, and I don’t look on their facebook pages. However I know they are frequently checking my facebook page because they always pop up in my friends list. There may well be other factors that are used to calculate who shows up in that list (e.g. public interaction, commenting on photos etc) but whether or not THEY look at YOUR page (and not the other way round) seems to be quite a big factor also. It’s weird that Facebook have not officially annouced or confirmed this… I’m absolutely certain it’s the case though. I do not get on with my bf’s family, I don’t check their fb pages ever, I don’t email them or look at their photos coz i have no interest to see what they are doing etc. However, if I put up a new album from a night out or holiday, they all start appearing in my friends list. The only explanation is that they are all having a good snoop at my page and my photos.

  • Meera

    I have a strong feeling that to an extent, the list does show the people who view your profile frequently. But then again, I could be saying this to convince myself that the boy I have strong feelings for views my profile a lot because he is in the list really often. I highly doubt the list shows the people you have ‘publicly interacted’ with in the past ‘month and a half’ because a lot of the users on the list are friends with whom I have had virtually no public interaction with – no liking of the same status, commenting on each others’/common friends’ photographs/wall-posts – nothing! The list also includes some people I chat a lot with on Facebook chat but that does not count as a public interaction so I don’t think the list would include them on that basis.

    One really strange thing about my list is that it almost ALWAYS shows 2-3 friends who are from the same ‘clique’ or who hang out a lot together/are really good friends. And it’s these friends out of the list who I have minimal Facebook interaction with – public or private. It’s this observation that strengthens my belief that the list does to an extent show people who view your profile a lot because quite often (especially with girls), girls of the same gang/group tend to stalk the same people, for various reasons.

    Another thing, I uploaded photos recently and the friends who commented on some of them appeared on the list right before commenting and stayed there for a while.

    The list could show people who view your profile a lot or people who have viewed your profile recently but definitely something along those lines.

  • kava

    More information on TOP 10. There is a woman I work with who I FB friended when she joined the company 6 or so months ago. We maybe liked a couple of things or commented once or twice SIX OR 8 MONTHS AGO! When I first started noticing the NON random list I realized she was always on it. Well she broke her phone (she used it to access web) and didn’t have one for like 2 weeks. Her face dissappeared from my list. Fast foward to this past week, new phone for her and her face on my list! She came into work today and said “HI [secret nickname]“. I almost croaked. The ONLY way she could have known that name was by looking at something specific on my FB profile! So, she’s a creeper and THAT is why she is showing in my Top 10.

    Go to your friend list and hit “EDIT LIST”. Notice anyting weird about the PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW on that particular page? HMMM, me thinks those are friends of the last (or at least the last couple of people)people to access your profile. When my ex’s face is in the TOP 10, his friends always, always show up as PEOPLE I MAY KNOW, followed by the other creepers friends. Now I don’t mind these creepers per se, I just think it’s the way it is.

    My crushes’ picture showed on the list, and not 3 minutes later there was a PM from him comenting about a update I posted! THen of course it was replaced by one of the ‘regulars’. However crush does seem to pop up in MO5 alot.

    • http://ozzy@born.com ozzy ozborn

      All you people are just wishful thinking or paranoid

  • Mindfucker

    Actually, everything I said is false. It is all mere coincidence. It is obvious if you take the time of getting out of “stalker mode” and think logically about things.

  • Mindfucker

    UMMMM– this is the *real* Mindfucker. I DID NOT write the above post. Obviously whoever did is the one with real “stalker” issues. Fuck off and leave this thread alone. We are trying to figure out a phenomenon that would legitimately have anyone with half a sense of curiosity questioning. Human nature to be curious, especially about other people in a “social” context which FB certainly is. Why don’t YOU get out of “stalker mode” and find a more “logical” hobby?

  • JV15

    Okay, so my birthday was a couple days ago, and as expected I had a bunch of people post on my wall. These people ranged from those that I talk to all the time, to those who I haven’t talked to for years. I was really curious to what this would do to my Top 10. As it turns out, absolutely nothing. I think this shows that the top 10 isn’t determine by profile views ALONE. Or at least, one quick profile view and post probably isn’t enough for someone to jump right into the top 10. That’s about all I’ve surmised from that.

    Here’s something else I found out, however. For weeks now I’ve avoided going to my ex gf’s page, partly because I just don’t want to deal with that, but partly because I was interested in seeing what would happen with my top 10 if I stayed away. She is pretty much a regular on my top 10, even though we haven’t had any contact on FB for months, other than some photos we were both tagged in about two months ago. She’s not always in my top 10 though. It’s very common for a week or so to go by without her showing up. Then I’ll do something like change my profile pic, or post something interesting, and voila there she is. Usually she’d be gone in about a day again. This is without me ever looking at her profile.
    Last night I did look at it finally, a couple of times. Since then, she hasn’t left my top 10 at all. I’ll have to wait a little longer to make sure this is true, but it’s looking good. I think that we’ve had a lot of contact in the past, so that when one looks at the other’s profile, it’s enough to sort of “refresh” the relationship and get the person into the top 10. If there are mutual views, then it’s even more effective.

    Also, another person who regularly in my top 10 is my aunt who only has like 40 friends. I’ve hardly ever spoken to her on FB. She also lives in another state, and I know that she checks my profile somewhat often because when I see her she’ll remark about things I’ve posted. I’ve gone to her page a couple times, but not very much because there’s just not much to see. I think this is a case where we’ve had enough communication in the past to where profile views are enough to bump her up into my top 10.

  • cher

    Well, I have still been watching, trying to figure this all out. A couple of things I have noticed…the MO5 MUST be people who view your profile or your pictures because I just posted a bunch of pictures of a family reunion, and I got a few comments. Those that commented are showing under the MO5. BUT…I saw a cousin today, and she said she looked at my pics last night, but she didn’t comment or like or anything. Well, she shows up on my MO5 constantly (along with my “crush” and my ex-boyfriends, who also never say a word or “like” anything I do).

    I don’t know if this is a recent change or not, but I have started to see a group of ppl on the right side that are available to chat. Now I am NOT available, so I would never appear on that sidebar. I notice the list rarely changes. What I HAVE noticed is, those that are appearing as available to chat, are also the same friends who CONSTANTLY appear under my LSB10. Is this a coincidence??

    Another thing….while I was busy adding all of my photos, I kept getting “friends albums to view” on the right hand side. Everytime I uploaded another group of pics, it changed, but I noticed it pretty much was the same group of people who are always either in my LSB10 or my MO5. What about the other 300 friends I have?? I did notice my crushs’ albums kept coming up, and I have only viewed his pics once or twice. It was like FB was enticing me to look at his profile, which I am trying NOT to do. Hmmmmm.

    Whenever I enter his first OR last initial in the search bar, he ALWAYS comes up first. We have the same first initial and he came up the other day BEFORE me when I typed in that initial. Now is that because I searched for him once? Or could he be secretly looking at my profile. This is all just so baffling.

    The one thing that puzzles me about the MO5 is, a relative who died 2 months ago keeps coming up. Now obviously she isn’t looking at my profile, but I sometimes click on hers to see if anyone has sent any comments or anything. All just so strange. And it’s driving me crazy, and I basically just want to know if this guy is viewing me a lot or not! The only contact we have EVER had on FB was a couple of pm’s, and that was months ago, so I have no idea why he continues to pop up on my MO5. ?????

  • emceebang

    i have no idea whether its true or not.
    out of the ten friends that appear on my list, only like 6 of them i have interacted a lot with.
    about three friends i have like NEVER publicly OR privately interacted with or maybe just once or twice.
    but, everytime i refresh the page, ITS ALWAYS THE SAME PEOPLE.

    im so confused. i think its true, but maybe it isnt?

  • anonymous

    What wouldn’t i give right now to join the mark zuckerberg’s team or the facebook company, so that i would have access to all their secrets! :-(

  • kava

    I concur with Cher. But, here is an interesting thing that happened to me yesterday, two things actually.

    First, I have a FB page for my cat (corny I know!), the only friends she has is a couple of my family members. I have posted from my ‘regular’ FB account onto her wall a couple of times a few months ago. Yesterday I logged onto ‘Kitty’s account and viewed MY regular account and scanned through some people on my friends list (then scanned through some of THEIR friends lists also). This was two days ago. Yesterday ‘Kitty’ appeared on my top 10 list! Also on my MO5! ‘Kitty’ has stayed on there, on and off, for the last two days. Also ‘Kitty’ has appeared on my “recently intereacted” list when I go to my edit friends list. Coincidental? Me thinks NOT!

    Second: Two days ago I posted a funny status update. Right after I posted that my crush shows up on my Top10. Then, right after that I get a PM from him! Then he’s gone off the Top10, but stays on MO5. I waited a day and PM’d him back…He has stayed on my TOP10 for the last day.

    Something else to add. There is a guy at work I am friends with who I NEVER have ANY FB contact with (why would I? I see him everyday), HE is ALWAYS in my TOP10. Then at work a bunch of us got to talking about internet stalking and creepers and such. I made a comment about the funny status (it had to do with who I found to be ‘sexy’ – and projected back to the person who viewed the update). HE disappeared from my TOP10 immediatly after that. However, he has been ‘hitting’ on me since posting that update AND yesterday there he was back on my TOP10. Hmmmmmm…

  • kava

    I concur with Cher. But, here is an interesting thing that happened to me yesterday, two things actually.

    First, I have a FB page for my cat (corny I know!), the only friends she has is a couple of my family members. I have posted from my ‘regular’ FB account onto her wall a couple of times a few months ago. Yesterday I logged onto ‘Kitty’s account and viewed MY regular account and scanned through some people on my friends list (then scanned through some of THEIR friends lists also). This was two days ago. Yesterday ‘Kitty’ appeared on my top 10 list! Also on my MO5! ‘Kitty’ has stayed on there, on and off, for the last two days. Also ‘Kitty’ has appeared on my “recently intereacted” list when I go to my edit friends list. Coincidental? Me thinks NOT!

    Second: Two days ago I posted a funny status update. Right after I posted that my crush shows up on my Top10. Then, right after that I get a PM from him! Then he’s gone off the Top10, but stays on MO5. I waited a day and PM’d him back…He has stayed on my TOP10 for the last day.

    Something else to add. There is a guy at work I am friends with who I NEVER have ANY FB contact with (why would I? I see him everyday), HE is ALWAYS in my TOP10. Then at work a bunch of us got to talking about internet stalking and creepers and such. I made a comment about the funny status (it had to do with who I found to be ‘sexy’ – and projected back to the person who viewed the update). HE disappeared from my TOP10 immediatly after that. However, he has been ‘hitting’ on me since posting that update AND yesterday there he was back on my TOP10. Hmmmmmm…

  • JV15

    I know it’s been said before, but it really seems likely that the top10 is determined by profile views, but only after you have had public contact in the past. When two people who have had public contact engage in any kind of private contact – profile views, personal messages, etc. – that’s enough to get placed on one another’s top 10

  • cher

    JV15: You may be right about that, because after refreshing multiple times, I noticed that only those I have interacted with are appearing on the MO5. But some of them I had barely ANY interaction with, but still had some. For instance, one guy appears on my MO5 ALL the time – I went to HS with him, and the ONLY thing I have EVER written to him was “happy birthday” on his b-day. Now, I have wished many ppl happy birthday, and they are not on my MO5 ever. So does this guy check out my page? Now, one of the ex-boyfriends who also always comes up, I have never had any interaction with at all other than to send a friend request. Also, he rarely ever writes anything on FB (his last post was in June) so I don’t know if he is ever even on FB. Makes you wonder….

    kava: That is REALLY interesting about your cat and how you looked at your own profile through the cat’s and now the cat is coming up on your MO5!!! See, that is why I believe the MO5 are those that view YOU the most. I notice that some that are constant on the MO5 appear in my LSB10 but not all. So what does that mean?? I HAVE interacted with all of those PUBLICLY at one time or another that are in my LSB10 constantly….even if it was only clicking “like” on their post. So…..since I have never PUBLICLY interacted with my crush, and he never appears in my LSB10 (that I have seen) and ONLY on my MO5, what could that mean?

    But there are SOOOO many other friends that I have only interacted with privately once or twice (just like my crush) and none of them have EVER appeared in my MO5. :/

    OK, this is what I think……ALL of our crushes are madly in love with us and creeping our profiles constantly, and we all just want the proof, so that is why we are here obsessively trying to figure all this crap out! LOL

    But the ONLY thing that bothers me is that my deceased relative continues to appear in my MO5. Could she be viewing my things from above and trying to let me know she is still around?

  • Anonymous

    Cher, computers and internet run off databases. A server should have it’s own database, like Facebook’s server will have a database. What I’m trying to say is, when your relative sadly passed away, it keeps record of that because that was their ‘LAST’ login. It is different to someone who stops viewing your profile, because they log in daily or so. Take my friend for example, he went on vacation for a week or two, in the search bar list, he was appearing first under both letters of his first and second name. For him to appear first, it must judge by the last login. When he came back, he did start appearing on my left friends bar.

    Things are judged by how frequent a user is on Facebook, their activity, therefore, when your relative passed away, the last record of their activity was viewing your profile a lot and because that was their last activity, the Facebook Servers database recognises your relatives last activity, understand?

    If however someone was viewing your profile a lot and then started to disappear from your MO5, this would indicate that in recent activity of their login’s recorded, they haven’t been viewing as such. Remember MySpace, where it would keep track of your last login and show details? Facebook will work on the same principle. So because your relatives last active time on Facebook was viewing your profile a lot, this perhaps may explain why the relative shows on your MO5 most, or that you really only had 20 maximum people viewing your profile.

    It is definitely nothing random, I am having one girl who is friends with someone who is active with myself, her friend of recent weeks has started showing up in the search list and she is there quite often. You know how girls minds work, they see their friend talking to some guy they don’t know, then curiosity kills the cat. Look at everyone here as an example, it’s evidently clear curiosity gets the better of people and without even questioning things, it is obvious it is profile views. What interests me about that search bar at the top however, whether being top is most recent views or most frequent. If you watch that list, you may find some who remain top for a while and then gradually fall down the list and then off the search list under the specific letter. That probably shows that within a few days of their activity, they have stopped viewing your profile. I recently had someone slowly drop off mine.

    I stated above I create YouTube videos and share them on my Facebook, the people showing up on the search list at the top, they tend to be people who watch my videos, that is how I know for sure it is not random people. Those specific people have admitted in the past to watching my videos and a number of them added me to Facebook from YouTube ;)

    • LynnDark

      That explains a LOT, thank you!! *-*

  • kava

    @ cher: I find that interesting too about my deceased friend. She was appearing on my MO5 but never my Top10. About a month ago (maybe a little longer) I ‘blocked’ her because 1. I didn’t like seeing my dead friend when I did the mouseover and 2. I was running my experiment on blocking the people who show up most on my Top10 who really shouldn’t be there(i.e. people who *I* don’t contact or look at via FB). Well, like I said the one’s who I ‘unblocked’ and ‘refriended’(the one’s who have accepted my freind re-requests) have shown up on my TOP10, some have not responded to my freind re-request.

    I will ‘unblock’ my dead friend. There is NO WAY she can re-friend me because, well, she’s no longer in the worldly realm. It will be interesting to see what happens there.

    Yes “Kitty’ is STILL there. However, “Kitty” hasn’t been on my Top10 for a few days. She still ‘lingers’ around the MO5 and is most definitly still on my RECENTLY INTEREACTED list! How interesting is THAT? From MY end the only interaction I had with “Kitty” was a post on her wall two months ago and I haven’t signed onto her account since the day she started showing up on my TOP10.

    Here is another experiment I did: I made a new list. Titled it FRIENDS II and put every single one of my friends on THAT list. Now, on the profile page you only get 3 pictures of whatever list YOU created. THOSE people on THAT list definitly ARE random because old aunts and second cousins and HS people are showing up on that list. Everytime I refresh the page my TOP10 stays the same but FRIENDS II changes. Hmmmm.

  • JV15

    I talked in a post a few weeks ago about how my ex’s new boyfriend shows up when I type in both his initials into the search bar, even though we’re not FB friends and I’ve only looked at his profile a few times, and that was several months ago.
    Well, before when he showed up, it was always at the bottom of the list. Now, when I type his first initial in, he is the first person to come up – even ahead of my best friend! When I type his last initial in he is third. I have absolutely not looked at his profile in months, I haven’t even typed his name into the search bar – nothing. First, why is he even showing up at all, and second, how did he jump up so high on that list??

  • Mindfucker

    re: Kava– LOVE the “Kitty” experiment!

    re: dead folks on MO5– again, I think it’s simply an example of how someone needs to be outweighted by someone else to be bumped out. If no one else has been viewing your profile with as much frequency or overall time spent on it as the deceased, the deceased will stay there until someone else does. Just a theory, though, of course… I don’t at all discount that there is *some* amount of unexplained randomness to all this…

    re: JV15— obviously the new beau is scoping you out to see the act he’s following. Everybody does that. You can guarantee he’s doing it.

    re: update to my crush saga– he now lives many states away but is still actively “liking” all kinds of stuff on my page and still re-emerging on BOTH LSB10 and MO5 as soon as —I mean the MINUTE— I post anything new. Guess he wants to see how crestfallen I am? Or maybe he kinda misses me :) It’ll suck BAD when he starts really getting into his new life there and his presence on my FB page starts to fade away…….

  • kava

    What I would like to KNOW (although I have a theory) is when I FB someone for the 1st time, I usually get under “people you may know” their friends pictures. I get this, you friended them now FB wants to see you checking out some of THEIR friends. What I DON’T get is the fact that interspersed with my newfound FB friends are a few *regulars* who seem to have “people you may know” for me. One is my ex husband, one is a girl I work with, one is the HS stalker-girl I just re-freinded and one is my crush (yeah!). NONE of these people, with the exception of the work friend who posts a TON of pictures, I have visited their pages.Anyone have any ideas on that?

    Also on my FRIEND II list: it has started…already my crush is showing up on there, along with two of the other TOP10 ‘regulars’, I’m beginning to have my doubts about that being random also. I mean, come on, now my 15 ‘recently interacted with’ and a few of the regulars are showing on BOTH freekin’ lists? HOW RANDOM IS THAT? Do it yourself folks, you’ll see what I mean.

    And yes “KITTY” is still on my ‘recently interacted with’ list’ :) (I think it’s coz she secretly gets on FB when I”m sleeping and pokes around my page, LOL!)

  • kava

    I would also like to hear your comments on why I get events of friends (mostly the people I think creep on me)up on right corner. I am NOT invited to these events…so I don’t understand why they are popping up. Just yesterday ‘CRUSH’ and I had a few PM’s to each other (actually more like early early morning)and I posted and update via phone this morning. My guess is he was creepin on my page and that’s why his *event* (it’s a birthday party for a friend of his that I don’t know and is out of state). A while back I got one for a highschool reunion from four states over where my cousin lives and it’s his highschool! Yes, he’s a regular top 10 and I have NEVER had any interaction since last year with him. Suggestions, reasons, stalkers? creepers? Random? I think not.

  • BoomMan

    what is “MO5″??

  • Milly

    MO5 is the five people you see when you mouseover your name on your profile. Actually you see 20 friends if you refresh.

  • Tintin

    After weeks and weeks of research,I’ve found how to find who stalks you !! But I wont disclose it :P You know why :(

    • Geographically Undesirable

      Oh Tintin, you know so well that you can’t post something like that and not tell. It’s just not fair.

  • Anonymous

    @tintin you have to tell me!! would you send me an email with the answer!! I have to know!!

  • Waiting4aGirlLikeU

    Hi
    I like a girl who has a bf (a jerk). I have already told her i like her coz i think she likes me too. But she said she just wants to be “friends”. What i think is that she still likes me, but i made a mistake of waitin 2 yrs b4 telling her, and she got tired of waitin and found another. We r still friends, tho its hard 4 me.

    Now for the point. I used to initially look at her and her bf’s profile obsessively. Both came into my MO5 and were first on my search bar. I then stopped looking altogether after a few months. What i know for sure is that he NEVER visits fb.
    After few months, NOW, both r still on MO5. So i am sure, MO5 is based on both. ( as ther r other ppl who i dont visit)
    But, since the beginning, she always comes on LSB10 whenever i post something. She stays for a day or two, then disappears. We have never interacted on fb, except being tagged in a photo together. The twist is, HE HAS TILL NOW NEVER COME ON MY LSB10.
    She still remains first on my search bar, tho he has now moved to second.

    So, that proves that LSB10 exclusively consists of who view your profile.

    P.S. – I don’t know how this drama in my life will end!
    One thing is for sure… “Can you be friends with someone you love, who knows you love them”
    Yes. You can. Its very very hard. But, you can.

  • OMG

    @Trintin. could you please share that answer with me? please!! I really have to know this!! :(

  • Geographically Undesirable

    Found this from another site – It’s definition applies to my situation.

    “Quoting facebook here,
    By default, a changing selection of friends always appears under the “Friends” heading in the left column of your profile. The selection includes many friends who you publicly interact with the most. Examples of public interactions include Wall posts, comments and mutually attended events — Facebook will never show friends based on whose profiles you choose to view or who you interact with over messages and chat.
    Source(s):
    http://www.facebook.com/help/search/?q=profile+friends
    ^then click on ‘Which friends appear in the left column of my profile?’”

    But of course, I’m madly interested in the MO5/MO10…
    And I repeat, my crush shows up on my best friend’s MO5/M010 as well – yet she’s had 2 pm’s with him about me months ago. She does not view his profile – and won’t for the sake of our experiment.

  • Geographically Undesirable

    Wow, I’m such a sad human being. =/
    *insert emo moment here*

  • $m

    if you havent publicly interacted with more than 10-15 people (as far as facebook algorithms can tell) in the past month and a half…i would assume that the algorithm would just revert to holding on to interactions that were most recently picked up…
    if youre constantly worrying about who is scoping your profile and hoping theyre digging you…having not publicly interacted with more than 10-15 people in the past month and a half definitely seems feasible.

  • $m

    if you havent publicly interacted with more than 10-15 people (as far as facebook algorithms can tell) in the past month and a half…i would assume that the algorithm would just revert to holding on to interactions that were most recently picked up…
    if youre constantly worrying about who is scoping your profile and hoping theyre digging you…having not publicly interacted with more than 10-15 people in the past month and a half definitely seems feasible.

  • lalala

    What does it mean if one of my friends keeps coming up on the LSB10 on the same day every week and stayed there for 2 days before disappearing? Haven’t interact with him for 2 months

  • kava

    it means he’s diggin’ you lalala

  • Emilyyy

    That one and a half months thing is extremely UNTRUE. I have people in my FaceBook list that I have never talked to except for birthdays. Some people are people who if I’m friends with them, I haven’t talked to them for at least 2-3 months. Especially a certain group of 3 people because I only talked to one of them but that had to be several months ago. I have suspected it was who page-stalks you the most since they changed it.

  • Tintin

    Alright,I’ll disclose for those who are really dying to know the secret.But I’m sure its going to change for me after this.Anyways,here is what I’ve found.
    Go to the ‘people you may know’ section.There you’ll find some criteria to search your friends.In the ‘mutual friends’ criteria,they mention 3 people.You keep on refreshing it and tell me what you find.I’m waiting for your responses !!

    • Geographically Undesirable

      Tintin… Both myself and my best friend looked at that section…
      For us, they are some of the same people who show up in our MO5…
      Of course for me they are mostly friends who come to my page – and I know they do – I see them frequently. And there is 1 who I know is interested in me. And my crush (who, as I’ve meantioned before, we no longer contact each other for the last 2 months).

      Oh and sidenote – my crush who was showing up in my best friend’s MO5 last week, isn’t showing up today…
      We’ve uploaded some new pics, so we’ll see if that changes. ;)

  • kava

    yeah, I did that. Same couple of people comming up. I’m guessing you’re going to tell me that these are people who are viewing my profile…or I have viewed or posted on in the last xx amount of days? There is one small glitch in that a ‘fake’ profile of a fake ‘friend’ I made about six months ago and ‘unfriended’ about three months ago also popped up! How do you explain THAT?

  • Mindfucker

    Tintin–

    I tried it, and MR. CRUSH was #1 !!! The other two were regulars on my MO5. Both women, but in the case of one of them I suspect it’s the case that it’s really a guy we both know (whom I haven’t yet friended on FB) who’s viewing me thru her page, as she is one of the only real-life connections this guy has with me and I know he’s after me big time. The other woman I think is just curious about me– we don’t know each other too well but we have several things in common that the average person doesn’t, and she is in my same professional circle.

    Only problem I’m having is that I can’t seem to be able to refresh “People You May Know” at will. It’s like FB kind of randomly decides when it wants to show you that. Otherwise it randomly picks “Pokes” or “Events” to show you instead. Any way around that?

  • OMG

    I also get 4-5 same people that I have heavily interacted with lately. I have also looked at the beta version of it and I get different people. One of the girl that I have defriended about 2 months ago frequently pop up.

    Hmmmm. :( I am even more confused.

  • Tintin

    @Kava: Same thing happened to me too.Its just a glitch.Anyways,I am not saying all of them are your profile visitors.But most of the people who show on that list are those who visit you.It need not be every day.I beleive they visit every time they log on.I’m very sure of this.

  • cher

    Tintin, how are you sure of that? I tried it, and I refreshed over and over. I kept getting the same 10 people, all of whom constantly show on my MO5, but not my LSB10. And not ALL of those who come up in the MO5 came up when I kept refreshing. My deceased relative was one who also kept coming up.

    Thank you anonymous for the explanation as to why my dead relative continues to come up in my MO5. That makes a lot of sense. I am sure she viewed my profile a lot just before she died because she had liked a bunch of pictures I had put up and she was tagged in some of them.

    my “crush” continues to show up on my MO5. and it is driving me crazy. I don’t think he has been on FB for awhile (at least he hasn’t posted anything) so maybe that is why he keeps coming up – if he viewed my profile last time was on. And he continues to be #1 in the search bar when I enter his first and last initial. ????? If it were done in alphabetical order, there are MANY that should come up before him.

    I have been watching this closely for months, and I notice that the MO5 is ALWAYS the same 15-20 people. It NEVER changes. I even put up a lot of pics, and had a lot of people comment and like, and they are not in the MO5. I just wish I knew how FB chose which 15-20 people to keep on the MO5. It NEVER changes.

  • witloof

    As much as I’d like to think otherwise, I don’t think the “mutual friends” theory is correct….these are the people I stalk, and whose profiles I spend the most time on. These are not the people who stalk me…unfortunately. :(

  • Anonymous

    I am interested in finding out if the LSB10 looks the same to you on your people as it does to people who visit your profile. Do people visiting your profile see the same people in the LSB10 that you do?

    Also, when I go to edit friends, what is this “recently interacted” list have to do with anything? Could these be the people that view your profile…and what about the gridview of friends? Is this grid in any particular order of people? Oh, and the chat box! All three thingys seem to show the same, basic group of people…hmmmmm….What do you all think? Have you noticed this?

    I am really interested in finding out the secret here, and I have a lot of extra time on my hands….I made a fake account at the library at school and started getting on my real account a few times a day with the fake account using the other internet connection…However, my fake account has never showed up on my LSB10, and I have spent plenty of time on my realy account using this fake one. So I think there is more to the story than the LSB10 simply being people who view you. Any ideas?

  • Freeloader

    @Anonymous: it has been said before that the LSB10 depends on mutual views. Is your fake account showing up in your MO5?

  • cutecats

    At the moment I am just getting a bunch of random friends; I refreshed about 5 times with mainly different people each time, which is weird.

    I agree that the algorithm has something to do with profile views.

    Anyway, you can help us to figure out what the algorithm is at this link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CRQZ4LFKD

    Could be helpful.

  • cutecats

    When you finish the survey there is a small link on the right hand side that takes you to the results.

    Also, if theres anything wrong with the survey or something could be changed please let me know :)

  • kava

    @ anonymous.Tis is how i got my cats profile to show on my top10. 1, I frinded “Kitty” on my FB. Had “Kitty” request ME as a friend. 2. Made it into a real account. Invited friends and neighbors and realtives to be on “Kitty’s page (my family & friends are all aware that I am weird like that!). Then I interacted with “kitty”. I posted on her page, left comments, poked her, had her reply to my posts and all other interactions. 3. Then I BLOCKED her from my FB page for about a week or so. 4. Then I UNBLOCKED her and re-requested friend her. She accepted and then “Kitty” started viewing the hell out of my page. Left no messages, no likes, nothing, just creepin around…looking at pictures and visiting friends on my list and creeping around on their pics.

    Less than a day after “Kitty” did all this she was on my RECENTLY INTERACTED list, my MO5 list and my TOP10! She is still on my MO5 and RECENTLY INTERACTED list but not my TOP10 (the last couple of times I checked).

    @cutecats: I will check it out. thanks

  • cher

    There may just be something to the mutual friends thing that tintin posted about. I was checking last night (a little too obsessively….bored much?? lol) and the SAME 10 people kept coming up. I can confirm that at least 7 of those people are those who I KNOW check out any pictures I post (and I post a lot) because they either comment, like, or tell me in person they loved my pics. Annnnnnd, my crush continues to show in the that group even though he has never commented on anything I do. hmmmmm….

    Now I checked this morning, and there is a new person showing up rather consistently. It is someone who I know is online this morning, because she posted an update. So perhaps she too looked at my profile and my pictures if she was going through her news feed. Very interesting…..

    @Anonymous, I noticed that the 10 people showing on the right hand side (the new “available to chat” feature) are only the ones who are in my MO5 and LSB10. They are there 24’7. Which I thought was odd, because I am sure they are not on FB 24/7. So I clicked on one of them, which made ME available, and THEN it showed me who was actually online. But at that point it showed other friends who were online, not just the same 10 who always appear there. So again, FB continues to only show me certain friends for whatever reason everywhere, and I have so many more friends who are far more active than those that FB continues to show in my MO5 and LSB10.

    Guys, try what tintin said….these are NOT people who I look at EVER. I may have looked at some of their pics or profiles once or twice, and a couple of them I have never looked at their profile. So I KNOW it MUST be those who are looking at me. (or at least I hope, since Mr. Crush continues to be there, even though we don’t interact at all publicly, and have only pm’ed a few times.)

  • LynnDark

    Interesting discovery!!! :

    The experiment I did about 2 months ago (the one no-one gave a fvck about XP ): The person whose profile I’d been checking out for about 10 days, and my fake profile I’d been checking out my real profile with for the same amount of time – they both began to appear now in my MO5!! They have NEVER appeared in my MO5 before… This means it shows both the ppl you are checking out and also the ones who are checking YOU out ;) The reason I’m so happy about this is because my crush is also there, although during that period I didn’t checked out his profile, or clicked on anything he posted!! *happy dance*

    If sy else has already realized this, then srry, I didn’t read every single comment.. But hey, at least it means it really is true X3

  • OMG

    Hmm. Last night, My research bar and “recently interacted with” list has been updated. (This doesn’t happen very often!)

    Well, I realized something funny.

    Everyone on the “recently interacted with” list consist of the people who I visited recently to say Happy Birthday. o_O

    I mean EVERYONE is the people that I have wrote on the wall in the past 2 months. Isn’t it interesting?

    Has anyone else noticed the change recently?

  • gel

    My LBS10 went through some major changes overnight, there are a ton of truly seemingly random people there now, people who seriously should have zero interest in looking at my profile, I’m not even sure these people log on. The LBS10 of my crush also seems to have undergone a major change. Did this happen to you and to the LBS10 of your crush’s profile as well?

  • DW

    I noticed a change on a lot of the ‘recurring’ friends on each list. Should probably wait a week to see how it plays out. D*mn Facebook, they changed up the secret formula as we slowly closed down on it.

  • OMG

    @gel. Yes! These people on my LSB 10 and recently interacted list should have no interest in looking at my profile whatsoever. That’s why I found it funny. Because wishing them a happy birthday was like the “only” interaction we had in the past. These are VERY random. MO5 seems to be consist. I seriously started thinking that FB is reading our discussion. :(

  • Amy

    I have been following the discussion for a while. Last night the Recently Interacted list did change. I hope facebook is not looking at this page as us folks are almost close to the answer… I tried the method TinTin suggested and it’s been the same 10 people :)

  • Amy

    I have been following the discussion for a while. I tried the method TinTin suggested and it’s been the same 10 people :) Last night the Recently Interacted list did change. Looks like this is not a random incident… I hope facebook is not looking at this page as us folks are almost close to the answer…

  • DW

    I noticed a change on a lot of the ‘recurring’ friends on each list. Should probably wait a week to see how it plays out. D*mn Facebook, they changed up the secret formula as we slowly closed down on it.

  • gel

    @OMG Did those people respond to your birthday wall posts with a like or a comment? Because in my new Recently Interacted, there are people who I wrote on their wall for their birthday but they did not “like” the post or leave a comment, so the only mutual interaction that could have occurred was that they looked at my profile.

    It’s no longer clear to me whether “Recently Interacted” means mutual interactions (including profile viewing) or just our own activity.

  • ethereal

    @DW and OMG: I was getting random people on LSB 10 and MO5 for a day this week, but it has reverted back.

    Something I noticed today: I replied to a friend’s comment. When I clicked on “Top News”, several comments my crush made on his own and his friend’s posts came up. The time of comments showed he was online. When I clicked on my profile, it took me to the middle of my page, below my last two posts (normally I would have to scroll down to see it), where it indicated I commented on my friend’s post. Crush was at top of LSB 10. Clicked around some more and back to my profile. It took me to further down my page, with crush featured lower in LSB 10. Now, several hours later, none of his comments are in the top news, while items that were in top news morning still are – even items that have not received new comments in the meantime. Crush is not on LSB 10, but a friend who just commented on my latest post is in LSB 10. I think this adds to the theory that the LSB 10 rotation is based partly on whoever is online at that moment. But also maybe a way to tell in realtime when someone is on your page???

    @Mindfucker…when will these manchildren grow up? I’m glad I’m not the only one who has that drama! My former flirtbuddy is sooo similar…he’s gotten more and more clever at trying to find ways to bait me since he got a new girlfriend. I try to avoid it, cuz I just feel like I’m being played. But a freaky coincidence just led me to sorta reference something he said in a post I made, and he posted an immediate reference back. Then funny to see all his admirers make flirty comments on his post :)) I rarely click on his page much, but I do notice him in the LSB 10 and M05 more after I’ve posted something.

    Also I’m sure that people keep showing up in both the LSB10 and MO5 rotations even if they haven’t been on FB for a while, as long as no new people start frequently viewing your page.

  • crazykrush

    OMG took me two days to read the thread and now im even more confused than before…

    anyway the reason i wanna solve this mistery is ofcourse my CRUSH. i added him on fb a few months ago, i know for a fact he checked my profile pics because he posted on my wall he likes them… but things got messy IRL as he is the most popular guy at my college. he is for sure a player and im one of those im-gonna-turn-the-player-into-my-boyfriend types…. *sigh* so im stalking him obsessively. :S

    now.. he keeps reappearing in my LSB10 and my MO5, as well as among the 3 friends in the people you may know section as Tintin suggested…and of course he is the first hit in the searchbar when typing his initial. he is not in my recently interacted list though. as i check his page regularly, i know that im also in his LSB10.. not always but i keep coming back every few days. he has like 1000 friends and most of the time his LSB10 consist of chicks i suspect he has something going on with.

    another funny thing is that there is a girl in my MO5 who i have almost no contact with, but she is bestfriends with the girl i know my crush has slept with. so maybe this girl also stalks him and me as well through her friends’ profile..

    although my crush comments on my status once in a blue moon (he even shared my link once) i cant believe that he is checking my page regularly.. also, i hardly ever initiate any public interaction between us, so im really just a stalker. :(

    as much as i wanna convince myself that he stalks me back i believe its my obsessive stalking that caused him appear everywhere. and its not funny at all :(

  • Amy

    By the way, does the LSB10 appear the same for both the profile owners and for the visitors to the owner’s page (if the owner did not choose to hide the friend list)? Or does the LSB10 can appear differently for different visitors?

  • OMG

    @ethereal and gel: This new list is So weird. And Yes, they liked my “happy birthday” post and commented on it. Some of them don’t even log in to facebook. I think new “recently interacted list” shows the people that “I” have visited- my own interest. Another thing. My crush has never showed up on LSB 10 but everywhere else, including MO5 and recently interacted list, etc etc. After so much self controlling and blocking him from my news feed, I managed to not visit him for 2 months! haha. To see where this FB mystery leads me to. He has shown consistenly on the MO5 and first one to show on my research bar. But, as of yesterday, Everything is changed. He’s not the first one to come up on my research bar and he no longer is on my Recently interacted list. He also does not come up on the grid view.

    So, After not visiting him for the longest time,

    He’s off of my – Recently interacted list, research bar, and grid view of my friend list.

    But, he’s still showing on MO5 and LSB 10 (Which never happened before)

    FB has definitely tweaked its algorithm.
    I thought I was getting clear on this one. But, as of yestrday…………….:(

  • kava

    How odd that my ‘recently intereacted with’ list is also made up of ALMOST NEW people. People that I have been viewing profiles and pictures and also commented on their wall (Happy Bdays & likes). But “Kitty” is gone:( I guess she’s mad at me, lol. Anyway my crush is not on the list of interacted with, despite the fact that we have been pm each other at least once a day. Crush is, however, on my Top10 list! Yipee! But I did break down and check out his page late last night…no posts or pictures viewed, just poking around his page and checking out some of his friends.

    Also, if it is true that the people who are in the ‘people you may know’, like tintin said, then it’s pretty creepy that my bro-in-law is on there,ewwww. But it is nice to know that my exhusband is on there along with my Crush! and the few other suspected regulars.

  • HappyStalkee

    My crush usually showed up on LSB10 and MOB5. Then she and I got together. She admitted stalking my profile. We’ve stopped publicly interacting on FB, but now that I am more apprised of her movements, I know that she disappears from LSB10 whenever she hasn’t been online in like half a day or so. (MOB5 not effected). How often I view her profile doesn’t change this.

  • kava

    @tintin: under people you may know: what would you say the time frame is on this? Checked your profile within the last 4, 10, 12 hours? Last day or so? I notice it is the SAME six people, yet there are people who comment alot to me IRL(in real life) that they were checking out my page, almost daily, yet, they NEVER appear (or as of yet) on the list of 3 on ‘people you may know’ page. Why do you think this is? Also, there is one guy I KNOW is creepin’ on me, he leaves texts(I wish I NEVER gave him my #)and voice mail about posts and pics I’m tagged in. He has NEVER EVER been on Top10, nor MO5 nor People Intereacted with. Why is this?

  • Mindfucker

    A few random points/updates:

    -Have had the opportunity to check/refresh “People You May Know” many times in the last several days. Definitely the exact same peeps as MO5 (more accurately: MO10). At least until FB switches it up ;)

    -The fact that this is under *mutual friends* in “People You May Know” initially had me wondering if there was a correlation between the MO10 who show up there and the fact that you might have the most mutual friends with these people. Indeed, for many of them in my case I *do* and *would* have the most mutual friends with them. But they are not the only friends in my list that that would be true. So there are other factors. High number of possible mutual friends doesn’t fully explain why *those particular* people keep showing up there or in MO10.

    -Kava and OMG: Kava, you say “Kitty” has currently disappeared off all the usual places she’s been showing up (I’m sure she’s not mad at you– lol!), and OMG you say your crush has dropped off that radar in the last few days too. So has my Mr. Crush! Same exact thing, in the last few days, though he does still show up about every 2nd or third refresh of Mo10 and he is consistent as one of the “People You May Know” peeps about every 2nd or third refresh. He is totally missing from LSB10 and not AS much of a fixture on MO10. May just be a coincidence, but it’s interesting that this has happened to all three of us at the same time.

    -Kava– I know, it’s so gross to see people popping up that you just DON’T want to think are perving your profile, like your brother-in-law. My long-time friend’s husband is doing it to mine… or so it would appear. Oh well, I guess they’re allowed to look as long as they don’t start pm’ing you… ugh.

    -ethereal– glad I’m not alone in the “manchild” situation. The manchild in my case also has a lot of female admirers who “like” everything he says (guess this goes with the manchild/player territory). I take pleasure in being extremely judicious with what I “like” that he posts, which is not too often and I purposely make it sort of random so he never quite knows when he’ll get my li’l stamp of approval. A few weeks ago, I randomly liked a picture he posted of a train, for example. HA HA, I enjoyed imagining what *he* might be mindfucking about why I liked that one ;)

    -Speaking of “liking” my crush’s stuff, that leads me to my latest experiment. A few hours ago I “liked” a picture he posted of a city fountain. This is the first thing I’ve “liked” of his since the train pic a few weeks ago, and in between he has liked a few of my comments/statuses. I have also changed my profile pic to a very nice one in the last two days and he has also received a very flirty FB wall post from a girl which suggests she wants to go visit him where he’s moved. That is the sort of thing I’m sure he’d love to see my reaction about! That was a couple days ago, and as mentioned before, he’s not been on my LSB10 in several days. I know he’s been busy, though, having just moved to a new city and looking for work, so he might not be online very much at all. The experiment is to see how fast he shows back up on my LSB10 after I liked his photo today, since even if he’s not actively FB’ing he would still get a notification on his phone. I will report back with results– hopefully *soon*!

  • Briar

    My 2 cents, having just read through a lot of this.

    Almost every person in my MO5 (after multiple refreshings) is someone I have either been tagged with in a profile pic I’ve used, or I’ve used one of their pics as my profile pic. It’s very consistent – certain people in my MO5 I have had no other contact with apart from these pictures!

    I think it’s a mix of this, and people you have contacted recently, postings and mutual interaction.

    Any thoughts? Could someone test this out with their own profile?

  • crazykrush

    @Briar

    nope.. i only have profile pics of myself, uploaded straight from my hard drive.
    i had public contact with all of my MO5 in the past few months, so it kinda make sense to see them there.

    apart from my MUM! she is passive on facebook, the last post on her wall is from a year ago, she doesnt even have a profile pic. BUT i know for sure she is stalking me (i asked her to join facebook, because she is always worried abour me. she checks my fb so she knows im alive LOL)

    We have NO mutual interaction NO photos together –> that makes me think your stalkers can appear in your MO5
    (btw she is not listed as my family and we have different surnames)

  • Briar

    Thanks, @crazykrush!

    ARGH!! Why can’t we work this out?! Lol MO5 is showing my crush, who apart from me *occasionally* checking his profile, we have next to zero interaction (one status like, one tagged photo). Of 900+ friends, he HAPPENS to show up? Along with a bunch of people I do interact with? I’d like to think he’s checking me out… but… I don’t want to get my hopes up.

    Which suggests it’s MY actions putting him there. But some of the others there I haven’t visited at all!

    So your mum’s thing suggests it is stalkers? That’s a good way of working it out.

  • krazycrush

    i don’t know :(
    as i said before i’m sure my crush is not checking me out regularly.(he has a life, lol) but we had some interaction before.. events we both attended, likes every now and then.. so facebook might think: “hey, this girl seems to be obsessed about this guy. he also shows SOME interest. lets get them together”
    he keeps reappearing in my LSB10 and he is always in MO5 the people you may know.. (but actually the last time ive seen him in my LSB10 was a few days ago.. maybe fb really changed the algorithm?)

    i cant say much about the other people in my MO5.. they are mostly classmates. we have mutual friends, recent interaction… not really helping.

    but i’m sure about my mum. i haven’t had any interaction with her since june 2010. and she never appears in my LSB10! –> she is my silent stalker.
    what else can it be?

    i do think MO5 is a mix of your stalkers, people you stalk and people you interact with over a period (a few months probably)

  • ethereal

    The lists keep multiplying and the algorithms changing! There’s
    1) LSB10
    2) MO5/MO20
    3) Non-alphabetical/grid-view of friends
    4) Recently interacted
    5) Sidebar people you may know
    6) Mutual friends on people you may know page
    7) Who will miss you if you leave FB
    8) New chat list
    9) Searchbar
    10) Sidebar friends photos

    The chat list doesn’t change at all. Only includes 3 people I’ve chatted with and doesn’t include person I’ve chatted most with. However I have either been tagged in pictures with or sent messages to all of them.

    Searchbar: I just commented on a friend’s post. I comment on his posts once every few months and we only have one mutual friend. I put a random letter into searchbar and someone who I’ve never heard of came up first. I clicked on her page, and she is a mutual friend of the person I just posted on. I assume she saw my comment and clicked on my page. My crush comes up first for both first and last names today but he’s sometimes lower in the lists. I have not clicked on his page for a few days. A good friend who just commented on a post comes up first for her first and last name. Who comes up changes pretty quickly. *Today*, I think the algorithm is weighted toward who is looking at your page.

    Who will miss you if you leave FB is all people I am tagged with in the photos of me on my profile page. But photo tags don’t have much to do with MO5. MO5 is a pretty realistic rotation of interactions, including mutual page checking out. Would seem that there has to be public interaction too – except for one permanent fixture: I’ve only looked at her pictures – and it’s been several months. It is very slow to change the regular 20. Generally ,you and someone’s really gotta bump up interaction to get on there.

    The recently interacted list has not changed in days despite changing interactions. It must include people who are looking at your page, because I haven’t had public interactions with the person at the top in at least a month. She also happens to be a BestF of my former flirtbuddy’s GF – so reason to stalk my page.

    Sidebar People you may know and Sidebar friends’ photos rotates between those I have the most friends in common with, crush, good friends who post a lot, and a professional colleague who is both concerned about my professional activities and concerned that I am a competitor for her on-again/off-again man (we got to know one another for a work project and many people were trying to set me up with him while they were “off-again”). I think she stalks my page regularly; I look at her pictures and notes a lot. We regularly like and comment on posts and photos.

    LSB10: Also accurate on interactions, but more people in rotation than MO5. Had to have public interaction in last year, but must be mutual page/photo checking-out. Weighted toward recent page clicking – either way. But it won’t show anyone only you’re looking at. Who is online at the moment and on your page seems to factor in.

    A couple of people who are sometimes on MO5 but not LSB10: we like the same kind of news stories and I think we click on one another’s posts frequently, comment every couple of months, but I don’t look at their pages and I doubt they look at mine.

    Note: I only have a few hundred “friends” and half of them rarely use FB.

  • DW

    Something I noticed about the “Mutual friends on people you may know page”. I noticed a friend popping up with regularity on the ‘mutual friends’ list, so I deleted her. This was yesterday, yet she still remains in rotation. This seems to indicate that the cache Facebook uses does not immediately refresh the mutual friends rotation. I don’t know if this information will help anyone.

  • Mmhmm

    I’m 110% certain MO5 is the people who check and the people who check you out.
    LSB are the ones who just recently look at your profile.
    MO5 are the people who are or were on LSB.

    I tested on two people I fancy. I never check their profiles except when I first added them. They appeared constantly at LSB at first then moved to MO5. Curious about this. I picked two people who I have no interest – one that never logs in and the other who has no interest in looking at mine profile. I keep refreshing their pages and a week later they show up. One of the two who I like has “liked” my photos, the other no interactions besides occasional pm.

    I kept a list of people who I comment the most, who comments me the most, pm, likes, and the timing of the likes/comments. Timing I think is important. Why would someone always comment/like so quickly. Also the time of my own posting.

    Recently I added some people. This guy first showed up LSB. We hung out couple of times. Now he moves to mo5. I don’t look at his profile. Actually I don’t look at anyone’s, besides testing, in fear that my friends have the same suspicion. So all 3 guys had the same pattern.

    People who keep saying MO5 doesn’t change, it does. Just keep visiting others you dont have a crush on and you’ll see it change. It’s all relative though. I believe it counts most hits on your end and your stalker end. Also, some of you only test a week without visiting crush page. It’s not enough. I think there’s a lag on these mo5. Just don’t look at their profiles completely for months then you’ll know 100% who is doing what.

    -My observation over the past 5 months. I even have a spreadsheet. I’m psychotic.

  • Josh

    Sometimes I’ll find that if I have a real-life conversation with somebody I don’t really interact with on facebook, they’ll show up on my friends list the next day or two! For me this is my most convincing “evidence” for the whole ‘people stalking you’ theory. Probably all coincidence, but I still like to entertain the stalker theory, especially when a girl I like appears in my list :-P

  • kava

    What about the people that hide the fact that they are online on FB. My FB is always ‘unavailable to chat’ and it appears as if I am NOT on FB when in fact I am. Almost ALL my FB friends are the same. It is also strange that TWO of the people on my LB10 are young people I work with. They are twenty and twenty two years younger than me, yet they are ALWAYS on my LB10, MO5, People You May Know 3, People who may miss you, and the rest of the lists. Also, one of the supervisors at work made a comment to someone in another department that he hadn’t been on FB for weeks…yet his face is a fixture in ALL my lists ‘except’ for the People You May Know 3. My two kids are also on all the lists except PYMK. I know for a fact that these people are always *logged on* to FB via droid/iphone/3g phone. They NEVER log off FB. The supervisor at work is best buds with the “big boss” and he is the only supervisor to *friend* the employees in our department (other sups have declined, used the ole’ ‘can’t mix business life with real life’ line), my guess is: while technically NOT *posting* on FB he IS monitoring what “OTHER PEOPLE” are doing and posting, KWIM? He has dropped off the LB10, MO5 and but remains on Recentlyl Interacted With list, when I I posted once on his wall in December 2010 and he has NEVER posted or liked anything of mine. Also, last week I picked a cousin I know is never on FB (she doesn’t even have a profile pic and only has two pictures posted of a snowstorm where she lives)and wrote a little note on her wall (which was virtually bare). Well a few days later I get a nice post back and voila! there she is on my Recently Interacted With list. Now I know she must’ve checked out my pictures and my wall. And like I said the people I ‘stalked’ as my experiment are also on the Recently Interacted With list (there are 4 of them that I viewed their pictures like crazy with)but some of the others I ‘stalked’ are not. My guess is I showed up on their LB10 and they in turn viewed MY page and that’s how they got on there. Just a hunch. Still doesn’t explain the People You May Know 3 though. grrrrr!

  • Mindfucker

    quick, quick! Go look at your LSB10.

    Mine is, as of this moment, ALL people I have probably the LEAST contact with of all my FB friends.

    Is FB refreshing the LSB10 on some kind of schedule, maybe the 6-week timeframe they state?

    Okay, now I’m going to refresh again and see what happens. Okay, just refreshed and now it’s back to the usual suspects.

    Try the same thing and see what happens.

    Wonder why the little intermediate shuffle, though, every so often?

    This isn’t the first time this has happened, and now that I think about it, it could very well be that it was 6 weeks ago that it happened to me last… hmmm…

  • anonymous

    ill share my methods(2) since I h8 leeching

    the first method is the games/app on the left side of the newsfeed
    if u click app it shows 8 people and if u click games, it shows 10 ppl, the first 8 r the same from apps
    thus, i believe that the people from left to right, top to bottom are ppl who view ur profile
    it refreshes like once a week

    my second method is typing a letter in the search bar, then clicking see more results
    then use common sense

  • Mindfucker

    btw i just thought i’d let you all know i’m gay

  • MSP

    Arghhh arghhh arghhh! The friends sidebar has CHANGED! I guarantee you this, it changes at 1AM (Britain). Don’t believe me, check it for yourself. And it DEFINITELY has something to do with who’s viewing your profile because I have now appeared on this person who I’ve been stalking’s sidebar at 1AM. I’ve been stalking them for ages actually but I was in the sidebar the day before yesterday too. The sidebar seems to retain a few friends from the day before and update the rest. Three of the new friends to appear are people whose profiles I’ve viewed today. Three are friends who were in the sidebar yesterday (before 1AM) and I haven’t been viewing their profiles. The remaining four are friends who I haven’t viewed and who weren’t there yesterday…my top or randomly selected viewers of today I suppose. LOOK OUT FOR IT!

  • Mindfucker

    ^Above “Mindfucker” post not mine. Sigh. Again.

    Wow. Really? Some asshole must REALLY have a little crush on me or something.

    Why me, asshole, out of everyone else who posts here?

  • kava

    About a week ago an event that my crush was invited to showed up on my wall under friends events. I was curious because it was to a weddintg and I did not know any of the people EXCEPT my crush! Then after two days it was gone. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Where did it go?

    and the MO5 aslo has a MO5 over your picture? I didn’t know that until today. So, one MO5 for name and one MO5 for picture that shows up by your name?

    • Anonymous

      mmm interesting at the MO5 part
      didnt know

    • anonymous

      MO5 is same ppl as suggest tags except only a few of em
      u guys should read my method using games/app thingy i posted^

  • Bill

    Almost all the people who show up in my friend box are friends who use their cell phones to go on Facebook. Has anybody else noticed this?

    • Anonymous

      just u

  • kava

    @bill: everyone of my Recently Interacted With uses a 3g/ipod/droid…hmmmm. Everyone but two people currently on my LB10 use phones too…hmmm…I guess FB only wants us to be friends with people who are ‘hip’ to new technology, lol.

    • hijoihk

      well most of my friends have phones

  • tintin

    I dont find any special significance about the side bar people.They are just mutual interactions.Even some people with whom I interact just for games also show up.None of them are those that I visit.Also,I never show up in the side bars of people I visit.It has been like this for many months.But MO5 and the other ‘mutual friend’ thing I mentioned above is kind of mystery.Somehow I also doubt if the MO5 are those who come online,not necessarily they look at your profile.

  • MSP

    Top friends or sidebar friends even, have changed in the last week, like I said. Read my previous comment folks.

  • stumped

    You are totally right- the leftside friends have changed. For the last few days, they change at 8pm (EST). The usual suspects are still showing, but there is no change at all throughout the day anymore, until the entire list changes at 8pm. Weird.

    I have been following this for a while, and I’m pretty stumped. The phone thing is not right, because I actually do have a few friends w/o smartphones who show up in my left bar and mouse-overs.

    I think the leftside bar has to be a combination of factors- def based on some sort of mutual interaction though, no matter how small. I have two people who show up often in my 10 friends, and I don’t talk to either on FB or off. But, we have a lot of mutual friends and we’re tagged in lots of pics together. I was thinking a little bit harder about this & realized that both of them are tagged in quite a few pics with JUST me- I wonder if that matters.

    One thing that always gets me is that often a person who has passed away or who I know doesn’t use FB ever/often shows up. Why? I am wondering now…. maybe FB picks a few people who have recently looked at your profile, a few whose profiles you have looked at, and every now and then throws in someone who you used to interact with a lot but haven’t lately??

    The Mouseover 5 seems, at least in my case, to be people who I’ve clicked on a lot lately…. but there’s really no way to know they haven’t been viewing me, too – they’re not random.

  • DW

    @Stumped: I read a possible explanation from a guy who writers computer code. He said a possible explanation for a deceased relative showing up long after on LSB10 MO5 is because Facebook has their last (month and a half?) recorded activity stored in cache. So even though they haven’t been online in a while, the Facebook servers are turning up the activity they have on hand.

    I don’t know if that’s true or just another conspiracy theory.

  • Geographically Undesirable

    My findings…

    My LS10 are the people I’ve interacted with mutually in the last few months publicly. This is something that has not changed for me at all. Remains the same. (Crush does not show up here since we do not have any interaction at all – public or private.)

    My “People You May Know” – “Mutual Friend” section has some of the same people consistent with my MO5/MO10. (Crush shows up here, even when I stopped looking at his profile for weeks.)

    My M05/M010 had a few changes in the last week – added 3 new people in its rotation and dropped 3. 1 of the additions, I rarely look at her profile. 1 of the drops I have NEVER interacted with publicly or privately…
    Stopped viewing my crush for weeks, only started recently occasionally clicking on his profile… Still shows up in my MO5/MO10 as he has always been.
    As of the weekend – Crush no longer shows up in my Best Friend’s MO5/MO10 as he was.

    Been stalking my regular profile with my alias… My alias does not show up anywhere – buuut… FB is now asking me to “suggest friends” to her occasionally in the “ad space” to the right. I have clicked on my Alias’s profile twice with my regular profile.

  • Anonymous

    IDK. One of the people who keeps on making my friend’s list has been dead for about three months now.

  • wertw

    new method
    if u keep pressing C+W to close all tabs, and open a new browser with FB
    5 people show up on top of the screen
    Theyre the same if I keep doing it and theyre from my MO5 and suggest tags
    coincidence?

  • cher

    I am now almost 100% confident that MO5/10 are those who view your profile. I had stated previously that last weekend a new friend had come up on my MO5 who had not been there before. She only comes on FB occasionally. Well, she appeared there last weekend just after I saw a post of hers on my feed, and since I had just posted pics, I assumed she had looked at them. She stayed on the MO5 for a few days, and now she is gone.

    Here is why I am almost 100%: I belong to this site – it is a forum. I am really close to a lot of the people on there, and a bunch of us are all friends on FB, but we never really communicate on FB because we always “chat” on the other site. Well, I haven’t been on that other site in awhile, because I have been too busy (and spending all my free time trying to figure this MO5 thing out! lol). Well one of them sent me a pm at FB telling me that another had posted a thread on our other site asking where I am and if I am ok. 3-4 of the other friends on that site that are on my FB all replied to her that I am on FB and post there alot.

    Well, wouldn’t you know that all 5 of them are now popping up in my MO5, and they have never been one of the MO5 before??? Which tells me that they are concerned about me, so they all checked out my FB profile to see if I was ok and when I last posted, what I was up to, ect. I haven’t replied back yet at that site, because I want to see how long they stay in my MO5. If they clicked on my profile, and saw I was alive, and don’t click on it again, they should drop off, no?

    Also, I still do see my dead relative on the MO5. I do agree now that FB remembers where they last visited and that is why they continue to appear there. Which explains why my brother is ALWAYS on my MO5, even though he is NEVER on FB, and I just found out my crush hasn’t been on FB in weeks, and now he is back. Well, he was on my MO5 those weeks he was gone CONSTANTLY. When he came back on he dropped off a little, but now he is back on there all the time. *smile*
    He is also still the first to appear in search bar for first and last initial, and he continues to appear as one of about 7 people on the people you may know 3 (PYMK3…lol)

    I have been trying something. I have been clicking on someone’s profile a LOT (and it has to be someone who comes on FB regularly). I have been waiting for them to appear in my LSB10 or MO5, and they have not. Sooooooooo, I am assuming at this point, that the MO5 is NOT who YOU view, but who is viewing you. (or those who are hardly ever on, and may have viewed you the last time they were on.)

  • Jane

    Yeah, I think LSB10 hasn’t been updated in a while. Maybe there is some truth in facebook’s claim that that list is only updated every month and a half. There’s someone I stalk, and when I type the first initial of his name in the search bar, it’s his old profile picture along with his name that keeps coming up. It hasn’t been refreshed or updated yet, and he changed it over a month ago. He regularly shows up in my LSB10, but I think it’s because he used to look at my profile, but has no reason to anymore…

  • DW

    @Cher Try clicking on his friends list, browsing through his friends list, click on any interests he has under movies, etc. I did this on a fake profile to my real one and I did eventually get it to work. Took a couple days, though.

  • kava

    So I defriended “Kitty” a couple of days ago and she dropped off my MO 5/10 and my LB10. Buuuttt…when I went to ‘deactivate your account’ she showed as on of the people who would miss me! I also went to ‘friendship’ and typed in my name with everysingle person who shows up on MO5/10 or LB10 or Recently Interacted with.I DID have some contact with 80% of those people, even if it was just a Happy Birthday post, within the last month. The other 20% I have either has NO contact with or last contact was well over a year ago.

    An old BF of my started to show on MO5/10 about two days ago…yesterday He was on the LB10 for about 10 minutes. I logged out of FB for about six hours and when I logged back on he was NOT on LB10…however, he is now a regular on my “chat bar” to the right. I don’t logon chat but keep it up to see how it changes (and to make sure my ‘crush’ stays on there too, lol!). There are people on the Recently interacted list who drop of chat list yet stay on Recently Intereacted With list(my crush is on my chat list but not Recently Interacted with list)

    Crush also shows up occasionally on LB10, but is a regular on MO5/10 and PYMK3.

    My exH is also a regular on MO5/10 and PYMK3 and the deactivate/recommend tagging but has not appeared on LB10 or Chat list for a wile. Yesterday by accident I clicked on his profile (YIKES!), so it will be interesting to see if he shows up anywhere else.

  • Foxy

    I’ve got a LOT of catching up to do on this thread! OY!

    Off Topic: Does anyone have a strong opinion about the new chat window?

  • qewgtwe

    5 people show up on Make Facebook Your Homepage
    Drag this image up to your home button to get faster access to friends with fewer clicks. →

  • Anonymous

    There is a person with whom I have only two mutual friends. she is a “friend of a friend”.. but as soon as i put the letter of her first name, she is the the first person who pops up rather than all my own fb friends whose name start with that letter.
    This happens most of the time though and not always.
    i have had no contact with this person and i know the search bar orders the people according to whose profile I have viewed… does it also work the other way around?

  • cher

    This new thing they put at the top – the thing qewgtwe is talking about – very interesting. It doesn’t pop up every time I refresh, but if you have any apps on the side (like astrology or status apps) click on one of those, and then when you click “home” at the top you will see a link to make facebook your home page. They show you 5 friends there. And guess WHO is first every single time I do this??? The crush! Now what is that about?? It shows the same 5 people every single time – never changes. For me it shows those who I KNOW have looked at my profile (the other 4 are good friends who I communicate with regularly so I know they go on my profile and look at my pics, ect). So MY guess is that since crush is #1 that he too looks at my profile. :)

    Anonymous I too have noticed a few people that pop up when I put their initial in the search bar, and it isn’t someone I talk to regularly, I don’t look at their profiles, and it may not even be a letter that is in their name!! There is one who has her city listed, and when I type the first letter of her city (which is not in her name at all) she comes up. That is very odd to me.

    If you type in every single letter of the alphabet, you will see who comes up for each letter. What is interesting is, the ones that come up first are those who are also in my LSB10, MO5, chat bar, ect. Why not show me all my other 100′s of friends?? I still don’t get it, but can happily say that crush comes up #1 when I use letters of his first and last name.

  • cher

    One more thing about typing a letter in the search bar: I have 32 friends whose first name begins with T. Now, when I type t in the search bar, it only shows me 3 friends. On other letters it shows me more than that. The 3 that is shows me are those who are in my MO5 or LSB10 or those who I HAVE interacted with recently. So that search bar is pulling from something. Must be mutual views and searches; that is my only guess. Because when I look through my friends list, all of the others whose name starts with T are rarely on FB, or we have NO communication.

    • qewgtwe

      the new bar(5 people) changed this morning
      i think it changes daily
      my crushes still appear on it tho=]

  • Xander

    This is incredible, I came to the exact same conclusion as the op given the exact same line of reasoning. Also astounding is that so many users have corresponding viewpoints to the matter. For this reason I have been tinkering with various experiments listed here. What I have found that of the primary two people I regularly view but rarely interact with will be found on my friends list, however I will not find my name on their list. In addition, several people I almost never view or interact with frequently appear on my friends list. One explanation for this is that rather than making several random selections each time a profile is viewed FB merely selects a “default random” to be placed in the friends list saving their servers the time of dealing with a randomizing algorithm for 10 friends each and every time a person’s page is viewed. I won’t pretend that I have any technical knowledge of this matter and this is all purely conjecture but I will continue to research this electrifying concept more thoroughly.

  • Rach

    no, it’s not right! there are people, that i have never spoken too in my life…

  • ethereal

    Like Xander, I’ve noticed what appear to be default algorithms this week, too, in LSB10 and searchbar.

    LSB10: It seems that if someone with whom I’ve had enough public interaction with has viewed my page recently (within the last day or two), or I view their page/pictures, they show up in LSB10 for a day or two. Usually they just bump someone else out; the whole list doesn’t change. But if not, within a day or two, the list defaults to a mix from a fixed subset of long-term publicly interacted with friends. Every couple of days I get a new mix of these long-term interacters, always including a couple with limited interaction (they seem to be part of a default list), but rarely anyone with no interaction, except for the once every month or so when it is truly random.

    Searchbar: If someone is viewing your page, but you never/rarely view theirs, they will show up briefly — for no more than a day, if that — after they’ve viewed your page (note above: friend of a friend whose page I posted on). It seems the more recently someone viewed your page/you viewed theirs, the higher up they are. Mutual views/frequent interacters will stay near top. I’ve noticed these correspond with the new top bar people. But others on list will default to pages you’ve viewed/interacted with. For a less common letter, fourth down, I noticed someone — a friend of a friend — whose page I viewed a few times about six months ago – I doubt she would have viewed my page at all. But I’ve viewed/searched for no one else with a name beginning with that letter — or vise versa — so she stays on the list that comes up.

    Also, crush got bumped into the rarely changing chat bar, even though we’ve never chatted and our last pm was over a month ago. He is also on new top bar. All four new top bar are also on chat list. Two of the top bar: we frequently comment on one another’s posts; they’re probably my top commenters. The fourth: relatively frequent interaction over time but recently not as much as the other 3 and not any more than other friends. But she is also good friends with crush’s exGF, and her BF is friends with crush and his ex. Crush and I have liked each other’s posts and commented regularly recently, so that group may be checking out our pages to try to figure out if there’s something going on.

  • Mindfucker

    Figuring this out would be alot easier if I didn’t have dyslexia :(

  • Mindfucker

    Figuring this out would be alot easier if I didn’t have dyslexia :(

  • Anonymous

    dude mindfucker its alright your theories here are awesome and we love them keep it up! :)

  • Foreign Girl

    Well, I’ve been following this blog for months now, and after making some experiments I have some conclusions that may help.
    I have this ex.boyfriend, we broke up like a year ago, we used to have a lot of interaction on facebook, likes, photos, events, pm, etc. When we broke up this interaction stopped, I never look at his profile, and Im pretty sure he never looks at mine. He´s all the time on facebook, but he never shows himself as online. He´s not on any of my lists. I started this experiment that consisted of me visiting his page a lot, stalking him a lot, looking at his pictures, his friends, you know (he is really handsome so it was no hard work at all LOL). Well like a week ago I started to show on his LSB10 everytime I visited his profile. He hasn’t appeared on any of my lists.

    The other thing, I have this very good friend that closed his facebook for over a year. She recently reopened it, I visited her page to post happy birthday and looked at some of her photos. This was like 2 months ago. I was viewing my photos 4 days and found this photo with her, I tagged her. She commented, end of the story. Yesterday she was on my LSB10, disappeared some time after, today she has been there like all day, and some of the time she’s on MO5. Doesn’t appear on any other list. So it can be two things: LSB10 has something to do with the people who you tagg on photos, or she creeped my profile after I tagged her. I can’t be sure of any, but I feel I have something going on.

    Also my crush appears on my LSB10 sometimes. I used to visit his profile but I haven’t in a while (I stalk him with my BFF account actually). I started realizing he appeared when he is online, but not every time he is online, just some of the time. We have 1 picture together and comments on the same post, no more interaction. So I’m guessing he appears there when he is visiting my page, in real time.

    This are what I have found, Tell me what you think of it.

    Another thing, I haven’t managed to find the Make Facebook Your Homepage thing, I was hoping you could help me with this!

    Hope it helped, sorry if it is too long

    • qewgtwe

      @Foreign Girl
      it disappeared

  • kava

    @Foreigngirl: like stated above, if you go to your home page, click on one of your apps and let that page load, then click the HOME button, on the very top there should appear 4 (some people have 5) people with “Make Facebook Your Homepage” displayed. I’ve noticed this does not happen every time I do this, however, if you do it enough times it should appear.

    It has been stated that the people that appear at the top with “Make Facebook Your Homepage” are the people who view your profile the most. I tend to agre with this for two reasons: 1) There is a person who is waiting for me for post pictures of her deceased relative and 2) my crush is on that list =:) lol.

  • Bill

    I think you are spot on. i know for a fact that the people who show up in that friends box are creeping my page. i feel very confident about this

  • Luffe The Conqueror

    I wonder what is shown on top of the right side “advertising field” when you click e.g. Edit Friends or when you are on the search results page?

    On mine four different categories come up randomly (apart from ads):

    1. Highlights from selected frinds’ photo albums
    2. Previous status updates from selected friends
    3. People you may know – based on mutual frinds with selected people from your existing freind list
    4. Photo where selected frinds are tagged

    There is this girl who keeps appearing here for me. Her friends keep being suggested as people I may know though she is the only mutual friend I have with them, and her previous status updates appear again and again even though she makes very few of them, and they generally dont receive that many “likes” or comments.

    I check her profile once in a while, but I certainly dont stalk her, and she is not that active in posting things, so I generally dont click her stuff more than the stuff of others.

    It’s been a couple of months since we last interacted (she liked a couple of my posts and I liked one of hers).

    What do you guys think – is she there because she is stalking me bigtime, or can there, according to your experience, be another reasonable explanation?

  • kava

    @Bill: I sure hope you’re right because as I said my crush is on that MFBYHP 4! I sent the one girl who was waiting for pics of her dead relative the pics, so we will see if she drops off that list as she won’t have a reason to visit my profile anymore.

    @ Luffe: I get the same impression. EVERY SINGLE TIME it is one of three people who’s photo albums show up on the right side, as either an album or tagged or status updates. I thought this was odd as why ONLY the three? Once in a while the office ‘spy’ will show up as tagged but that’s about it. If I were to venture a guess I would say you are being stalked…BIG TIME? Does she show up in the 3 when you click the ‘People You May Know’ on the right corner of the display? I know the 4 ontop do show up on that.

    I don’t care what FB says about their algorithms and such. If there is someone on those lists that you personally don’t have much interaction with then WTF? Why are they constantly on the lists? Interaction is interaction…it works BOTH ways.

    Or, FB has found a way to read our minds through the computer and knows who our crushes are and who we WANT to see on the lists, lol! Scarry =0

  • Luffe The Conqueror

    @Kava: she does indeed show up among the “people you May know 3″. These, however, seem to be generated from the mouseover 20 list – which she is also a permanent member of. The others who show up with precious status updates and photo albums etc. are All people with whom I actually do interact on a regular basis.

  • JayCKay

    I’ve been following all the comments religiously. I didnt read everything yet, but I did start experimenting after couples of days. Based on what have been said in some of the comments above, I want to share my own story. I’ve been – as most of you lol – stalking someone obsessively. I have no idea if the person in question has been stalking me as well, or at least checking my profile. My crush is number one on search bar, in MO5 and sometimes on LSB10; not on the chat bar tho. We dont interact regularly or intensively, and lately those interactions have dropped to zero [no Likes, no comments, no tags]. This didnt stop crush to be always in MO5 and occasionally on LSB10. This person in question has been off facebook for 3 or 4 days, and has dropped completely from my LSB10; when today has made a comments on his own profile, been showed on my Top news. I wanted to check my LSB10 and guess what? He was on the LSB10! And still! On MO5 as well. Does this mean he has viewed my profile? I want to believe he did xD..

  • Anonymous

    Hm I’m quite confused about the “Make facebook your homepage” finding. I don’t have any apps because I’ve deleted all mine and don’t use them anymore. I’ve clicked home a billion times and nothing shows up. Suggestions?

    • fasdg

      use firefox browser

      • Anonymous

        Tried that, still not working ):

  • ambree

    Part of the algorithm includes who you communicate with associated applications, like Hotmail.
    Ie: person on your hotmail email account friend list
    is also on your friend list in FB
    but you email them through hotmail very frequently
    they will also often come up on your FB LHS friend list.

  • OMG

    @Luffe the conqueror: Have you posted on her wall before? Even just the happy birthday wishes? Vice a versa? Or there was no public interaction between you guys? Does she also show up on LSB 10??

    I am in the same situatino as you right now. Share your foundings with me!

  • Mindfucker

    Interesting about the MFYHP 4. First of all, why do some people have 4 peeps there and others have 5? Anyway, wouldn’tcha know Mr. Crush is right up there… along with one of my rivals for his affections (very nice girl, actually, but technically a “frenemy” in this particular context— I’m sure we’ve been stalking each other’s pages about the same amount, trying to figure out what’s what)… and the other two are my other two very top stalkers, and I’d know that they were even if FB didn’t exist, it’s that obvious.

    So the next question for everybody: who has/hasn’t maintained a pattern of MO 10, PYMK 3, and MFBYHP 4/5 all being mostly the same people? In my case, they’re mostly all the same– that is to say Mr. Crush is almost always on there, and the others are solid die-hards. There’s the occasional odd duck in MO 5, and I’m leaving LSB10 out of this equation because while the die-hards are often there too, they aren’t *always* and there are some other random folks in there who don’t ever show up in the other places. [Seems LSB10 is the most subject to randomness, in general... as well as being the only "public" one of these hotspots.] It’ll be interesting to see if most of us are having the same cluster of our stalkers showing up in most of these places.

    Oh, and again —SIGH— that wasn’t me who wrote about having dyslexia. Logorrhea sometimes, yes, but not lysdexia, dmamit.

  • Kava

    MindF: You make me laguh!!oll or llo or lol, whatever!!

  • Joey

    Sigh, I love reading all these comments! Its become one of my daily visited and constantly refreshing sites, and im not alone, so that’s got to mean something!

    I’ve decided that NOW the LSB10 doesn’t mean a thing, other than public interactions such as you’ve in the past wrote on their wall, or liked a picture. I think the LSB10 USED to be an indication of either who you looked at or who looked at your page, but now its just stuck on pure public interactions so I’ve stopped paying attention to it.

    The MO 10. had a mix of my crush, along with others who i’ve clicked on, and who have clicked on me – Im going to assume that its just showing, mutual clicks at one point or another.

    the people you might know 3 —> my crush was there
    out of allll the people in the world/my friends list :)

    the only interaction that we had was becoming friends – no posts or anything , but I know he likes me :) so its safe to say he looks at my page

    I’ve made up my mind, (since we’ll never have concret proof ….. )
    I think theres an element of who views your page that’s expressed in all of the above, “MO 5, PYMK3 … etc” but that its expressed in mutual views,
    That’s the beauty of it, you’ll only know they’ve looked, if you’ve looked, that way you can never certainly say that it was in fact because THEY looked. But if both of you view each other enough, they’ll show/pop up everywhere

    I wasn’t so sure if it was my clicking or his clicking, but after seeing the Make facebook your homepage one, Im certain!!!

    1. MY Crush (eek)
    2. Brother (he has without a doubt been looking at the family photos ive recently posted)
    3 . Cousin thats a kid (therefore im certain that im his most viewed person)
    4. My friend
    5. My Friend

    here’s the thing – those last two friends … they aren’t my CLOSEST friends in real life. As in they aren’t the friends that I’ve grown up with, or trust with all my secrets. What im trying to say is their my “friends” that I expect to be viewing my page.

    All 5 people are people that if I had to guess, I would have guess that they viewed my page the most (they may view others people pages more, but out of all the people to view my page they’d be the top) , and I don’t view their pages the most,they’re not the 5 people that I view that most or whos photos i view the most,

    Theres NO other explanation as to why my crush would have showed up there based on anything (we haven’t messaged each other, no posts no nothing) , Other than the fact that he views my page the most, thats the only way for facebook to know that we have a connection in real life

    For me the LSB10 and the MO5 are just to random now, but the PYMK3 and defiantly the MFYHP are really clear indications of who has been viewing your page (check, because before you know it Facebook will change it ;)

    theres no such thing as coincidences when it comes to Facebook and algorithms :)

  • strawberries

    What I’ve noticed about LSB10 is, those people who you interacted with eg: post on wall, wished Happy Birthday etc, they will stay on LSB10 for a few weeks, while those who you never interact with, appears on your LSB10 for a day or two and disappear right after that, are those who viewed your profile/pics. A friend who I never interacted with since Feb, never appear on LSB10 until a few days ago. The next day I got her sms, asking when can we meet up. This happened a few times, not just her.

  • egegegewgegwegeg

    go mouse over sum1s name
    click “x” mutual friends
    people u may know category
    see anythin?

  • http://www.socialcubix.com Facebook App

    This is really good advice for us..

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    Keep going man…I want this post for my project.

  • kjdf

    So do the MFBYHP people change everyday at 8pm along with the LSB10?

  • Anonymous

    @Joey, I’m pretty sure @strawberries is right on the LSB10. More evidence: I posted a link earlier today. Two people later appeared on the LSB10: one appears once every few weeks, the other no more than once every few months. The link would have interested the first because it related to his interests, the second because it relates to one of his employers. They clearly clicked on the link. I’m not sure they if they viewed my page or not. Each only appears in searchbar a few people down for only one letter of their names.
    @Mindfucker, neither of these two regularly appears on any of my other lists, although the first one will occasionally make it into MO5.

    Also, one of my friends is on vacation right now and I’ve been viewing his photos, but not his page. We haven’t had any public interaction, exchanged a pm once a year. He appears on no lists, so he is clearly not clicking on any of my links or viewing my page.

  • Luffe The Conqueror

    @OMG: Just dropped her a few PM’s and exchanged a few comments on the chat with her – all of that months ago, and still she appears in my ads column more than anyone else.

    I must, however, admit that I have been stalking her pages rather heavily – but that goes 6-8 months back, and I stopped visiting her pages a couple of months ago.

  • Foxy

    @egegegewgegwegeg Nothing. Why?

    • etrtwe

      maybe u and @foxy dont have crushes u didnt add
      but my crushes that didnt add me show up in the first few people

      • Foxy

        @etrtwe, what do you mean by “crushes you didn’t add?”

  • kava

    @foxy: I don’t see any differnce either

  • Foxy

    @Kava, right? I thought it curious that would be brought up. Personally I believe the PYMK3 is a BIG indicator. The same might be said for the MFBYHP4 or MFBYHP5.

    I’m hearing some people here mention their MFBYHP4 or MFBYHP5 is changing every day. Mine is static and I have over 1200 FB friends! Also, any ideas about the new Chat window? I’m not crazy about the new format as it doesn’t let me know who’s online but rather it automatically picks random friends. Thoughts?

    I’ve personally changed my strategy with my crush. I used to avoid his profile page like the plague (for months I didn’t peak!). Now I’m on a binge of consuming any information he, or any of his friends post: pictures, mobile uploads, clicking his links left and right. Why? Because I want to show up on his new Chat window option and the MFBYHP4 or MFBYHP5! ;)

  • Jack

    IT IS NOT based on how much interaction you have with them or how many likes etc, it also NOT based on your relationship status, this is because the people i have listed down as brothers and cousins etc and im constantly on there profile and chatting with them have never shown up at the side bar, only, so it could be how much theve clicked on the profile, but i think my freinds would have clicked on me more then the random people that show up on the side of my facebook

  • etrtwe

    if u zoom ur page in the chat list becomes smaller and smaller
    this girl that likes me if one of the people remaining
    try it

  • cher

    @ Anonymous re: the MFBYHP: the only thing I can suggest is choosing a simple app, like astrology, for example. It will be on the side on your home page. You have to click on it, and THEN when you click home, the 5 (or 4) people will show up on top.

    I am VERY pleased to report that crush is STILL #1 on the list of 5. My list has not changed at all. But remember I said a deceased relative keeps appearing on my MO5? Well she is also #2 on my MFBYHP?? Could be because she had viewed my pictures before she died, so FB still remembers her. But crush is also #1 STILL when I type the letters in the search bar. And GET THIS! Let’s say his name starts with S. I have a ton of friends whose name starts with that letter, and usually 5 of them come up. But today, he came up first, and then NO ONE ELSE. Just some apps that I might have clicked on once or twice, but never use. Now isn’t that unusual?

    And he is still coming up consistently in the PYMK3. I am almost 100% convinced these people that constantly come up are those that view our profiles the most. :)

  • Cal Guy

    I think fb disabled the mo5 because I can’t figure out how to get that to work. I do believe the LSB10 does combine who you publicly interact with the most along with stalkers/views. Of the 10: 7 I interact with publicly on a daily basis (likes, comments, etc), 2 I’m pretty sure have crushes on me but I almost never publicly interact with in the last 1-2 months, and 1 is my ex which I NEVER publicly interact within the last 6 months (I also deleted ALL of my ex’s private messages about 2 months ago).

  • Cal Guy

    As a side note, right when I was typing the comment, the top 10 were literally composed of my 7 best buddies, 2 girls with crushes, and 1 ex. After the comment, I refreshed and a totally different top 10 popped up: 7 good buddies, 1 girl with a crush (99% sure), 1 co-worker, and 1 family member.

  • Mindfucker

    Who else’s MO 10 has been shuffling around new randoms today?

    • gsfdjh

      i agree
      suggest tags changed, therefore MO5 changed b/c they use the same method

  • Anonymous

    Hi all! This is my first time posting but I’ve definitely read every comment on here and have been watching this for the last few months. First, I just want to say that you guys are amazing with all your research! (haha)
    I don’t really have anything new to add except that my MFYHP definitely has 6 people. Is this the case for anyone else? Hm I wonder why it’s different numbers for different people.
    Also, I’d like to put my vote up for the idea that MO5 and the research bar is likely some degree of mutual viewing with a few exceptions. About half of the people on my MO5 are tagged in a lot of my pictures even though I do not look at their profiles very often. I’d call them average friends not my top friends. I suspect that if these people look through tagged pictures of themselves on their own profile often, fb would count it as viewing my profile since the pics are linked to my album even if technically they’re on their own page when they look through tagged photos.
    However, it’s the ppl that I have no interaction with that fascinate me. One regular on MO5 and research bar is my own fake profile that i made for myself two years ago. I made it so that I could add the fake prof to my “family censored” list. It was made purely to look at my real profile just to feel extra safe that everything I wanted to keep hidden from family would not show. (I’m a college student so there are a few albums and such that I’d rather my mother and aunts didn’t see haha). Anyway, I used to chck my real prof using the fake one almost obsessively before fb came out with the “view how this friend sees your profile” thing. I’ve never had any reason to view my fake profile using my real becuz there is nothing to see on the fake one, so all of the interaction is completely one-sided and purely based off of profile views (no liking, no commenting, nada). Yet this fake profile has had a permanent fixture in my MO5 and research bar since as long as I could remember making me think that it could def be possible that MO5 shows some of your top stalkers. The fake prof appears nowhere else on fb however, just those two places.
    Also, here’s another thing, my crush (add me to the crush list haha) shows up EVERYWHERE on fb except LSB10. (MO5, PYMK3, MFYHP6, first on research bar, suggested photo albums, previous statuses) and it annoys the hell out of me. Now let me clarify that I know that he’s definitely interested in me to some degree seeing that when I first met him in a class my first week of college, he was overly flirty and suggested daily that we needed to “hang out sometime”. Now this guy is a yr older than me, on the football team and overly conceited so in the beginning I would politely reject his invitations brushing him off as your typical college athlete womanizer. He persisted with me rejecting him for 3 months until somehow I managed to convince myself that he was a nice guy and that I was wrong to stereotype him just because he was an athlete. So of course I stupidly eventually gave in and decided to “hang out”. Looking back two yrs later however, it’s clear that his intentions were purely for the “fun” (and still are as he still does text me every 3 weeks or so without fail to see if I can “hang out” . I’ve ignored a few of his last texts though and I’m almost positive that it’s probably driving his Ego crazy. ) But anyway, I gave up on him about a year ago when I figured out his intentions, but not b4 I had the chance to develop feelings for him.. so you can imagine how ANNOYING it is to try to forget about someone and yet they’re EVERYWHERE you turn on fb. I’ve done everything that I can do over the last year to try to minimize his silent presence everywhere on my fb (minus deleting him). I blocked from my newsfeed, we have only 10 mutual friends, we have almost ZERO interaction on fb except for a few pm’s from november and me writing happy bday on his wall over a year and a half ago. I did view on his page and albums a bit when we first became fb friends 2 yrs ago but even back then, I was incredibly paranoid that he would somehow find out how much he really does cross my mind (he’s already too conceited) and so I limited myself to looking at his profile 3 or 4 times a week in the beginning (for the last year though, I’ve only let myself look once a week or so). So nothing extreme, there are def people that I look at infinitely more than him and no one shows up everywhere nearly as much as he does. It’s like fb is doing this to torture me on purpose :(… the one person out of my 600 friends that I try to avoid is the one person who shows up every time I click something.

    Also last night I was playing with the search bar. I’ve almost never had people who aren’t friends of mine show up there but last night there was a guy whose profile I’d never looked at before so i clicked on it to see if I knew him and surprise! Only one mutual friend and it was the football player. It was weird though because when I checked my research bar again 10 minutes later, the guy had disappeared from my list even though none of my other lists had changed. It’s like he popped on for a few minutes and then popped off…?

  • gegh

    ————UPDATE—————
    FB is reading this
    the suggest tags just got updated

    • gegh

      suggest tags doesnt work anymore

  • DW

    My MO5 and “Suggest Photo Tag” lists are now completely random. No rhyme or rhythm to either at all. I suspect that because Facebook felt the need to completely randomize these two lists, this suggests that these were the two lists that legitimately showed the people who most often viewed your profile.

    My LSB10 and deactivate account “____ will miss you” lists are still the same as before, for the most part.

  • Foxy

    Thank You Facebook! Since you felt the NEED TO completely change the algorightm, you’ve finally confirmed what many of us had suspected all along! MO5 and “suggest photo tag” in Privacy Settings WAS in fact showing us our top stalkers!!!

  • bfdhfg

    theres still PYMK3

  • Geographically Undesirable

    As of right now my MO5 is completely random… Always new people… Does not make sense.

    MFYHP – I had 5…
    1 My best friend who I live with. :)
    2 Crush <3 + :’(
    3 Best Guy Friend who I am sure is a creeper, and loves me but can’t man up.
    4 A guy who has a crush on me, but I’m not feeling it, and admits to looking at my page/pics.
    5 Another good female friend who I know creeps my page.

  • gdfhd

    my MFYHP5 used to work
    doesnt show anymore
    FML

  • z

    If the Mutual Friends section of the People You May Know page was based on the MO5, has it changed now too? I never looked into it much before, but mine is currently a total of 8 people. All of them have been on the LSB10 before.

    6 are good friends who I have a lot of interaction with and we share many mutual friends.

    1 is an acquaintance. Again, lots of mutual friends. No interaction on my part, a small amount on theirs. Tagged in pictures and albums together and attended some events. I view them a lot, unsure how often they might view me.

    1 is a friend I talk to a LOT over messages. Only 1 mutual friend (strange?). A fair amount of interaction. I sometimes view their profile.

    • gfs

      PYMK3 didnt change

  • meh

    I kind of hope they make the LSB10 random as well. It would just make life a little easier and make stalking a little more enjoyable.

  • Pearly Gudmonsson

    Have you tried the mouth-over function on the My Pictures page. Try it – see anything? My crush comes up many of the times. Especially when I close my eyes…

  • General_Dingo

    I’m honestly not sure what’s going on with it. Certain people show up in my list whos profiles I look at alot, and some that would plausibly look at mine, some that we interact a lot, and some just seem random. And also there are some that follow those principles but rarely ever show up. It’s hard to dismiss it as random, but at the same time there’s no obvious method as to how it’s selected.

  • Geographically Undesirable

    @gdfhd – MFYHP doesn’t show up for me anymore as well.

    @z – My Find Friends – Mutual Friends are the same 10 people they were since I found out about that method of checking. As mentioned before – also comprised of a few of the people who are were on my M05… And 5 of those are the the people who were on my MFYHP when I had that option including zee Crush.
    Crush and I – only have 1 mutual friend in common and that was my best friend who has had no interaction with him publicly and only a few pms in April/May about me.

    My LSB10 are the people I’ve interacted with publicly since May I’d say…
    On the right side “Friends’ Photo Albums” the same people who were on my M05 – their albums still come up. Including zee crush.

    Again, my Crush and I have had no interaction since early June via 1 pm sent by me, and prior to that was mid May. I stopped visiting his page for weeks, nervous that maybe he would have figured this out as well – and because I became geographically undesirable, it hurt to check up on him…

  • kava

    A few days ago I posted some old funny pictures of the kids us kids when we were growing up in the neighborhood. I was talking to my sis yesterday and asked her if she saw them, as I had tagged her along with several other FB friends I grew up with. She NEVER goes on FB (can’t get the whole concept of it, in fact my br-in-law made her FB page for her!). She had not at that time seen to pictures on FB. Just now as I was doing MO5…there she was! I called and she confirmed that she had just looked at the pictures about ten minutes ago! Holy crap batman! There’s your proof.

  • Krutty the Bear

    I made a fake profile, got + 500 “friends” with it and began to stalk my real profile systematically. From my real profile I generally avoided visiting the fake profile. This had the following effect:

    FB began to suggest the fake profile to become frineds with my real friends.

    The fake profile started to appear in MO5 of my real profile – not vice versa.

    The fake profile came up on top in the “Hide this from these people” drop down on my real profile.

    Highligts from the fake profile’s pictures and shouts were to some extent promoted on top right corner of my real profile.

    Conclusion: MO5 was definately showing stalkers – shame that is gone now. The “Hide this from these people” is still a good way to determine who is stalking you.

  • Mindfucker

    Very interesting that these switch-ups with the MO 10 are happening to all of us.

    Guess someone at FB is definitely reading this & other discussions like it elsewhere and seeing that people are figuring it out.

    I only hope that they don’t come to the conclusion that they can’t stop people relentlessly trying to figure out their stalkers and thus decide to go ahead and create an official functionality for that. I doubt they will, though, because I think they know that once people can see who’s stalking them, everyone will get paranoid and it will effectively grind FB to a halt. So I guess they’re going to have to keep doing what they’re doing– switching things up and offering us tantalizing “tells” here & there that we can’t be 100% sure of….

  • emily58

    i completely agree… over the last few months i’ve had a few different people who i was seeing for a while and my friends list on the side of my page always seemed to have whichever guy i was seeing at the time on my friends list even tho i didnt react with them all that much over facebook so i figure they must’ve been lookin at my page.. facebook knows too much about my life!!

  • me

    They definately changed the MO5 list today. For weeks/MONTHS its been displaying the same people over and over, now it really is completely random. Before it was showing 4 ppl I interact with often. Pls one that I never have spoken to, poked, messaged or wrote on his wall. I do look at his profile a lot, and even though he says he is never on FB I suspect he looks at mine a lot too. I know this guy is into me, just as much as I am him. Maybe I am just hoping… lol. He was also on my MFBYHP list of 5 every day,but that bar seems to have completely disappeared too today.

  • kiwi

    hey yo

    has anyone noticed this: when you look for someone (by typing a random letter in the searchbar), there are suggested pictures of your friends on the right side. oddly enough, when you click ‘show more’, the same close friends of yours keep appearing.

    my 2$ guess: same group of people as the MO5/20…

  • cher

    The MO5/10 has changed completely for me too. :( TOTALLY random people who I NEVER interact with AT ALL. Some I have only accepted their friend request and that was it. Man, that sucks.

    But my MFYHP is still there, and it is still the same 5 people with crush still at #1 spot! :) I notice the LSB10 is still the same group of people; that hasn’t changed. And the search bar still brings up crush as #1 when I type first and last initial. I want to mention again that I NEVER look at his profile. Maybe once or twice. There was one time recently when I was reading a pm from him and FB kept showing me his pictures on the right, and there was one of him with no shirt on, so I could not help myself…..I HAD to look! lol Other than that, we have NO other interaction. Just about 10 pm’s over the last 6 months.

    kiwi: Good find! I clicked on the first initial of his first and last name, and then clicked on see more. Well, it was showing friends’ status updates like you said on the right side, so I just kept clicking see more. And guess whose updates kept coming up over and over? The crush! Now that could be because he comes up first in the search bar, but I don’t know…. I had about 4 other friends’ updates come up mixed in with his, but the most that it showed me was his.

    So then I tried a different letter, and it changed. It now was showing me friends’ pictures. So I kept clicking see more, and it started to only show me ONE friend’s pics, no matter what letter I typed in. She is one of my MO5 and I know she views my stuff. But the crush is no longer coming up even under his own initial no matter how many times I refresh!!

    This is depressing that they changed it….But at least all of us here know the truth!! :)

  • cher

    I wanted to note one other thing. That chat sidebar. I turned it on (I am NOT available and my crush has never been available either, even this one time that I knew he was on fb because he posted a status update). Well today, the regulars that have been there are still there, but there are 3 new people showing up who have NEVER been there. My brother (who is never on FB and was in my MO5), my crush who has never been there, and my deceased relative who has never been there. All 3 of them have consistently been on my MO5, PYMK3, and MFYHP, but NEVER have they appeared on that chat bar. So how is that?

  • krazycrush

    Yes MO5 changed for me too. f*ck.. completely random. and now chat list has crush even though he is never offline. (last fb contact i had with him was a month ago)

  • Sonny

    Cher: Yes, my chat sidebar changed too, and now it looks like the old MO20 (only the chat sidebar has 13 names…!)

    And mi good ol crush is back in place!

  • kiwi

    yeah, somebody at fb is definitely peeping over this thread. the feature i was mentionning yesterday has already been replaced for a ‘people u may know’ feature. (sigh)

  • Mikey

    wait how do you figure out the mo5 again??

  • Anonymous

    have u noticed that the “photos of me” is different for your friends even if they have access to the same albums? I wonder why i have one guy friend who consistently has the oddest set of pix of me showing when I do “preview my profile” for this person.

  • K

    Anonymous…it’s because the people who have tagged you have different privacy settings for their albums. Not everyone can see all the pics you’ve been tagged in. So if someone sets the privacy for that album to “Friends of Friends”, then all of your friends will see those pics. But if someone has the album privacy setting to “Friends Only”…only their friends will see those, which means only your mutual friends will see those on your wall. So that changes your “preview my profile” depending on who you are using to view it.

  • Me

    Further to my post yesterday, the same friend appeared on my chat bar for the first time ever as offline. I closed the bar and re-opened and he has now disappeared. I still have no MFYHP bar. I would like to see it again, just so I can see if it features those who were on my MO5 loads…

    I think there must have been something in it the MO5 because like I said I have never interacted with this guy at all over FB, we email or text instead. He added me months ago and he has only posted one update since that and claims he is never online. Yes I do look at his profile, but I interact and look at others far more than I do his.

  • Geographically Undesirable

    lol… Random info… On the occasional right side – “Friends’ Photos” suggestions… Wouldn’t you know it? A picture that I once clicked “like” while we were talking months ago and then “unlike” (because I’m a 27 year old child.) when we stopped talking, shows up! No other comments on that pic, except for the fact that he tagged himself. lol… I hate you FB.

    Oh and he shows up in my offine chat bar even though we haven’t chatted in months and there are others I speak to recently/interact with more often… Yeah I know you stalk my page Mister. =P

  • Me

    Ok, check this out.

    Go to your privacy settings. Customise my settings -> preview my profile -> preview how your profile appears to other people. Click every letter under the alphabet. My guy shows up first when I use both his intials, despite me interacting with others today and the last couple of days with the same first or surname inital. Every other letters shows those I’ve interacted with recently as the first suggestion. So why are his initals different. This is after I have cleared my history and cache…

    Now this is getting almost obsessive to me…lol

    • hreth

      thats your views
      lol

      • Me

        I’m not sure it is. I havent viewed his profile for days. I have viewed and interacted with other people with the same initial as his since I last viewed his profile. He still shows up first.

  • JV

    Okay, here’s a pretty big confirmation that LSB10 shows people who have recently looked at your profile.

    About three months ago I went to this friend of mine for advice who I haven’t talked to in a few years. A month later we were at a wedding together and I snapped a pic of us and posted it on her FB. Haven’t talked to her since then, so about two months. For the last two days, she has showed up on my LSB10 for the first time ever. I thought this was interesting, because didn’t think she would be looking at my profile.

    Well…this morning I got a text from her saying that I’ve been in her thoughts a lot lately and she hopes everything is going well for me. BAM! Obviously she has to have checked out my profile during that time. That is definitive proof that the LSB10 shows people who have just looked at your profile, or that FB can now read minds (God help us)

  • anonymous

    Ok so i don’t know if you know this,but today i found out that if you go on someone else’s profile and you click on their friends list there is a box 3×3 like in your own profile.And when you click on it you can type whatever letter and it shows 7 people like on your own profile.My crush is at the top when i write his letter.And when i go on his profile i’m at the top of his list.I tried it with other people and it’s different.

  • cher

    My crush is still over on that chat sidebar, and I know full well he wasn’t before. Same with my aunt who died. That is just the strangest thing.

    And get this…..when I logged in today, and clicked on home, a status update that my crush had posted 7 hours ago appeared at the very top of my news feed. There were other updates (from those who were in my MO5 and some from LSB10) but they were written more recently. Even the last comment in his post was written several hours ago. So why on earth would his update come up first?? (This is before I clicked on most recent). Why does FB pick and choose whose updates to show you first when you log on, before you click on all updates, or most recent?

    This is so frustrating, and yet so fascinating at the same time. lol And yes I agree that FB might be reading this blog/forum.

  • Anonymous

    if u zoom in and out, the sidebar changes
    if u zoom in like 300%, i think those remaining r the real stalkers

  • cher

    omg anonymous! I just tried that….I zoomed in about 5 times (hit Control ++) the chat bar disappears, but you can still see the chat button at the bottom right (I am unavailable, so I don’t know how it looks if you are available). Only 2 people came up. My crush, and a really close friend who always looks at my pictures and always comments on everything I do. Hmmmmmmm…… Crush never comments on ANYTHING. ???? You could be right about those being the #1 stalkers!! :)

  • anonymous

    Ok so i don’t know if you know this,but today i found out that if you go on someone else’s profile and you click on their friends list there is a box 3×3 like in your own profile.And when you click on it you can type whatever letter and it shows 7 people like on your own profile.My crush is at the top when i write his letter.And when i go on his profile i’m at the top of his list.I tried it with other people and it’s different.

  • Foxy

    @Anonymous, can’t use your method if the person hides his/her friends list. :(

  • Geographically Undesirable

    This just in!!! My MO5 regulars are back!

  • OMG

    HAHA. that’s HILARIOUS! MO5 regulars and “suggest photos to others” people are back at this moment.

    Are they seriously reading this forum?

  • foreign girl

    Yeah, my MO5 is back to normal. LOL

    I’m interested in the chat thing, the little photos that appear at your left, the order is weird. In my case it’s difficult to say if it is people that I creep of if it is people that creeps me instead. But I’m more inclined in believing they are my stalkers. What do you think?

    And the zoom thing for me is people I chat a lot. Also the offline contacts that appear on chat sidebar are people that I chat with, or pm. Think about this and please reply with your observations.

  • heheh

    some of my offline chat contacts are people i have never chatted or private messaged before. I have had public interaction with all of them though.

  • Geographically Undesirable

    I can tell you that some of the people in my offline chat I don’t chat with, and there are others that I chat with more – a lot more, and recently that aren’t there. Yet the Crush is there and we haven’t had communication since early June.
    I’m not sure what to make of the zoom in thing yet… He is there when I zoom in closer and closer, but not the last 4 to 2 people.

  • cher

    I can tell you that I don’t ever chat with anyone on facebook – ever. So I don’t think your chat sidebar has anything to do with who you chat with. My list pretty much are those who regularly appear on my LSB10 or MO5. I found that just because they appear over there, it doesn’t mean they are on to chat. I guess it means they have themselves set as available to chat. But you would think they would only show us those who are actually available in real time. At least that is how it used to be.

    Like I said before, my brother, deceased aunt and the crush are over there, and they never were before. Which I find odd. I know my brother has his account set up to NOT be available for chat, and I KNOW he didn’t change it (I asked him again, and he hasn’t been on), so why is he suddenly appearing over there?? Along with the other 2 who also have never been available? (and I’m sure no one changed my aunt’s account; at least I don’t think so).

    And YAY! My MO5 is back to normal! They must have been making some kind of changes this week – that is my guess.

  • kava

    I realized that xH is on my chat list. Don’t know if that was because I accidentally clicked on his profile or he’s been snooping mine.

    I did notice that when I zoomed in (on firefox) that if I zoom as far as i can, there are three people that are left on the list. All three are on my MFBYHP list…one being my crush! YAYHOO!

    Noticed when I go to apps, friends photos show up, and when I click ‘show more’ it goes down to 1 tagged photo, and of course….it’s of my crush….why does FB toy with me?!?

  • Snoop Dog Fan

    I am starting to get a crush on Kava. I think she’s only here because of me.

  • http://www.pyramor.com Anonymous

    Doesn’t appear to have anything to do with profile views, I spent quite a bit of time trying to get people to show up in my profile or get myself to showup in theirs, doesn’t appear to be based on profile viewing at all… However what it does seem to have to do with is events that you both are invited to, because some of the people in my top list I NEVER check their profile and never speak to them, never comment on the same messages, etc. but we’re invited to a lot of the same events, and that’s the only thing that seems to be related.

  • ethereal

    @foreign girl, @cher – I haven’t chatted for months. Three out of four Zoom chat friends (ZCFs) today are different from yesterday’s ZCFs. Crush was there both days. For 2 female friends from yesterday: I haven’t been on their pages and I haven’t had interaction with in a while: couple weeks for one, couple of months for another. In the meantime I have interacted with other friends and went to their pages. But me and a guy friend (the 3 of us have in common) have commented on one another’s stuff this week, so maybe a reason to look at my page?? Today’s other 3 ZCFs: public interaction with 2 in the last 24 hours and I was on one of their pages. Last one: woman who has personal and professional reasons to be creeping my page regularly and often hints that she understands my cryptic posts in a way only possible by creeping my page (usually correctly!) She’d have reason to creep today…

    Chatbar seems to be changing far more frequently than LSB10 now!

    Another observation: I always stay offline and have to go online to get zoom to work. When I go online it adds a few people to the list who are online. I noticed when you zoom to 6 or 8, it includes some of these online but not on the default chat list and still includes people from the full list who are not online…a couple are people I’ve only made one comment to in the last year. One is a relative and one is a friend that former flirtbuddy is using to “speak” to me.

  • cher

    very interesting guys. I just checked my ZCF again, and there were 2 new people there. One is who is ALWAYS commenting on my stuff, and another who I rarely talk to ever on FB, but we have pm’ed once. She does not show as open for chat right now, so I have no idea why she would suddenly show up. I must note she has never appeared in my MO5 or my LSB10 or anywhere else. Could she have recently viewed my page, and that is now why she is on the ZCF list?? Now she is someone who rarely posts anything ever, but I did see she posted something earlier. So could it be she visited my page, and that is why she is there? Oh and of course, that man I cannot stop thinking about (crush) was there as well. :) There might be something to that ZCF thing.

    I also wanted to tell you all something I noticed last week. I logged in through my brother’s profile (he was here, and he said it was ok….I didn’t tell him WHY. lol) I helped him set up his page, so I already know his email and password. Anyway, I looked at my profile from his, and my LSB10 looked exactly like it does as I see it. Same group of the same people. But remember, we cannot see what other people see when they look at their own MO5, PYMK3, MFYHP5, ect… Just because he was NOT on the LSB10 when I looked at my profile through his, doesn’t mean I am not on his MO5, ect..does that make sense? I have noticed that the MO5 ect includes some of those who are on my LSB10, but not all. Which leads me to believe again that the LSB10 are those who you have the most interactions with. The MO5 ect is completely different.

    I have a question for you guys. I have only interacted on FB through pm’s with my crush. Sometimes, I go back and read those pm’s over and over. Could THAT be causing him to appear all over the place on my page? I don’t go to his profile, and we never have any public interactions. Yet he is #1 when it comes to any of the other things (MO5, PYMK3, MFYHP, ect). Could my clicks on the pm’s (clicking on his name in the pm’s only) be causing fb to “think” I am that in to him? grrrr, this is driving me crazy.

    One more thing….he admitted to me the other day that he DOES have a thing for me. So that could mean something, right?

  • kava

    @Snoop: awe ain’t u sweet*. I do come here 4 u, u creepin on ME???

    Anywhoo, load up your FB page on every browser you have downloaded(chrome, opera, firefox, ie, safari)do you see that some of the LB10 are different in differnt browsers? How can this be if it’s MY FB page then the page should technically stay the same, right?

    • fdzg

      weird

    • fdzg

      nvm just refresh and all the browsers will have same LB10

  • cher

    it’s me again, lol. Just noticed that my MFYHP5 has changed. The first 4 are those who were there before, but they are in a different order. (mind you, HE is still #1) – now there is someone new on there who is a regular on my MO5. hmmmmmm. Maybe I need to go to bed before I rip every hair out of my head. lol

  • jfc

    PYMK3 is gone. Completely random now.

  • adek

    Hi guys,I am quite new to FB and have a question for you. I was watching profile of my ex quite a lot during last week. I was able to see all photos, wall etc. And now I can not see her wall anymore. I have never had any FB interactions(no likes,tags,comments..) with her and I don´t use chat. But she´s in my friendslist and I can still see all her photos. I doubt she found out that I was viewing her profile and blocked the wall for me. Is there a possibility that FB blocked that somehow automatically. Any ideas? thx

    • gege

      she blocked every1 from her wall

  • Anon

    Adek…sorry to say but FB will never block anyone automatically. You could view someones page 1000 times a day and FB would love it. If you can’t see her wall, she blocked you. I doubt she knows you were looking, but that’s the only explanation. Sorry!

  • :]

    I’ve been somewhat following this article. However,what is and where can I find PYMK 3 and MFBYHP

  • two

    I noticed my crush has stopped posting for about 2 weeks but sometimes I see him appearing in my lsb10 and top in mo5. I did not chat, pm with him or like his comments for quite sometimes although I view his profile a lot but doesn’t stay there long. I don’t appear in his lsb10 as I believe there is certain time to remain there before it will be captured.
    On the search bar, I use it to search other people outside my friend’s circle, but when I enter his first initial, his name appears first!!. I even enter his middle and last name and he appears on top although there are other friends with the same initial. His activity like been to a certain place keeps appearing on my right side on my profile although I refresh a few times.
    Iis he viewing my profile a lot in this case?

  • two

    I noticed my crush has stopped posting for about 2 weeks but sometimes I see him appearing in my lsb10 and top in mo5. I did not chat, pm with him or like his comments for quite sometimes although I view his profile a lot but doesn’t stay there long. I don’t appear in his lsb10 as I believe there is certain time to remain there before it will be captured.
    On the search bar, I use it to search other people outside my friend’s circle, but when I enter his first initial, his name appears first!!. I even enter his middle and last name and he appears on top although there are other friends with the same initial. His activity like been to a certain place keeps appearing on my right side on my profile although I refresh a few times.
    Iis he viewing my profile a lot in this case?

  • Anonymous

    my mo5 shows people that i view now

  • kava

    Where did my MFBYHP go? I can’t seem to activate the top bar no matter what I try!

  • Ulla

    My WYHJOP13 shows my crush. Im sure he likes me and only banned me by mistanke.

  • Geographically Undesirable

    I pasted something like this a few weeks ago… But here it is again for those who missed it… (RE: LSB10)

    (My curiosity is only with the M05/M010, PYMK3, Friend’s Photo’s, and my newly remove MFYHP5.)

    http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=116320945119338
    Expand all
    Profile » Which friends appear in the left column of my profile?
    Which friends appear in the left column of my profile?
    The left column of your profile may display different types of people in your life:

    We highlight your friend list.
    By default, a changing selection of friends always appears under the “Friends” heading in the left column of your profile. The selection includes many friends who you publicly interact with the most. Examples of public interactions include Wall posts, comments and mutually attended events — Facebook will never show friends based on whose profiles you choose to view or who you interact with over messages and chat.

    You can choose custom friends to highlight.
    In addition to your general list of friends, you can choose to feature specific friends (e.g., best friends, roommates or coworkers) or groups to which you belong. Learn how to do this here.

    Your family and relationship partner appear here, too.
    If you choose to add family members or a relationship to your profile, those people will also be featured in the left column.

  • Jake

    It chooses based upon interactions. An interaction is defined as anything from commenting, liking something, or even looking at their profile. So yes, even if they haven’t interacted with them for a month and a half they will show up assuming they look at your profile enough.

  • sdlkf

    Anyone elses MO5 and LSB10 change? Still can’t decide if M05 is who you look at or who looks at yours

  • Anonymous

    totally agree with the fact that the people who show up are the people who most view your profile. i also have another idea. if you had previously listed someone as your family member but then you take it off, they go straight down to the list. so my ten people:

    1. best friend
    2. someone previously listed as sister
    3. someone previously listed as sister
    4. ex boyfriend’s ex girlfriend who i never interact with
    5. a girl who liked the guy i used to like who i never interact with
    6. a guy who i like who i think likes me
    7. another guy who possibly likes me
    8. a guy who i actually do interact with often, ex. comments, status likes, etc.
    9. a girl who is very jealous of me
    10. a childhood best friend who is now just an acquaintance.

  • kava

    I agree with Anymous above about family members. I thought because they post from my computer therefore same IP adress.

    Also, crush comes and goes from list. Usually right before I get a post or a pm from crush…there’s the picture. oh, I do so hope he’s stalking me!

  • Anonymous

    @kava ikr? (this is anonymous from above) my crush has been on the list for like ever now. since i started liking him i think which is odd. but that might also be because we started being pretty good friends at around that same time. idk if it’s who is viewing your profile or whose profile your viewing bc i view his a ton. but if it was whose profile your viewing, that would be completely against privacy rights on fb’s part.

  • fgrr

    not that it really matters but when suggesting friends to some1, u get recommended suggestions
    i think those people clicked on his/her profile

  • kava

    Found something new to try. Edit Profile>Friends and Family. Look down where the “friend” list is located, it shows 3 profile pictures. If you keep refreshing you will notice it’s the same 7-10 people. Crush shows up on this list, but he’s only on LB10 and MO5-10 sporatically. Odd

    • facebook overload

      For me the 3 pics is the same old crap as LSB10, etc.

      Lately I’m getting the annoying meaningless truly random lists more often than the usual most-interaction group. So now I know: I dislike both versions of LSB10. Is it time to walk away from Facebook? I’m tired of seeing my crush’s exes on his page, I’m tired of seeing my exes on my page, I’m tired of seeing randoms I don’t give a crap about on my page, I’m even sick of seeing my friends’ faces. LOL.

  • meh

    I’m doing an experiment right now to figure out once and for all about MO5. My crush was in my MO5 but disappeared. He was away for a week though, but I also stopped viewing his profile. So I didn’t know if it was because I stopped viewing his or he stopped viewing mine. For a few days I’ve been going on someones profile who I know but don’t talk to on facebook ever and I’m going to see if they show up in my MO5.. it’s the only way to figure it out. I know the person wouldn’t be viewing my profile.

  • fawhjigfh

    facebook is def readin this
    idk if u read my method b4 but b4 u used to hover over ur friends pic and click x mutual friends then people u may know
    there was a list there
    now its deleted

  • Pattie

    I have been wondering about this and thought I would search to find out why. It is interesting the people that come up on my list and also scary that some are up there all the time. I actually tested this to see what happens. I have very little interaction with anyone on FB as far as visiting pages, commenting, liking, etc. So my list has to be mostly compiled with those that interact with me or view my page. I proved this theory after watching the trends. My list was the same for a day after continuous refreshing and then I posted some new pics. The list changed and I notices that those that made comments and were actually online on a physical computer, not their phone, showed up in my list. One particular person that mostly shows up first has to be because I visit his page the most of anyone on FB and we message each other a lot, so I do interact with him more. However, another group of people keep showing up and I am never on their pages and hardly ever have anything to say to them, especially not in no month and a half. So, they have to be frequent visitors of my page.

  • ppp

    I have been wondering about this and thought I would search to find out why. It is interesting the people that come up on my list and also scary that some are up there all the time. I actually tested this to see what happens. I have very little interaction with anyone on FB as far as visiting pages, commenting, liking, etc. So my list has to be mostly compiled with those that interact with me or view my page. I proved this theory after watching the trends. My list was the same for a day after continuous refreshing and then I posted some new pics. The list changed and I notices that those that made comments and were actually online on a physical computer, not their phone, showed up in my list. One particular person that mostly shows up first has to be because I visit his page the most of anyone on FB and we message each other a lot, so I do interact with him more. However, another group of people keep showing up and I am never on their pages and hardly ever have anything to say to them, especially not in no month and a half. So, they have to be frequent visitors of my page.

  • Angie

    This doesnt happen to me. My 10 friends that randomly show up are people I havnt talked to in about a month or so, or I don’t know them. I havnt even been on their pages either. Most of them I have classes with so I just talk to them that way. Now if I go on someones page I wont see myself on theirs, I dont know what itll be like for them.

  • Kara80

    I’ve been visiting this page for sometime now to try and work out whether there’s anyway of knowing who actually looks at my profile the most. The one person I really want to know is my ex. He’s been on my MO5 for weeks now and appears on my LSB10 now and again (which I think is due to when he’s logged on and online). I don’t ever visit his profile page so it can’t be me viewing his page the most. The only other reason for this is maybe it’s due to the limited ‘public interaction’ we’ve had. I’ve not liked any of his statuses for a long time and don’t comment either. But I have clicked into the comments to read them on the news feed page. He’s made comments on my statuses sporadically. So can he be the one visiting my profile page the most hence he’s in my MO5 all the time??

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  • Mpmp

    I think it’s the combination of the public interactions and those who used to stalk your profile and you used to do the same for their profile at some point, even if that is long time a go!! as it is obvious, we all have this “EX” appearing in our friend’s sidebar and we don’t know if he is still stalking us or he just appears because we had some interactions with eachother at some point in the past !!!…I broke up 2 years ago…the last time I wrote on his wall was 3months ago and the last time I stalked his profile was almost a month ago!..and all the commenting and stuff stopped 5 months ago..yet, he is appearing in my sidebar almost every other day!!..I’m positive that he used to stalk me up untill March (5 months ago),..but I REALLY like to know if he is still stalking me or not!!! someone answers me please!!!

  • Kanut

    @Mpmp: He is still stalking you day and night. No doubt. He is simply crazy about you and can’t control it.

  • bh

    Not sure about this. I VERY frequently visit one of my friends page and I don’t show on her list of friends. When I say VERY, I’m talking stalker-like…

    • fewg

      u dont stalk that person enuf

  • BH

    Not sure about this. I VERY frequently visit one of my friends page and I don’t show on her list of friends. When I say VERY, I’m talking stalker-like…

  • Anon

    I’ve been following this for awhile. I think the M05 is when you visit someone’s profile page, no matter how long you stay on the page. I have a dummy fb account, and if I go and visit someone’s profile page through that, they will show up immediately on the M05 on my real account, probably because of IP numbers? I’ve tested this on a few people that I know have not been on fb for awhile and on people that are, and it’s always the same.

  • Mindfucker

    The latest experiment I’m conducting:

    So I just saw on News Feed an interchange between Mr. Crush and one of my “rivals” for his affections (actually a nice girl I am semi-distant FB friends with). Rival Girl is going to be in his city this weekend and he jumps on her post to ask her how long and to tell her to call him when she’s there. He and I were never an official item (an extended fling, basically, because he was moving) and he now lives thousands of miles away and life has moved on, so this is not really any kind of slight or ‘diss’ to me. I, actually, am just kind of “meh” about it— of course it’s not what I’d *prefer* to see happen, but I sort of knew it would, have no ill will, blah blah blah…

    *****BUT***** as long as I’ve known this guy, he has always used jealousy as a game of some sort– either to test my mettle, or my feelings, or to manage expectations, or whatever his purposes. And even though he left weeks ago and we were never serious, he continues to do a lot of commenting and “liking” on my page, more than he ever did before he left and often kind of randomly, like an old photo he’d sort of have to dig for on my page. It’s kind of sweet in a way because it makes it very clear I’m on his mind, and almost like he’s wanting to show me that. (As opposed to something I just posted is thrown in his face and he’s bored so may as well “like” it.) Nonetheless, reality is what reality is, he’s basically a “player”, and a relationship is not likely to ever happen. But I guess there’s a bit of lingering fantasy on both sides. In the history of our Facebook correspondence, it’s always followed a pattern:

    -he posts something that could make me jealous on his own or someone else’s page
    -he suddenly reappears on my LSB10 or MO10 or both (sometimes both MO5′s at the same time; sometimes all three at the same time). Same day or, sometimes, within minutes
    -he comments or “likes” something on my page soon after

    I’ve interpreted this pattern to indicate he’s looking for my reaction and, if he doesn’t see one readily apparent, he reminds me of his existence to maybe make me check his page (like in case I missed the initial jealousy-provoking post). Either that or he wants to “reassure” me of his interest (but I don’t presume that). But more importantly for this discussion, I’ve interpreted this pattern to indicate a real-time correlation between the person viewing your page and showing up on your LSB10 or MO5.

    So we’ll see if today’s interchange produces similar results. I’ve got my “Refresh” finger ready. LOL.

  • Mindfucker

    Oh!!! And forgot to mention that “Rival Girl” is a total fixture on my MO10 and PYMK3 for the last few weeks. Even though I don’t view her page very often and we only have a very occasional public interaction (and only one exchange of private messages a while back). My theory: she has noticed Mr. Crush’s increased posts on my page, maybe didn’t know about me before, but it’s been occurring to her that he and I might have had something going on before he left. She —at least to my knowledge!— has never been his girlfriend or had any “claim” on him like that, but it’s possible they, too, had a casual “thing” before he left. Dunno. She likes almost everything he posts, I restrain myself a lot more. He was very public about “liking” a bunch of her stuff before he left, and his comments to her were much more indicative of overt interest, whereas I was always more of a “secret”. She is a flawless model several years my junior and about twice my height so probably makes for a good “armpiece” out & about, whereas I like to think I’m the better “____piece” for indoors ;)

  • kiwi

    yo new feature, url: find-friends/ browser/

    keep on refreshing the page. the mutual friend suggestions in the left column make a total list of 10 people.

    this one list is wow.

  • Foxy Vixen

    @Kiwi, Confused. When I go to the “find friends” browser, I don’t see a list of 10 people on a left column. All I see is the list of “people you may know” underneath the FB settings of “choosing to communicate with friends.”

  • 11128

    @BH: the thing you see in you own profile page (in terms of sidebar) is different from what other ppl see!! so, you don’t see yourself in your friends sidebars (those whom you stalk the most)but they probably see you in their sidebar quite frequently!

  • Jassi

    u r dead ryt…. its nt even 15 its d sam 10 people who are showing up again n again even after I refreshed for like 10 or so times.

  • kiwi

    @foxy vixen > when you open the page, you will only find 2 or 3 names in that column which you can mark, in order to browse potential mutual friends. in my case if i keep refreshing that page a couple of times, only 9 different names will appear total.

    i’m very curious about that selection, which apparently has very little to do with the absolute number of personal friends.

    imho, it must be a mix of mutual profile page views/public comments/attended events/mutual likes. i don’t see any other reason why those names would appear.

    • anon

      For me, it’s the people who I interact with the most. The people who post on my wall/I post on their wall/comments on posts/tagged in pictures with

      • Anonymous

        thing is, in my case, among those 9 people (which all appear in the MO5), i never had neither ‘public interaction’ with 2 of them (that surprisingly also never pop up in the friend sidebar), neither ‘private interaction’ (pm, chat, etc) apart from mutual attended events and common likes. so it’s either view-based or interest-based.

  • kiwi

    *the absolute number of ‘mutual’ friends. (not ‘personal’)

  • Person

    Okay, I posted some stuff a while back. Man, this thread has really taken off! Anyway, I’ve been checking back and doing some reading and am now just going to give a little piece of new information I picked up. I have a new crush! A much more realistic crush, and I’m pretty sure they are interested back. This is a person I just started working with a few months ago.

    Anyway, one boozy night I decided to go ahead and friend them on facebook and he accepted pretty much right away. I had already checked his limited profile out a few times before we became friends. Some pictures and stuff that were available for viewing. I don’t really remember if I looked at his page that night he accepted my request, but I know he looked at my page because the next day at work he was asking me about something I had posted a couple of weeks before. So, he had definitely been doing a little browsing on my page.

    Okay, the very same day his picture shows up regularly in my MO5. Still does after about a week or so. I was surprised it took less than 24 hours for his picture to appear there and at this point we have had no public interaction whatsoever. We also don’t have many mutual friends. Point is, the MO5, at least in some cases has nothing to do with public interaction but everything to do with who has been checking out your page/whose page you’ve been checking out. Still hard to say which direction that goes, but there you have it.

  • 11128

    @Person. the MO5 goes both way!! exactly 50-50..those who have been visiting your profile very recently and those YOU visited very recently.the thing that is driving us nuts is the mystery behing this “friends sidebar”!! no one has really been able to discover how it works!is there really any relation between this sidebar and your stalkers???

  • Foxy Vixen

    @Kiwi: Ok then, you were referring to the People You May Know or PYMK3. Yes, I agree with you. So far it seems to be a constant number of friends. It rotates between 10 to 15 people for me and I have over 1200 FB friends! Needless to say, Mr. Crush shows up there. He also shows up on the MO5 with great regularity.

    The thing that’s now driving me bonkers is the new Chat Window. As you may have noticed it picks random people (whether online or idle). It seems the list of people on that new Chat window is pretty consistent with the LSB10 (or the ten friends on the left side bar). Mr. Crush doesn’t appear there for me anymore as we hardly ever have any public interactions on FB. For about two weeks he showed up on my new Chat window! However, just yesterday he disappeared from the new Chat window :(

    Mr. Crush continues to show up on my MO5 and PYMK3. Does that mean he is checking my profile and updates? I’m not sure. Regardless, I just want to know where this is all going to end up. If he doesn’t follow through soon, I’m going to be sorely disappointed.

    @MF, are you sure you and I aren’t twins separated at birth? Your story is almost identical to mine. We should get together and write a book about our experiences. ;)

    • geg

      mr crush disappeared from my chat windows also =[

    • Mindfucker

      Foxy Vixen– ha! Has your Mr. Crush moved far away too?

  • kiwi

    i’m wondering also if there’s some sort of conversion rate, in the likes of google ads -eg. a ratio between (the number of times you clicked on a link from someone) / (all the links that appear on your page from that person).

    i’m still not so sure about mutual profile views, and that would explain why certain names, even though they don’t appear that often,

  • Sonoma

    I totally noticed that… so i looked it up on yahoo answers and it said that it was who you click on the most often. but on closer inspection i relized that was bullshit. because like you said theres alot more people i fb creep on more often than the ones on the list. i dont have a problem with being able to see who likes to be on my profile. i think its kinda funny and not really a big deal… and i dont have an issue with being on someone else’s list either. thats basicly what facebook is.. EVERYONE creeps on EVERYONE. if you dont want everyone to know your shit, Dont put it on your profile. On my list i have 3 of my best friends but i dont really communicate with them over fb, this guy i have a crush on:), 2 old friends i havent talked to in MONTHS. 1 random chick ive only talked to like once in my life… O.o, and my sisters boyfriend. HAHHAHHA

  • Foxy Vixen

    @Geg, Is your Mr. Crush still showing in PYMK3 or MO5? My Mr. Crush is on both of mine. If yours is still on either of those two places you are still in the running. :)

    Has anyone else here experienc a change in their chat window lately? Wondering why Geg and I have ‘lost’ our crushes from our respective Chat windows. :(

    • rwger

      ya hes still on PYMK3 or MO5
      he doesnt log in as much as b4

    • geg

      ya hes still on PYMK3 and MO5
      he doesnt log in as much as b4

  • Foxy Vixen

    @Geg, my guy was online last night when he knew I would be. Funny thing is I had to use the chat presence link to find out because my new Chat side bar wasn’t listing him at all (either online or off!) :(

  • ela

    @Foxy, my crush disappeared from my chat window a few days ago too. He was there for about two weeks like you said. However, he is still first on the research bar and on PYMK3 and M05. but he is there a little less frequently and hasn’t been online much in the last week becuz he’s a football player and I know they’ve been really busy practicing recently becuz the first game is soon. Also, I haven’t updated my wall in about 2 weeks so it’s possible that if he was checking it b4, he is checking less frequently now becuz it prob looks like i haven’t been online in 2 weeks. I should also add that over the past 3-4 months, i’ve only checked his page a few times and we have virtually no fb interaction (just occasional texts, the last one about a month ago i ignored haha) so i wonder if he’s disappearing bcuz i’m checking him less or he’s checking me less. he still never disappears from PYMK3 or MO5 or research bar though and he’s been on my MO5 for as long as i can remember.
    Also about 2 weeks ago, a friend from my university who I know he is aquatinted with posted a messg on my wall and the very nxt day, they became fb friends. They only have a few mutual friends making me think that he was possibly checking up on my profile and friend requested her while he was there. but I am wondering why he disappeared from chat.

  • geg

    since all out crushes disappeared from our chat we can conclude he/she stalks us, right? =D

  • cher

    My crush disappeared from my chat sidebar as well. :( It was so fun enlarging the screen and only seeing him there every single time I tried it. Also, my deceased aunt and my brother disappeared as well. And I know neither of them are on fb (my aunt for obvious reasons) and I know my brother and my crush are both not available to chat. They have been replaced with the same old randoms that are in the LSB10. This irritates me. I also no longer have the MFBYHP5 at the top either.

    He is still on my MO5 and PYMK3 though. But I also know he hasn’t been on FB much lately, if at all.

    Now I spent a lot of time on this. I wrote down ALL of the names that come up ALWAYS on the MO5, and those who come up on the PYMK3. There were 20 names who consistently came up on MO5 and 12 names who came up on PYMK3. I can say that out of those 12 people, there are about 10 of them who I KNOW look at my stuff because they either comment or say something to me in person about my pictures or whatever. So I can only assume that since crush is in PYMK3, that he too visits my page often.

    Only thing is, I think he may have a g/f now, and that is why he hasn’t been active on fb lately. :(

  • kava

    Anybody else have on their home page their ‘games’ and ‘apps’ page change? When I used to go to ‘apps’ (even if just to get the MFBYHP, now disabled,to pop up)I would have about 6 people listed at the bottem along with the apps were using. Now it shows a bunch of apps along with horizontal list (like the MO5/10) amd says “these friends have used such-and-such app”. I don’t like this new format at all. Although crush does show as #1 on the few apps he uses, it sucks! My ‘game’ page acessed from the home page also appears like this, hate it!

    Still getting the same 3 or 4 people in ‘tagged photos’ tho, especially when I KNOW a lot more of my friends have been tagged and even the one’s that I tag myself are not showing on the right side ‘tagged photo’.

    I really think FB is monitoring this site…hmmmm

    • tferg

      game page is still the same for me
      im using chrome 172% zoom

  • cher

    @ kava: yes, I have noticed that the apps screen has changed, and it IS annoying (you hear that FB?? lol) You can take yourself out of that so your name doesn’t show, but it is pointless. I already know which friends use which apps, because they post the stuff all the time! So why do I need to know who used what app, and how long ago??

    Something odd happened to me today. I kept refreshing my screen, trying to get the PYMK3 link to come up. (and it wouldn’t….it only kept bringing up events). The few times it DID come up, it would show me 2 people who “you may know”. When I clicked on “mutual friends” guess who was the only friend we had in common?? My crush. This happened 4 times that I tried it. FOUR! So why not show me some friends of my 300+ other friends? Why just him? hmmmmmmmm.

  • fdwef

    instead of games page go to game REQUESTS
    see anything? ;P

  • 11128

    It’s been 3 days that my Ex has disappeared from “friend’s list sidebar” :(does that mean that he’s stalking my profile less now?..(still on Mo5, although this Mo5 changes everytime I refresh the page..)and still on the chat bar as well (although I never appear online!!!!!).
    P.S, I don’t have the habit of stalking ppl’s profile! so these lists (chat bar, sidebar, MO5) can’t be ME stalking them!!!anyone any idea???

  • 11128

    It’s been 3 days that my ex has disappeard from that friend’s list side bar! :(.does that mean that he’s stalking me less now?he’s stil on my MO5, although this Mo5 changes everytime I refresh the page. he’s on the chat bar as well although I never appear online on chat.
    P.S, I don’t have the habit of stalking, not for him not for anyone else!
    anyone, any idea??

  • 2108

    If I go on ‘friends’ and use then the option showing them on blog not the alphabetic order the you can realize something. First, it’s divided in two sections. In my case I have 40 friends, in 15 and 25. The 15 are the first. Then the breach and the other 25 are shown.

    The first 15 come up in the order how they visit my profil. How can I say that. I had some time to check that. If I do something: these people wrote, liked or were there. I know because we where connected by other networks too, like Skype where we spoke. So I could follow if they visit my profil.

    Concerning the other 25 people it’s nearly the same system. But these are people who I do not often interact with me. The order of them shows me who has been the last on my site. That person is No. 16 if you count further after the first 15.

    It sounds crazy but it definitively is working in that way. Maybe I can say that because of my less friends. And the system works different by more than 100 freinds. But for my case, I can say it’s true. Also, it’s not stalking, paranoia or something like that. It’s only my interest in the system. Try to find out by your friend list. It’s fun.

    One last thing. The person who is ‘on’ right now is shown as the first person in your left friends list. So refresh and try all … :)

    • frtg

      if u refresh the order changes
      explain

    • frtg

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  • kava

    @2018: that def cannot be right because there are two DEAD people in my first 15 on ‘friends in block view’.

    I will say there is sometype of algo to the block view, perhaps like a 1 then skip 2, viewer/poster, 3 then skip 2, viewer/poster, 1 then skip 2, viewer/poster.

    I will say I think in the mo5/10 if they show up in BOTH, they are/were on you’re page.

    crush always, always pm’s me. But the few times he actually posted ON MY WALL, he was on MO 5/10 simultaniously.

  • Naomi

    I feel like it’s possible also that if we stalk someone’s page a lot but don’t have public interaction with them, they will also show up on our friends list. Like…uh there’s one person who is showing up on my 10 friends who I don’t think I’ve had any contact with in ages, if it all, but I check their fb page fairly frequently. I kindddd of doubt they stalk my page much, but I guess it’s possible. However, it seems more likely that it’s showing a person I often creep on. :P The other people on my 10 friends all seem to correlate to people who go on my page and such, but I have also looked on their pages a lot.

  • Anonymous

    What I find most interesting is that a while back I mentioned I post YouTube videos and is connected to my Facebook. A girl added me to Facebook as she came across me on YouTube. Ever since then, I have noticed this one random friend of hers, someone I never see her talk to. In her photographs, some of them this girl on my list is in. Therefore she’s in the same class as this person I’m guessing or school.

    Anyway, she keeps appearing in the search bar under a specific letter, in fact two specific letters. I was interested as to why this random girl keeps showing up under these two letters. To make it clear, I had never viewed her profile ever, haven’t a clue as to who she is, never viewed her profile before all this and no interaction obviously. Ask yourself this question, do Facebook show you recommendations in your search bar list? No! because it was designed to show you mostly who you’ve either interacted with or who you’ve no doubt viewed.

    Sometimes when you view peoples pages, they show up under the search bar list at the top under specific letters. Like I had two celebrities from a television series show there, but that’s because I viewed both those celebrities pages on Facebook. They eventually disappeared though, fairly quickly. I have mentioned previously that a friend on my list, his friend constantly shows up under two specific letters and is always there. This was someone I had NEVER viewed or interacted with. She’s there constantly, in fact mostly listed as number 1 under a specific letter.

    The people who show under my MO5, even my Left friends side bar on my profile, those are people who seem common to show under this search bar list as well. So there’s definite evidence there that the search bar list is people who you partially view, but those you view, they tend to disappear a lot. The girl I was talking about, who is a friend of that girl that added me from YouTube on Facebook, that random girl showing up, I had been frequently visiting her page interested to who she was. After viewing her page several times, I noticed she started to change her privacy of her photo’s, I also caught a glimpse of something new that showed under her photo’s, a Facebook stalker top list picture, you know the kind I’m talking about.

    The whole thing seems very suspicious to me, that has to be someone who is definitely viewing my profile, what else could that be. These two girls that show under the four specific letters, I had no previous profile views with them or interaction, both of them switched their privacy on Photo’s slightly so that I could only see 8 photo’s of them. The other one, she changes her picture a lot, this doesn’t mean a thing though. I just find it rather strange, because there’s not a chance they are people I’ve interacted with.

    I suggest if you want to know anything, you look through the search bar list. Ask yourself why that random girl that keeps showing up under two specific letters, ask yourself why none of her other friends are placed there. It’s too obvious.

  • cher

    Every single last time I check the 1st and last initial of my crush, he is ALWAYS at the top of the list. I have noticed that the rest of those who come up are usually the same ones, but they are always in a different order. And this goes for both initials. No matter what, HE is always at the top. Seriously, how can that be????

    This is driving me crazy. But when I check initials of friends who I KNOW viewed my page, they do come up on the top. So this MUST mean he looks at my profile/pictures, right? That is the only conclusion I can come up with as far as the search feature.

    Now I have noticed that if I look for someone using search, they do appear on that list for a little while, but then they drop off. I looked for someone with the same last initial as the crush, and he kept coming up for about a week, but AFTER the crush. HE still remained right on top.

    I wonder sometimes if FB doesn’t somehow figure out who we have a crush on, and do this on purpose so we keep checking and clicking all over the site. Don’t they make more by clicks or something??

  • anonymousJ

    I think many of you want to believe that it is your old crush or that long lost friend but it is just really a list of people that happen to be on your friends list that you once had a fair bit of contact with but the contact is dwindling in comparison or you have never made contact with but happen to be in your friends list – FB wants to encourage you to make contact as that is what keeps it going so they are giving you a nudge or reminder. For example, the person who said they visited a friend’s page regularly but didn’t appear at the top of their list, this is because you have made contact now – go back in a few months and you will see yourself on the left side (but only if there isn’t someone else whose been away longer than you! – Like an ex or something!)

  • kava

    anonymousJ: your theory doesn’t work out right. Lets say I have 210 friends. Out of that 210 there are 7 or 8 I interact with on a regular basis(pm/chat/photo view, ect) both ways (they to me, and me to them). Then there are 20 or so who I intereact with maybe on occasion(likes, events, wall posts, ect). That will leave me 182 friends who are just ‘friends’ in name only. Meaning I fb’d them and that was the END of our FB relationship. I have a lot of work colleagues (maybe 100) and college classroom aqauintances(maybe 50) and some family memebers(20+)and the other random people from highschool, previous jobs, neighbors, ect(10 or so).

    So why is it out of 182 people left of NO COMMUNICATION on fb the SAME 10 so people ALWAYS are showing up EVERYWHERE on my FB page?? And this has been for MONTHS and MONTHS now. If fb was truly random wouldn’t it pool from not just the people I interact with or sometimes interact with but ALL the 182 people left on my friends list??

    Now here is something interesting. My sister who NEVER goes on fb, ever, ever has been showing up on my MO5/10. I had tagged her in a couple of photos and sent her a game request recently. She had told me she was looking a my photo albums on fb a few days ago…hmmm, now she is a regular on MO5/10 while I NEVER go on her page since friending her almost 2 1/2 years ago!

  • mpmp

    @anonymous: your theory about the search bar is very interesting!so, you say those that WE search for in the search bar tend to disappear a lot, but those who search for us alot tend to stick there in the search bar forever!I definitly noticed this pattern that when you search the names with some specific initials, the list that comes up is almost always the same!but I’m really not sure about the direction of the views (we visit them or they visit us!)..there is this girl I searched for lasy year!im pretty sure I have not searched for her recently, but she comes up under that specific initial!this means that she viewd me too? (she is not in my friend list).there are the brothers and sisters of “this guy” that come up too, I have to admit I viewd their limited profile a long time ago, not recently, they also not in my friend list!I highly doubt that they have visited me!. I just think that fb has a very good memory in remebering who you were curious about in the past!I don’t know, very mysterious, very confusing!

  • Me

    I have never had any FB interaction with my crush. Literally the add and that was it. He is always, always on my MO5/10, yet he claims he never goes on FB. I have resisted looking at his profile since I last posted at the begining of Aug, yet still he remains on MO5/10. If he isnt, he is back by one refresh. My chat bar,he is constantly on there. Even though he is never online. The rest of my chat bar are full of people whom I do interact with, as are my LHS friends on profile. He never appears here.

  • Foxy Vixen </