How Does Facebook Suggest Friends in 2021?

People suggestion is the common feature that everyone sees on their Facebook account where most common people are recommended for mutual to add on your friend list.

If you’re looking for the factors that Facebook uses in order to display the friend lists or show you the People suggestions then I will explain in the guide. There are many factors including the people whom you looked upon or who looked into your profile.

Facebook described that there are some basic factors i.e. work, education, activity, friends of friends, etc are counted in order to display the people suggestions on your Facebook. These are not all factors but there are more than these factors that are counted to show you the ‘People you may know’ section.

Now, in this case, most basically the factor that Facebook uses is Mutual friends and suggests their friends. I just looked into the ‘Friends’ tab and then it shows the ‘People you may know’ option and the friends it suggests only based on the mutual friends, obviously, there might be other friends as well depending on your work office, location, colleges, and these factors as well taken in the count to show the people suggestions on your Facebook friends.

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In this article, I just listed all factors that Facebook uses to determine suggested friends and then explained deep inside the factors.

1. Mutual Friends

I just look into the section and that basically uses mutual friends as a factor to suggest people. You can also find some unknown people too. The people you might see in the “People you may know” section, Facebook thinks can be mutual friends of your current friends as well, so that you can also connect with them too on Facebook.

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So, the friends of your Facebook friends will be visible to you in your “People you may know” section and you can connect with them by sending them a friend request or by direct messages. Facebook wants you to connect with more people and thus you can increase your Facebook friends and spend with more people on Facebook. In fact, this is one of the most common reasons behind the people’s suggestions that you got on your Facebook account.

It is not necessary that you will only see the people you may know in the Facebook timeline, that present in the ‘Friends’ section. To add any of them to your Facebook account you just need to send them a friend request and wait for their response.

2. If they had your Contact number Saved

You may have wondered about the “People you may know” section on your Facebook account. The suggestion for those people is given by Facebook and it depends upon various aspects.

One of these aspects includes the people who already have your contact number saved in their Phonebook. Therefore, any person who has your contact number in their contacts, will be visible in the “People you may know” section on your Facebook account as well as on Messenger.

In this way, you can add those people to your Facebook account as well. Even sometimes you might not know when any of your friends have joined Facebook recently. (You can easily send them friend requests whenever you see them in the “People you may know” section.)

3. From your Profile information

The suggestions of people that you might get in the “People you may know” section on Facebook also depend on your personal profile & the information that you have entered in your profile. This personal information can include your city, school, college, your work information, workplace, etc Facebook uses to show people suggestions.

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Facebook finds the people who match with all your personal information by using your personal data and shows them to you in that particular section. If any person from those people catches your attention you can connect with them by sending them a friend request from your Facebook account and if they accept your request, you will become Facebook friends.

Some people find this way really interesting and helpful whether some people might feel that this is creepy. So better you provide better and correct information on your profile so that Facebook can suggest more accurate people to you.

4. Most Recent information

It is clear that Facebook shows you a suggestion of other people by using your personal data which you have entered while making your Facebook account but these suggestions can also depend upon the data of the most recent information that you have posted on your Facebook account.

Sometimes you might need to change some information on your accounts such as change of school, city, college, or any new that happened in your life. Facebook uses all the recently uploaded data and suggests you people that match with the information of yours and allows you to send them a friend request so that you can connect with them and become friends with them.

By using all those suggestions, you can connect with many new people who have similar information or interests on their profiles.

Therefore, it is also important that you should update personal information regularly and tag people on your Facebook account as it may influence your friend’s suggestions.

5. People you Searched on Facebook

Facebook also suggests you those people in the “People you may know” section whom you have searched before from your Facebook account, although it’s not confirmed.

It is possible that you may have searched for some particular person from your account and you are not friends with them. Those people can also be shown in that section in the future so that you can become friends with them. Now, this happens only if that person in your circle, like the profile information matches as I described.

However, there are just a few possibilities for this to happen, and only some people that you have searched for appear in your friend’s suggestion. This might be a great opportunity if you are looking for a person that you are no longer in contact with. Facebook might collect the information that you have searched for that person and will show that particular person in the “People you may know” department of Facebook.

You can just play a trick just by adding similar information or profile interest you can show up on that person’s friends suggestions as you searched him.

6. Who Looked at your Facebook Profile

It is mentioned that Facebook suggests to you people that you have searched before from your account. In the same way, the people who have searched or looked at your Facebook profile from their accounts can also be suggested in your “People you may know” section and if there are no mutual friends for such people then you can be sure of that. But still, it can be the factors of profile information that you have to confirm by seeing at their profile.

Therefore a few profiles that have searched for your profile will also be recommended to you for sending them a friend request. But there is a possibility that you may not know those people so it can be quite hard for you to identify people from that list of suggestions.

Note: It is highly advised that you should only connect with the people whom you actually know as the people on your Facebook friends, who may have the access to all the personal information that you have entered on your Facebook profile.

The Bottom Lines:

This article explained the factors that are counted in order to show the People suggestions and these are the factors that Facebook uses for displaying the people you may know section.

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