For the past four months Facebook has consistently been recommending one person to me. Unlike some other irregular suggestions this is actually someone I know, but I can’t figure out why Facebook would even know that I know this person.
Back when I still lived in Germany I spent six years doing voluntary work with children. The person Facebook is recommending to me is someone I interacted with on a weekly basis during this time with them being a fully employed member of staff. We co-organised trips, weekly groups and holiday events.
I don’t have many people from Germany on my Facebook profile. There are a couple I went to school with and a handful others from various groups of friends. They all don’t know each other or, even if they did, aren’t friends on Facebook. None of them has that person as a Facebook friend.
I changed my email address from Yahoo to Gmail in early 2004. I have never emailed that person with my Gmail account, they wouldn’t know my Gmail address and I don’t even remember my Yahoo login details. I also don’t have that person in my email contacts.
There are eight pages I ‘like’ on Facebook which mostly includes projects from friends, such as Operation Chastity or White Box Photography and Lost. We aren’t mutual fans on any of those. Additionally, my Facebook profile has barely got any information on it, for example it doesn’t include my hometown or school information.
I cannot figure out why Facebook would recommend that person to me.
Based on several replies on Twitter and in the comments it also can’t be any of the following:
- I use a different and additionally abbreviated name on Facebook.
- My profile is practically hidden.
- My phone number isn’t on Facebook and has changed too much over the years for that person to know it.
- My profile is bare, no hometown information or school information or employment history. Again, I wouldn’t have the same as that person anyway as a vast majority of the work I did with them was on a voluntary basis.