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    Who Is Stalking You On Facebook? Who Is Your Biggest Fan?
    By Ed Chen | February 4th 2011 06:56 PM | 194 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Ed is an NGO representative to the United Nations for the Lawyer's Committee on Nuclear Policy. He is a Columbia College graduate (Cum Laude; Departmental...

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    Facebook has always been plagued with privacy issues, such as revealing to third parties personal information which may be used to sell you goods and services.  While to some, this may seem like an invasion, I like it when people try to sell me things, and I have no problem saying no.  However, there is a far more insidious algorithm embedded in facebook.  By a few refreshes and a few clicks, you can easily see who has most recently been looking at your facebook profile, down to a timeframe of 36 hours, as well as who your overall top stalkers are.  Of course, they may not be exactly stalking you, but they are watching you. 

    There are three methods to determine who looks at you the most, and these methods are all probabilistic rather than deterministic.  The first method is to refresh your profile page and see which friends appear again and again on your profile.  Typically, these are the people who look at your profile the most over a given time period.

    The second method is to invite every one of your friends to an event.  When you look at the three categories of people: 1) people who have accepted your invitation 2) people who are still waiting to reply, 3) people who have rejected your invitation, you can see the top 5 people who appear are the top 5 people in each category who look at your profile or pictures.

    The third method is to type in the first letter of each character in the alphabet on the search bar.  You will see that the first name which appears is either likely the last person you looked at, or if that is not the case, it was the last person who looked at you. 

    These three methods can be tested quite simply.  Just talk to that person who has been looking at you again and again and you will probably find an unexpected reaction, positive or negative, it will be strong.  You can also test this by sending someone an email and many times, before they even bother to reply to you, they will look at your profile and you will see their name pop up on the name bar as your last looker.

    Finally, you can just set up a few accounts, or ask your friends to look at your profile to see if I'm accurate.

    Even more scary, if you look at facebook's friend suggestions, more often than not those are people who you don't know who recently looked at your profile.  If you see someone who does not share any mutual friends with you, then you better watch out, because you might have a stalker on your hands.

    As of today, I believe you will find that I am correct.  However, who knows how long it will be before someone on facebook reads this article and asks the managers to change these settings.  However, given facebooks long history of furtively violating our privacy, how much can you really trust the Harvard Undergrads who cut each other's throats to get to the top (See facebook the movie)?  Remember what brought down friendster?  -- the window which showed you who last looked at your profile.  ONce people know that you know they are stalking you, then the entire system collapses.  But the difference between Friendster and Facebook is that Facebook is not so honest to tell you who the last people who looked at you were, but they do it none the less.

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    Do you have any numbers to back this up? It sounds like unsubstantiated speculation to me, which has no place on a science site.

    Rumours of ways of finding out who is looking at your profile have been passed around for years, and they are usually thoroughly debunked by independent research and denied by Facebook. Do you have anything new to offer? Have you come up with a valid methodology and done some research, or are you just parroting rumours?

    This is so false its not even funny- We have tested this numerous times from numerous accts. Its impossible. The :"refreshing" option seems to be one hat is subjected at making SUGGESTIONS to you from face bok. In other words the top 5 people that appear are the people who have recently done something new to their profile, even something small that doesn't advertise.#2 it also seems that its facebook's way of generating attention and communication through people who have recently added friends or joined a new group. Face book wants you to see these people and utilize the network. We tested it out over and over with a tn of different profiles. To be 100% we had people that hardly ever use face book or even look at other profiles test this with us. The minute they started becoming more "active" and that DOES NOT mean looking at profiles (because we tested) but just moving around within their own page....then they would start to show up again in top 5" s or whatever . Also in the search bar seems to be the same thing , there is no basis for any of the above info. What its doing is making people more active on facebook to create some paranoid illusion they have a stalker. And yes Freindster had the "who viewed you" option and hey were open about it. There isn't a chance in h*ll Facebook folks would be so silly as to allow this. Its computerize randomness people...but it does cause quite the stir and has people checking their facebook s everyday right ?

    It is so true. It is bs. I talked to computer wiz guys and they understand and figure that it is impossible for one to see who is cyber stalking you on facebook. Notifications don't even tell you that.

    I'm a "computer whiz" myself - being not only a programmer but a data miner. And let me tell you right now, it is certainly possible. The only question is.. can they get away with it.

    I posted this story earlier today. Have a looksee.

    A user i spoke with earlier today accused them of this very thing and FACEBOOK RESPONDED with this: “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. ”

    BULLSHIT. Like you, I also notice the EXACT same 20 people showing up in rotation and while most of them i interact with, there are several i DO NOT interact with. Nor do we share much in common (we may share 1 mutual friend or even 0. We don’t like the same things etc) However, they are ALWAYS in the top 5.

    Here is something else interesting..

    So there is one guy who keeps showing up in my hovercard. We don’t interact mainly because he doesn’t like to post anything on facebook. So i thought “what’s the likelihood that he’s looking at my page a lot?” So i did the reverse experiment. I started looking at HIS page a lot. I mean A LOT. I made a point of clicking on it two or three times a day. And suddenly he was ALWAYS on my hovercard. Even more than before. Which strongly suggests they’re tracking MY clicks in relation to my own card. I stopped doing this and went back to ignoring him and within a few days he went back to showing up on the hovercard about as much as he did before the experiment.

    Now consider this too. He always shows up on my hover card at certain times of the day. The same times of day he’s most likely to be home and online.

    I sound like a huge stalker right now but that wasn’t why i did this. I wanted to honestly know why on earth these certain people are showing up over and over again (and not only over and over again but at certain times of day) when i have NOTHING, facebook-wise, to do with them.

    My question is why. Is facebook some kind of giant sandbox for click-monitoring? How many other sites are doing this? Is there another explanation for someone i never interact with, share nothing in common with and have no mutual friends with ALWAYS showing up on the hovercard (and anyone who says coincidence is dumb. Sit down and calculate the likelihood of that happening to someone with a normal amount of friends in their master list.)

    Please, tell me what other explanation there is. Don't try to tell me i'm not seeing what i'm clearly seeing. I've been analyzing this for quite some time now. Don't tell me it's a coincidence because that would be dumb.

    I tried using firebug to take a better look at the code that runs this thing (i'm assuming there is at least SOME javascript at work here - though unfortunately firebug doesn't let you peek at any db queries in the server side script... too bad!) and i was actually unable to view anything within the hovercard as it closes as soon as you mouse off. So I can't say for absolute sure. But common sense says something weird is afoot.

    I have the same thoughts about the 20 re-occurring faces popping up on my facebook account too, but they are faces of people I no longer interact with, and some are childhood friends who I still stay in touch with. Although, there are some people who's page I visit everyday and they never come up as any of the 20 faces. I'm not saying you are wrong, I think you are probably right after all the effort you put in on analyzing this. I'm just curious to see if anybody knows why the ones you do "stalk" don't come up amongst the 20 faces.

    Can I find out the last 5 people that used my computer to go on facebook, the dates and times?
    thank you
    D

    Hank
    Only if you get a job at Facebook or put a sniffer on your computer.
    ah wait hold on now.. not quite so fast to dismiss.. They're asking if there is a way to see who's had an active login lately? Not impossible..

    There is one way but it's not something you can do through facebook, from what i can tell.

    You may have some sort of autocomplete turned on. In which case you can start typing characters in and see who pops up. This doesn't help MUCH but it DOES let you know what usernames or email addresses have been cached recently.. that's a start. Not the laziest or quickest or most accurate way of finding out the info you're looking for but definitely a start..

    though i appreciate what Quinn suggests, but i think there's another easier way, i guess, to monitor who's been logging in to facebook or any other sites whatever it is...and that u can do by simply installing a keylogger software in your pc which will record almost all of the keystrokes that's been typed ever after its installation....And the more interesting thing is that it works as totally being undetectable...the victim cant even have any clue that hez being monitored by sm1......no1 cant even find any traces of it in the running processes lists (at task manager) also....

    I just wanted to say... I have noticed this for a long time too on my own page--- hence me googling the topic to see what I could find. You're post was interesting.

    His post was a load of crap. It's embarrassing (and a constant source of annoyance to me) that he hasn't deleted it yet from this site, which is supposedly about science. He's happily enjoying the hits from his speculation and falsehoods.

    Facebook has a vested interest in trying to get you to re-connect with people you've had nothing to do with for years. It *wants* you to hang around on Facebook. It plays on your hopes and dreams, and dredges up the oldest, least-likely connections to suggest - because these are the ones which will grab your interest, and hopefully get you to stick around. This sort of speculation only helps that. It's a classic - and obvious - lie.

    I'm disgusted with Ed for not removing this post ages ago, and equally disgusted that it keeps getting him traffic.

    Why are you mouthing off at him without any proof? Give us some proof if you got it.. This guy has given us some ideas to test and work with., and you come along and TRY to discredit him with nothing except empty words. With no backup at all !

    Whenever someone has something to promote I always say, let's look at what possible motive s/he could have, and if there's none, and s/he makes good sense, it's got a high probability of being true. Now, I can't see what possible motive this guy has, can you?

    Don't tell me he's going for points on science20.com because that's pretty lame for someone of his professional standing (unless he's made it up, but that's all checkable and I checked ... AND, there is an Ed Chen who looks exactly like him, with exactly the same professional qualifications as the writer of this post has claimed), and besides, it'll all backfire back on him if he's lying, wouldn't it?

    Now with all the gossip on youtube.com about how Facebook is just another medium of our intelligence organisations, I would probably bet that their accessibility to "cyber-stalking" is DEFINITELY in their interests (that is, the intelligence agencies') to spy on anyone they're interested in that could be a terrorist for example or a threat to them. That makes a lot more sense, doesn't it ? Please present us with some counter-proof if you have it.

    If this cyber-stalking 'hack' is a reality then FACEBOOK USERS SHOULD BE TOLD ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS AN UNKNOWN DANGER TO THEM because apart from terrorists being targeted, so could good people, by anyone who knows the 'hack'.. Everyone should do the testing that Mr. Ed Chen suggested and see if he's right. And state their resultss.

    Because this is a science site, not a conspiracy theory site, and science bloggers should be held to some kind of standard. In science, you don't observe a couple of anecdotes, come up with a theory, and then tell the world it's fact.

    If, as you say, he was just giving us "some ideas to test and work with", he should have said they were just ideas, and needed further investigation. I would just point you to the other counter-examples in this very thread, such as Helen and Hank, but there are heaps of other examples out there too - Facebook has repeatedly said that these methods don't work, and a few blogs like http://www.saltywaffle.com/freaky-friday-trying-to-figure-out-who-is-lur... have set out to debunk these myths. I reacted negatively to the article at the time (I "mouthed off", as you say) because lots of blogs had been spreading these myths, never with any sort of evidence that it worked, and a couple of blogs I'd read recently had provided evidence like Hank's and Helen's that the techniques did not work.

    If I try it now, I see my mother-in-law come up a lot, but I know she isn't looking at my profile - she doesn't even know how to sign in to Facebook, and I have to help her check her Facebook and email when we go around for dinner.

    I know, people want to feel loved or needed or that people pay attention to them, and so they like to think this method "proves" that certain people keep checking out their Facebook. It doesn't work - if you want to find out what people think of you, try interacting with them, instead of pretending you've found some cool social media hack.

    What it gets right down to is that not even the slightest bit of investigation has gone on. He's just plucked these techniques out of the air (or read them in some cheap trashy blog) and claimed them as fact - and on a science site, that doesn't fly.

    " if you want to find out what people think of you, try interacting with them, instead of pretending you've found some cool social media hack." thank you!! Finally someone makes sense.

    i am not saying anyone is wrong, but from what i am reading, the only one that has anything to really base his argument is the guy that wrote this article. The only argument presented by the opposing party is an opinion with much offense and too many holes for suggestion. Yes, it is probable that the top people shown on your profile are just people who interact a lot with Facebook or people you interact with, but why ONLY these people, especially the ones you never interact with. Not only that, from the comment above it states "......In other words the top 5 people that appear are the people who have recently done something new to their profile, even something small that doesn't advertise.#2 it also seems that its facebook's way of generating attention and communication through people who have recently added friends or joined a new group. Face book wants you to see these people and utilize the network...." he says "it also seems" making me think he isnt sure what facebook is doing either. I add photos all the time, make friends all the time, and interact with Facebook every day, but i never see myself on anyones top list. It cant be random because more than half the people that pop up "randomly" are the people i interact with the most or the people i assume view my profile the most. One of the guys that pops up the most i rarely interact on facebook but i talk to over the phone. i am sure he likes me more than a friend from the vibe i have been getting, just saying. it seems logical that he is peeping my profile, why wouldnt he? There is obviously some thought process behind this that i cant explain, but i know for a fact there is no other logical answer to this besides what is stated in the article. Then again i dont work for facebook, and i am sure no one commenting on the article does either, but it seems as though the guy in the article is probably right. and even if i did work for facebook i would deny everything this article is saying for my jobs sake. You see what happened to myfriendster. I am not a biased person much less an expert, but it seems as though the article comes up with a solid argument. But i will see by talking to the people that may find me attractive and that seem to be viewing my profile the most without even mentioning what was discussed here to see the reaction and to debunk any myth. I will tell you if they really like me or hate me enough to be viewing my profile either out of love or jealousy or see if they even care to write back. i Will find out and i will tell yall what happens so as long as yall show interest in what i am saying.

    This is very very very TRUE. Test it for yourselves before you decide because I have very valid evidence that backs this up but it's only available for me and me stalker.

    Just believe in this comment and in this post because it's completeley true and I'm glad someone else noticed =)

    Thanks you for reading and believing

    Question. How did a non-friend (a guy I was interested in) know that I was looking at his fb Page? I would not pop up on his top 5 friends list.

    Yaa it could be the probability that facebook algo has been set like that.

    Cause the friends appearing most of the time at your friends tab may be but definitely the one looking for you most....

    No proof could be given but it could be the method to bring two knowing people together.....

    That what the only policy of facebook...
    may be above article can create illusion but therre is something related to the same we are searching for.......

    Yaa it could be the probability that facebook algo has been set like that.

    Cause the friends appearing most of the time at your friends tab may be but definitely the one looking for you most....

    No proof could be given but it could be the method to bring two knowing people together.....

    That what the only policy of facebook...
    may be above article can create illusion but therre is something related to the same we are searching for.......

    Yaa it could be the probability that facebook algo has been set like that.

    Cause the friends appearing most of the time at your friends tab may be but definitely the one looking for you most....

    No proof could be given but it could be the method to bring two knowing people together.....

    That what the only policy of facebook...
    may be above article can create illusion but therre is something related to the same we are searching for.......

    Okay, simple proof that there is something in this.
    I recently created another facebook profile for a simple reason: since September 2011, I've lost confidence in facebook's settings for 'locking down' my information to friends only, since I've noticed a lot of non-friends walls have been 'leaking' posts since that date (another issue...). So I set up this new account simply to check my real account from 'outside,' as a non-friend, but 'inside' facebook. What happened? The same day the name of this new account appeared amid my 'do you know?' list. I hadn't searched for the new account via my old account. This new account is not friends with anyone. The chances of this being coincidence must be close to absolute zero, or once every other universe. Nice one facebook.

    Now THAT I find interesting. That leads me to believe this a little bit more. Sometimes I make a point to not look at a certain person's facebook for a while to see if they keep popping up, and they do, even if I have very rarely interacted with them in the past. How could facebook know who I'm doing this experiment with? There's no algorithm to "dangle" someone in front of me that I'm interested in.

    WELL - If you have some sort of strange fear of people who you don't know looking at your profile, maybe you should only make friends with the people you do know. :o

    i know all my friends

    what will happen if i do not know most of my friends

    but they add me

    me and my friend do belive this but is it true!!!.

    me and my friend says id this true!!!

    i am not saying anyone is wrong, but from what i am reading, the only one that has anything to really base his argument is the guy that wrote this article. The only argument presented by the opposing party is an opinion with much offense and too many holes for suggestion. Yes, it is probable that the top people shown on your profile are just people who interact a lot with Facebook or people you interact with, but why ONLY these people, especially the ones you never interact with. Not only that, from the comment above it states "......In other words the top 5 people that appear are the people who have recently done something new to their profile, even something small that doesn't advertise.#2 it also seems that its facebook's way of generating attention and communication through people who have recently added friends or joined a new group. Face book wants you to see these people and utilize the network...." he says "it also seems" making me think he isnt sure what facebook is doing either. I add photos all the time, make friends all the time, and interact with Facebook every day, but i never see myself on anyones top list. It cant be random because more than half the people that pop up "randomly" are the people i interact with the most or the people i assume view my profile the most. One of the guys that pops up the most i rarely interact on facebook but i talk to over the phone. i am sure he likes me more than a friend from the vibe i have been getting, just saying. it seems logical that he is peeping my profile, why wouldnt he? There is obviously some thought process behind this that i cant explain, but i know for a fact there is no other logical answer to this besides what is stated in the article. Then again i dont work for facebook, and i am sure no one commenting on the article does either, but it seems as though the guy in the article is probably right. and even if i did work for facebook i would deny everything this article is saying for my jobs sake. You see what happened to myfriendster. I am not a biased person much less an expert, but it seems as though the article comes up with a solid argument. But i will see by talking to the people that may find me attractive and that seem to be viewing my profile the most without even mentioning what was discussed here to see the reaction and to debunk any myth. I will tell you if they really like me or hate me enough to be viewing my profile either out of love or jealousy or see if they even care to write back. i Will find out and i will tell yall what happens so as long as yall show interest in what i am saying.

    Scientific fact or not, she is right. I wondered why the same guy friend kept showing up in my friends box after refreshing, now I know. A pleasant surprise, thanks for enlightening me!!

    I most say, I have to agree with the writer of this article. Especially with method two and three. In fact, it is after noticing those two trends that i began to investigate---leading me here. I have been noticing for about a month or even more that this one particular person keeps popping into my friends box (i have the fbk timeline) every time I log onto Facebook. I tried method two and indeed this person's name is the first to appear. This is even true when i type in the first letter of he/she's last name "L"-- this person's name takes priority over those whose names begin with "L" (suspicious...). I haven't interacted with this person's profile throughout the time i have been keeping track. It doesn't matter how many times i refresh the page in a day, the person is guaranteed to pop up. And i do agree that if a friend does look at your profile a couple of times a day (i.e.3 times) , messaged you, or even interacted with you in any possible way, he/she is guaranteed to be in your friend's box either that day or the next---- I have experimented with this.

    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    The first method is to refresh your profile page and see which friends appear again and again on your profile. Typically, these are the people who look at your profile the most over a given time period.
    I've also been testing this out a bit for a couple of days now and have decided that at least the refreshing profile to find who's been looking at your profile the most, has got to be wrong.

    Today for example one of my sons was at school and the other was still asleep in bed until 3pm after a late night, and yet they were both appearing at the top of the friends list on the LHS under my profile, after I repeatedly refreshed it. One thing's for sure, even if they were online, my facebook page is the last one that they would be looking at either today or over any period of time.
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    Ed Chen
    the refresh takes the last 30-50 people who have looked at your profile.  Depending on how many friends you have, and how many people look at your profile, that could mean anything from 1 day's worth of people to months worth of people.  However, only the people who pop up again and again are the ones who are really looking at you repeatedly.  
    Hank
    I notice one person most persistently in my top 5 because he is dead.  He is certainly not the one in 2,093 looking at me repeatedly over any period of time.
    Ed needs to let this go. It's a load of bunkum.

    Ed Chen
    i am often wrong.  i'm happy if i'm right 51% of the time.
    good evening you hard workers.
    first i would like to thank you for the informations you sited .
    second i have a little question to ask , it is based on the third method of facebook stalkers .
    what if i had a friend who blocked me since 18 months
    when i put in the search bar the first letter of his first name it appears the 4rth in the menu
    when i put the first letter of his middle name he appears the third
    when i put the first letter of his family name he appears the second in the menu
    knowing that he BLOCKED me a long time ago "he is no more my friend" and i have so many friends that their first and middle and family names start with same letters but they appear at the last of the menu ..
    so basing on waht u said , what can i conclude??? it is just a question that i need to confirm its answer.
    thaks for help guys!

    Somebody blocked you but is still on your friends list? That seems bizarre. If such a thing is possible though, it is still a relationship that seems unusual. Which could explain why they're showing up. But that's me reaching a wee bit.

    I think there are A NUMBER of factors that determine who shows up in this list. You'll notice a few people have already claimed that dead people are showing up in their top 5. Though none of them said whether or not THEY are visiting the deceased's page. However, the suspicion that a lot of things determine the top 5 doesn't negate the suspicion that click-monitoring may be one of them. The two aren't mutually exclusive.

    Concerning the "blocked" person showing up in the Search Bar:
    Perhaps they made a new profile with the same name (so they can check up on how you're doing without unblocking their original account - and apparently aren't aware that their visit might be noticed), perhaps they unblocked you or (worst-case scenario) someone else is spoofing his/her name to mess with you (some people are evil that way).
    Here are my own observations regarding the Search Bar results. It lists:

    People's profiles whom I've viewed
    Friends of friends (some may be new FB buds of my friends who have not necessarily viewed my profile. FB may be kindly helping them establish their FB presence with suggestions.)
    People who have searched me directly
    People I may have never met but was CCed on some mass email forward years ago. FB's "Find Friends" email search feature asks users to allow them to search their email for contacts - Personally, I didn't allow FB into my email but I can't control what other people do.Other thoughts:
    "People you might know" page (not the right-column suggestions) works differently from the Search Bar - the two fake profiles and stalker's son have never shown up on this page.
    The 6 friends that show up on the Timeline works differently again. It's a combination of who I view, who views me, did we view each other, toss in a random that neither one of us has viewed the other in a while.

    I'm not sure how long a "stalker" or not-yet-a-friend appears on the list. 36-48 hours sounds plausible before losing rank or disappearing from the Search Bar... unless they revisit.

    I have 140 friends and 12 close friends. Most of the time the 12 are the only ones that show in the Timeline box, with the exception of a friend who has visited to leave a message, etc., but 6 of 12 close friends always show in the box in random order, otherwise. However, this one close friend has shown consistently in the last few days.
    A little too much of a coincidence:))

    @Hank, the same for me. Not to be depressing or anything, but I have 3 friends on facebook that have passed away. All 3 show up in my top friends list frequently. And I have 1600 friends.

    The reason why im actually searching for answers on google is because evertime i log into facebook or no matter how much i refresh 6-7 of the same people show EACH TIME, and they're people i haven't talked to on facebook for a very long time, a coule of them are girls i used to have a thing with. So i suspected that they're people who look at my profile the most way before searching or asking anyone, but now im sick of the same people showing up each time.

    P.S i havent configured any of my friend's settings. Plus i firmly believe they're the people who look at your profile the most.

    I have the issue! the same 10 people keep popping up on my page and 3 of them are boys i used to have a thing with. I dont look at their profile OR speak to any of them on facebook

    Same. There are two guys I used to be involved with, neither of whom ever interact with me on facebook (and never really did), and i dont visit their pages or interact with them either, and both of them are almost always on the list.

    does it work though

    This doesn't seem true - at the very least, not the refreshing your page part. A few of the people who kept popping up are good friends of mine that are barely on Facebook.

    no it doesnt does it have u tried it

    OK I have looked at this consistently - why ? Because I was having a slightly over-friendly relationship with one of my fb friends behind my girlfriends back. I know this is bad and I've put an end to it but the upshot is this: Facebook say that the friend list is based on public communications. Well we were for obvious reasons careful to NEVER communicate publically ever - and yet we are both consistently in eachothers friend list. There are only two possibilities: 1 - when you look at someone's profile enough that person arrives in your friend list (this is likely) or 2. that it is based on e-mail communication (less likely based on testing). These are the ONLY explanations in our case and both involve an algorithm that seriously compromises privacy ! Facebook privacy is self consciously anarchic use it at your own risk - they are obviously not afraid of lying outright to their users. You have to expect them to behave like the naughty troublemaking hackers that they are.

    interesting. I was wondering the same things...I do visit alot someones page and see that he doesnt ever come up on my friends list but I often come up on HIS list of friends... I wasnt sure if my presence on his list indicated he looked at my page or the reverse...

    I have mostly been testing Mr. Chen's third method over the last two weeks, "to type the first letter of each character in the alphabet on the search bar". It does seem to be quite accurate. My experience with this method has been that in a given fb session, if you enter a letter once, and for example enter the same letter several minutes later, the accuracy of this method diminishes. However, if you start a new session, this method works again with great accuracy.

    Have other people shared this same experience?

    Please explain to me the person first letter you put in the search box brings up my ex that I am no longer friends with???? Why????

    Hank
    If his name is Aaron, the answer is easy...
    I looked at someone's profile outside my friend's list for a while few months back. I didnt do it for a while. But when i type in the first letter, his name pops up on top. Its interesting because even though i dont go to that profile anymore. His name keeps coming on the list, few times the order changed too. Like it goes two down and comes back on the top of the list. Can anyone tell me whats going on.

    What about people you are not friends with on facebook. I have an ex boyfriend who shows up when I type in the first letter of his name in the search box. Its not consistant and I do admit I have looked at his profile page some as well. Lately, I have not looked at his facebook page, I've made a point not to and he does come up in my search box often. Just not everyday.

    Also do you think the same algorithm is the same for the facebook appication on the iphone? I really find this interesting. Also do you think when we type in the first letter in the search box, the person who views your profile last is the one who comes up first? I usually get the same people. Just trying to determine if the ones on my top five are people I'm looking up or they are looking at me. I have my settings set friends to friends.

    same here! and not only that but his two best buddies (whom are somewhat nosey on both of our lives) and they both come up... However, it is important to say that I unfriended my ex but I'm still friends with his 2 buddies. So my ex is not in my friend's list but he comes up when I type the first letter of his name and so do his buddies.

    Interestingly, when I updated my status to an interesting phrase I tried a letter of each of their names and al 3 of them came up (I'm not surprised it happened because they are nosey ) however, I don't know if this is 100% accurate... mostly everyday their 3 names appear at the top when I type the first name of their letter...

    Any ideas?

    What about people you are not friends with on facebook. I have an ex boyfriend who shows up when I type in the first letter of his name in the search box. Its not consistant and I do admit I have looked at his profile page some as well. Lately, I have not looked at his facebook page, I've made a point not to and he does come up in my search box often. Just not everyday.

    Also do you think the same algorithm is the same for the facebook appication on the iphone? I really find this interesting. Also do you think when we type in the first letter in the search box, the person who views your profile last is the one who comes up first? I usually get the same people. Just trying to determine if the ones on my top five are people I'm looking up or they are looking at me. I have my settings set friends to friends.

    I'm having a similar experience. For the last month, this girl (not a fb friend) has been popping up at the top of the list when i type in the first letter of any of her three names. Not every time, it seems to switch between to different search results. We exchanged a couple of messages a few months ago. And, yes, I've looked at her profile picture from time to time. But like you, I've made a point of avoiding her page for some time.

    Ladislav Kocbach
    Yes, I have a facebook place. I also know why, and I can tell you: I wanted to know what it is and how it works. Now I know. I know enough to visit it just from time to time - still just to see some of my about 100 so called friends. It is there. I wrote some things there for which somebody can hate me, somebody else might have laughed a bit, so what? I have not told my little facebook everything about me. Neither should you or you or you. Beyond this, who really cares?
    On the other hand, I wrote something on this site about privacy hysteria, but it takes time to find it, because of the privacy here. I would like to link it or something here. But that is too much work and the link could bring you somewhere else on the page. 

    I would not mind if you could see all my comments here on science20 in a couple of clicks. I can not see them. My privacy is protected against myself. Should I be glad?
    I believe this is acturate, I tries this first method "refreshing my profile" & I always get the same 15 people or so. To cheek it out I told my sister in law about this article and she decided to click on my profile multiple times for about two days and soon enough she was on my friends list. Although we are friends om Facebook we have never communicated through the social network.

    flueedo
    Just like you I noticed that there seem to be some kind of patterns and obsessed about trying to figure them out. The one method I didn't think about was inviting everyone to an event, but I've been testing the other ones long before your article. I think there's more people out there who notice this kind of thing.But my conclusion has been: while many times it seems I'm seeing a pattern, many times I see behavior contradicting the pattern I thought I had found. In other words, hard to know for sure.

    I'm sure facebook collects data on every single thing we do. Even the searches we try. If you search for someone and the person doesn't have a profile, usually few days later results of people with similar names will be stressed in your searches and friend suggestions.

    A problem with trying to figure out their algorithms innerwork is that they must be kinda complex. Probabilistic, counter-intuitive perhaps(they're not trying to figure out what we would expect them to). Affinity between people for example isn't usually calculated taking positive reciprocity(positive mutual correlation) high into account (like we intuitively do in real life). What I mean is, for example: everything you do and like, that is, 100% of your sample space corresponds to 15% of some chick's. You are very similar to her, but the contrary isn't true. Conversely same thing happens to her concerning other people.
    But conversely negative correlation must be high into account: If the chick deletes you(but doesn't block you), she won't be appearing in your friends suggestions even if you both have 50% of your friends in common. It had happened to me, I should know. :(  

    Most of me keeps telling me, "Dude, it's facebook, please get a clue and go use your time and brain power on anything at all more useful", that's when I give it up and go to back my (hopefully)more productive scientific obsessions. :)
    I have my doubts about this. My friend list is always the same group of people at the top and it seldom changes. I don't have an issue with anyone on my friend list "stalking" my profile (if by "stalking" you mean "looking at everything"). Frankly, I think most of them have better things to do and I don't consider them looking at my photos and info as "stalking". If I felt that strongly about it, I would hide it.

    I don't put anything up there that I don't want everyone else to see. I have 77 people on my list so it's small by a lot of people's standards. As for people I don't know, well they seldom come up at all. If they do look, all they can see is my name and profile picture. I'm not sure why people would "friend" somebody they would feel was "stalking" them. It just doesn't make sense. If you don't trust your "friends" then don't grant them access to your profile. Simple.

    flueedo
    Unfortunately this way of handling things doesn't work for everyone. I have almost one thousand "friends". Family, friends, friends of friends, people I studied with, worked with, travelled with, played gigs with, done business with, and so on.I risk coming off as rude by unfriending them. Some people don't take it well even though you and them were not close. You know, it's kinda like random social rejection, even though you know that the person rejecting you doesn't even know who you are and may have all sorts of reasons or problems to be acting the way they are, you still feel bad even if only fleetingly.

    But truth is, noone hardly bothers me in that sense,for I know my way through the privacy settings. And I like being connected to lots of people, this brings possibilities I can't foresee and maybe wouldn't have happened otherwise, like recently jobs I was offered and 'tips'(more like consulting advice) I received for free and really helped me. Also I too got to help a few people there and feel good about myself. :)

    My opinion is that in this life we must explore, we only got one and it's so passing...
    There is always blocking I guess. Apparently that means they are still on your list but you can't see their posts. Although to be truthful, I would not be accepting friend requests from people I didn't know much in the first place. I've actually ignored or refused requests from people I don't know or haven't seen in a while, particularly if I wasn't that close to them to start with. I have people on my list I know only online but I know they are not just friending me for the sake of it so it isn't an issue. I can see why there might be possibilities in making links with friends of friends but I won't "friend" people unless there is some kind of connection there first and hope that they aren't the type to drive me mad with Farmville crap. =)

    I agree that it is hard to "unfriend" someone which is why I think a lot about who I'm adding to the list.

    I think you all seem pretty desperate. Its really quite simple. Facebook takes the profiles you have viewed most in your facebooking history, and throws them onto your profile under your "friends". Its based on number of views in history, not nesacarilly recently viewed. And when it differs, its because facebook throws in a few different people every now and then to try to get you to view other people. So, for all of you desperate facebookers who seem to be stalking yourself rather than being stalked by other facebook users, Heres the long and short of it.

    1.)The rephresh method, is just your most viewed in history with variation.

    2.)The alphibetical search method, is based on contact/views in history.

    3.)And the event method, well its sort of pointless and misleading, because of course the people that respond to events is souly based on what the event is and how it complys with the persons interest, the location of the event and the location of the person, and also, theres plenty of people who dont view events no matter who sends them. This method has too many flaws to be considered plausible.

    Hope this was helpfull, and that you can stop being so preoccupied with this.

    God I wish it were possible to "like" your comment...

    One minor criticism though...I think you are over-simplifying a bit. It is not simply the profiles you view the most + some totally random people.

    I will give an example. There is this girl on my fb list. She is one of my roughly 250 facebook friends. The only reason why I sent her a request is because she advertised her public profile on a youtube vid. She makes youtube vids in the language she is studying. I was studying the same language at the time and liked her vids so sent her a request.

    I did look at her page a few times but that was quite awhile back, probably almost a year ago and there are many, many profiles I look at more often (and I don't notice myself appearing as their top friends nor they mine). She is consistently in my "top friends" (or whatever you call it) and I very seriously doubt it is because she is "stalking my profile" (there really isn't much to see there as I rarely post status updates).

    My best guess is that it is because she is always posting about this particular language and country and I list the language as one spoken and have similar interests according to "likes" so I think facebook says "ah yes, he has more in common with this girl than he does with his other fb friends.".

    It also may have something to do with the fact that she is more active than most of my fb friends. I noticed a friend who posts daily appear there today right after he posted a status update. I was looking at my news feed, saw his update, ignored it, went to my profile and there he was so I think frequent users are more likely to appear there as well as people you have things in common with compared to totally random friends. JMO.

    I think you all seem pretty desperate. Its really quite simple. Facebook takes the profiles you have viewed most in your facebooking history, and throws them onto your profile under your "friends". Its based on number of views in history, not nesacarilly recently viewed. And when it differs, its because facebook throws in a few different people every now and then to try to get you to view other people. So, for all of you desperate facebookers who seem to be stalking yourself rather than being stalked by other facebook users, Heres the long and short of it.

    1.)The rephresh method, is just your most viewed in history with variation.

    2.)The alphibetical search method, is based on contact/views in history.

    3.)And the event method, well its sort of pointless and misleading, because of course the people that respond to events is souly based on what the event is and how it complys with the persons interest, the location of the event and the location of the person, and also, theres plenty of people who dont view events no matter who sends them. This method has too many flaws to be considered plausible.

    Hope this was helpfull, and that you can stop being so preoccupied with this.

    Ed Chen
    thanks for the insight.
    hmmm, this is what I find.....I do visit alot someones page and see that he doesnt ever come up on my friends list but I often come up on HIS list of friends... I wasnt sure if my presence on his list indicated he looked at my page or the reverse...

    I think that since hot girls I never talk to show up, that it's because they want me so bad and can't stop looking at my profile. That is a scientific fact!

    FYI : facebook was by stanford grads !. not harvard ! jeezzz !..

    Idiot, Zuckerburg went to Harvard, but never graduated. It is clear you are not a Harvard, or Stanford grad...

    Hank
    He created The Face Book but the actual Facebook people use(d) was not created by Harvard grads and, given its location, likely was more Stanford grads because the programmers coming out of Berkeley are nothing special. 
    im thinkn a thought 2 thunk of an my thinkiest thunktherose remYnds me no 1ne views my profYle as i si my posted lynks never go bYond Z3r0 what was the Qwestion >?

    If you see someone who does not share any mutual friends with you, then you better watch out, because you might have a stalker on your hands.

    Bollocks.

    It's more likely they hit your page because you have a semi-interesting picture and came up on one of FB's "do you know this complete fucking stranger" kind of hints. Doubly so if you're female and have any kind of provocative picture there. And 99.999999999999% of those people are going to look once, go away and never been seen again.

    Someone you don't know who looks at your profile isn't stalking you. FB is a public place, doubly so because most FB users don't avail themselves of what privacy there is. If you fear stalkers, why would you even be on Facebook?

    If you want to be paranoid about stupid stuff, consider that in the the 600+ million users of facebook, statistically, there should be upwards of 50 to 200 active serial killers, and half-dozen or so of those would be women.

    Here's what's sad. Why do you think people are so obsessed with figuring out who is looking at their facebook profiles? What are they going to do with all of this info? I know several girls who seem OBSESSED with this kind of thing, I have seen them multiple times signing up for apps which claim to tell you who's been looking at your profile. The girls I'm thinking of are stuck up types who freak out at the thought of a guy they aren't interested in showing the slightest bit of interest in them. Well, with these girls, I have a pretty good idea of what they would do with this info; take all the guys they've noticed checking out their profiles that they are not interested in and delete them all one by one. When you think about it, it's really sad that people are so motivated by their fear and contempt for others. So what if someone is looking at your facebook? You put all that info out there for people to see, so why are you so threatened when people see it? Honestly, I don't think it's a safety issue, usually the girls know that it is harmless when a guy looks at their profile and that the info on there is not stuff that can be used to harm them. I think that girls are just taught to fear and hate nowedays and it is disgusting really. And it's so sad, because all this fear and hate fades immediately if the guy is cute, it's just all the guys who don't meet society's ridiculous standard of beauty that have to deal with it. I wonder how long God is going to let this society thrive before finally deciding to give you what you deserve.

    I changed my name on Facebook because I got sick of receiving friend requests from people I hadn't seen in years. If I'd wanted to stay in touch with them, I would have. But after changing my name I started seeing friend suggestions in the right margin, people to whom my account had no link, no common groups, people who didn't even live in the same city. I suspect that these random friend suggestions are drawn in part from those who search on your name.

    They are at least in part drawn from people who have the same hometown or current city as you. If you pick some tiny little town as your hometown, and then look at those strange friend suggestions, you'll see they often have the same hometown that you picked.

    you may have mutual friends with them, that's why...or well, cause of the reasons the other person mentioned...

    I changed my name on Facebook because I got sick of receiving friend requests from people I hadn't seen in years. If I'd wanted to stay in touch with them, I would have. But after changing my name I started seeing friend suggestions in the right margin, people I've known in the past, to whom my account had no link, no common groups, people who didn't even live in the same city. I suspect that these random friend suggestions are drawn in part from those who search on your name.

    I just got notification of the people who have viewed my profile in the last 3 months. I assume they did that to / for everyone, so now everyone I viewed and chose not to invite knows that!

    Thanks Facebook

    There is absolutely NO way you can or will ever be able to see who has viewed your profile on Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg has said multiple times that this will never be allowed as it goes against their privacy policy. It is also against US privacy laws and European Union Data Protection laws

    Hank
     Mark Zuckerberg has said multiple times that this will never be allowed as it goes against their privacy policy. It is also against US privacy laws and European Union Data Protection laws
    Facebook has changed their privacy policies without telling anyone too many times to count so what they say is inconsequential.   That bit about not being able to see who who looks at your profile because of any 'law' in the US or Europe was invented by you just now.    Facebook knows the IP address and referrer for every link to every profile and every action on Facebook.  If they know it, they can show it (should they choose) and it is completely legal to do so.  Facebook is an at-will community and you accept whatever terms they post or you don't and leave.
    im nt in the fdlist of my ex,but when i started viewing his n his fds profile over n over again,,after some days,they all restricted their wall,n this is nt a coincidence,that i m sure,can anyone explain

    The same thing happened to me. I was visiting profile of my ex again and again in such a short time. And suddenly i can not see her wall. Can someone explain that? thx

    I can't believe I just read that! And the same exact comment several times!! That's exactly why I'm here trying to find answers. I looked many times in a couple days at an ex's wall and now it's all blocked! It hasn't been like that for the past year that I know for sure of! Wth?

    "You can also test this by sending someone an email and many times, before they even bother to reply to you, they will look at your profile and you will see their name pop up on the name bar as your last looker."

    Do you mean non-Facebook email, or a private message on Facebook? If it's the latter, I would assume FB puts them at the top of the bar as a matter of convenience (e.g. you may want to consult their profile pertaining to your message exchange), not necessarily because the person looked at your profile. If the former - how many times did you test this?

    "Even more scary, if you look at facebook's friend suggestions, more often than not those are people who you don't know who recently looked at your profile. "

    Where in the world did you get that from?

    I would have to agree with this. I have been purposely posting some 'risky/questionable/sexual' status comments that I make viewable to only a few people, one guy in particular whose attention I'm trying to get. Once in a while I'll appear on his sidebar but I hadn't in a while since we've been out of touch and he was on holidays. After posting my shocking status updates, a few that I made viewable only to him, I now coincidentally appear on his sidebar again. I assume it's because he just looked at my profile and read my status comments. A mutual friend re-posted one of my status comments and she also now appears on his sidebar, probably because he recently looked at both of our profiles.

    WAY too much of a coincidence. So yeah, I'm going to have to agree with what you've said.

    I'm not sure what you mean on the refreshing your profile page part, are you talking about your wall? because on the profile page wall, it just shows what was posted last. Where exactly will the friends pop up at?

    Nevermind, I see what you're saying.

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    well its social media and everything on facebook and any site is programmed in with codes, they have to offer you what will cause you to cntinue clicking and returning to the website. They have to intise you and tease you to get you to look all over and check things out, why do you think FB will be offering stock , cause people love clicking those buttons. Even if some one where staulking you so what you have the option to change privacy, but it won't matter cause once you sign up all your info is at thwe websites disposale. They need to keep you TRENDING ...lol..

    From personal experience, i absolutely know that the 10 or however many friends displayed on your profile is not random and must have some relation to either who looks at your profile the most or whose you look at.

    At least half my facebook friends are people from my school, naturally. However, the majority of these friends are not people in my year but people i 'know of' from other years. The rest of them are people i know outside of school, for example, family, family friends, people i used to know, people i've met at places etc.

    However, the friends that appear on my profile are always all people in my year at school, which, bearing in mind these make up less than a twelfth of my total friends, basically proves that the process in which these friends are selected cannot be random. Also, i don't go on facebook a lot and haven't had it for very long, so i have never actually made contact with most of these people on facebook ( i only talk to a very small number of people on facebook). Although i have looked at these people's profiles before and looked at their pictures etc, these are definitely not the profiles i visit most freqently but as i am well aquainted with them, it would not surprise me if these were a selection of the people who veiwed my profile the most.

    The only other method by which these people were selected that i can think of, is by mutual friends. Because these people are in my year it is most likely that we will share the most mutual friends.

    From personal experience, i absolutely know that the 10 or however many friends displayed on your profile is not random and must have some relation to either who looks at your profile the most or whose you look at.

    At least half my facebook friends are people from my school, naturally. However, the majority of these friends are not people in my year but people i 'know of' from other years. The rest of them are people i know outside of school, for example, family, family friends, people i used to know, people i've met at places etc.

    However, the friends that appear on my profile are always all people in my year at school, which, bearing in mind these make up less than a twelfth of my total friends, basically proves that the process in which these friends are selected cannot be random. Also, i don't go on facebook a lot and haven't had it for very long, so i have never actually made contact with most of these people on facebook ( i only talk to a very small number of people on facebook). Although i have looked at these people's profiles before and looked at their pictures etc, these are definitely not the profiles i visit most freqently but as i am well aquainted with them, it would not surprise me if these were a selection of the people who veiwed my profile the most.

    The only other method by which these people were selected that i can think of, is by mutual friends. Because these people are in my year it is most likely that we will share the most mutual friends.

    From personal experience, i absolutely know that the 10 or however many friends displayed on your profile is not random and must have some relation to either who looks at your profile the most or whose you look at.

    At least half my facebook friends are people from my school, naturally. However, the majority of these friends are not people in my year but people i 'know of' from other years. The rest of them are people i know outside of school, for example, family, family friends, people i used to know, people i've met at places etc.

    However, the friends that appear on my profile are always all people in my year at school, which, bearing in mind these make up less than a twelfth of my total friends, basically proves that the process in which these friends are selected cannot be random. Also, i don't go on facebook a lot and haven't had it for very long, so i have never actually made contact with most of these people on facebook ( i only talk to a very small number of people on facebook). Although i have looked at these people's profiles before and looked at their pictures etc, these are definitely not the profiles i visit most freqently but as i am well aquainted with them, it would not surprise me if these were a selection of the people who veiwed my profile the most.

    The only other method by which these people were selected that i can think of, is by mutual friends. Because these people are in my year it is most likely that we will share the most mutual friends.

    I have to call BS on this info. I had the same situation - the same 10 people showing up in my friend's list. One of them happened to be my crush. Very exciting. I checked his page to see if I were showing up in his top 10. Interesting to see that I have NEVER shown up in his top 10 list even though I probably check his page more than anyone he knows (multiple times a day - call me a stalker!) Anyhow, I decided to make up 10 friends and every day I would log into their accounts and have them view my page. After doing this for a month, my top 10 list included 2-3 of my new "fake" friends in it. I would take a couple of those friends and have them view my page 10x in a day. Nothing changed. They either never showed up on my top 10 list, or they would for few days and then be gone. The 3 other people on my list have inactive accounts, but we have messaged in the past two years. 3 others were people I message on a weekly basis. Then, there was always the truly random person whom I have never messaged or even viewed his/her page on Facebook.

    So, my point is that it cannot be made up of people who frequently view your page. My 10 fake friends viewed my page every day for weeks and they rarely made my top 10 list, plus, the fact that I NEVER made my crush's list in spite of viewing his page multiple times a day. How do you explain this?

    how sure for u that the list of friend form a friend's view is as same as the owner's view i.e. logged in view...

    I've noticed some odd coincidences after viewing a couple of profiles, could it be that I showed as a friend suggestion of someone whose profile I looked at?? If so, it's a very unsettling.

    I've know about this for a few years now and have tested it on multiple fake "friend" accounts I've set up over different periods of time. This to me, is conclusive in itself. Another point; all friends and circles are different in terms of humor and social understanding/boundaries/tastes/music/food/movies etc etc. I can apply myself to one of these circles/friends specifically and will only see his/her/their faces pop up.

    The email/message is a classic. I've actually gotten really offended sometimes when I haven't heard from someone for ages, so I email them. Suddenly I'm seeing their face for like 2 days on facebook before they decide to reply (when I hadn't seen at all, but I'm not surprised because I know it's a glitch in the code). Pisses me off.

    This is all true still today, only they have changed this somewhat. Some of the fake friend accounts now pop up when I am the only person to access them. Although the above theory still works; I don't rely on it as I did prior to.. 5-6 months ago.

    Also, I've noticed people from my hometown popping up as friend suggestions. People I have no intention of friending. People who have no friend connection with other f/b friends.. so they've obviously been checking me out right?

    Now, if I stalk an ex (I do it with a few every now and then) to see what she looks like or what s@*t she's into or whatever (hey; sometimes it's a way to feel good about yourself if they look bad and have a tacky stupid profile pic), I will always block them after so my profile pic doesn't pop up as a friend suggestion for them. I'm too hot for them now.

    Another thing you can do is :

    Click on home
    Click on photos

    Then you will have friends photo albums on the right...

    I have noticed there are some guys who have a crush on me appearing and most of my close friends.
    Just repeat again...

    Click on home
    Click on photos

    Then you will have new friends photos appear. Is it someone who might be looking at your profile? The answer for me is yes. Just keep repeating the steps and see who pops up. Very interesting!

    Another thing you can do is :

    Click on home
    Click on photos

    Then you will have friends photo albums on the right...

    I have noticed there are some guys who have a crush on me appearing and most of my close friends.
    Just repeat again...

    Click on home
    Click on photos

    Then you will have new friends photos appear. Is it someone who might be looking at your profile? The answer for me is yes. Just keep repeating the steps and see who pops up. Very interesting!

    However true any of this may be [I haven't tested yet and won't] I have a very large point to make. If you are SOOO scared of "information" being leaked or people repeatedly looking/stalking at you and your profile. I have a couple of simple solutions. 1. Don't post anything you don't want others to see (Duh). 2. Delete your Facebook and find something useful to do with your day. You CAN communicate with others through media other than Facebook. If you have enough time to sit in your basement and refresh your Facebook page over and over, you probably should wipe the chip crumbs off of your chest and get a job.

    This is not true. I have a friend on Facebook who passed away months ago, I never looked at her page, and she would always, day after day, show up in my top 10 friends on my page. I doubt they have FB in Heaven ;)

    The reason we speculate about this is that we want it to be true.......we would love to find out the person who is secretly interested in our lives....but if you look at the origins of the site, secret stalking is at the heart of its raison d'etre....and lets face it.....half the people on here wouldn't use it if they new they'd be caught looking!

    this is the oddest thing ever why is on my home page idk

    I have a question: Why is my husbands Ex girlfriend appearing in my facebook search bar (3rd person down) when I type in the first letter of her last name..When 1)my husband is NOT friends with her and 2) her and I have no mutual friends and 3) I have never searched for her ever on facebook and 4) I have other friends that I'm actually friends with who don't show up before her name on the search bar???
    WTH is going on?

    Hi Ed,
    After all this discussion, would you still stick by your statement that the friend suggestions feature picks the people who are viewing your profile the most? Would you say viewing your profile is a more relevant factor than, say, imported email addresses?

    I changed jobs recently and one of my new colleagues started to appear on search when I typed the first letter of her last name. I had not viewed her profile before this happened, I didn't even know she had one. We do have one mutual friend, but I have not added her recently, nor communicated with her recently. And by recently I mean within a year or so. So the only explanation seems to be that this new colleague had looked at my profile after we met in real life and therefore started to appear in my search.

    For me it is basically always the same people who show up on my friends list, and a few of them it would make sense that it was due to them viewing my account lots, but I reckon chances are at least half of them are the people that I look at. That would make more sense anyway.

    this works i took a screen shot of my friends and refreshed it many times and al of the names that were taken in the screen shot came up again. thanks for ur help.

    My question is... if your facebook is open to the public, but you are not friends with someone but you have not blocked each other, can you tell if they are looking at your page?

    Of course not. As you can see, you can't even tell who's viewing your page that you ARE friends with.

    there is some speculation that the hovercard 5 MIGHT possibly hold a clue to who on your friends list is looking at you. But clearly if no one has a conclusive answer on that, then people smarter than you are haven't cracked it, including myself. And believe me, some of us have been trying and our methods have been pretty damned good. There is still no conclusive evidence that there is any legal way to tell who's been looking at you.

    I think you're safe to stalk for the time being anyway. especially since it appears the hovercard 5 feature has been removed.

    Oh wait.. i lie. There is one way you can tell who's been viewing their page. But it involves them telling you.

    There are ways to trick a person into giving themselves away. But facebook doesn't hold that key. Good old fashioned face to face human manipulation is your tool for this job.

    Every time I go to visit a family member's facebook homepage I get kick-off of facebook and have to log in again. Anyone know why this happens? The first time it happened I thought it was a fluke. It happens often & only to this certain person & we've been FB friends for years. Any idea's as to why?

    Well here is my answer to all this it's rare I get on at all yet it some other people said I was there stalker and looking at there page the most and like wise I had a girl leave a msg to me saying what the heck I never even looked at your page until now because it said she was my stalker I think it's screwed up or lies or some thing I don't even have a computer I use my iPod when it will pick up free Internet in mcdonalds parking lot and I hurry check my mail and get off so how is it I stalked any one if I only get on for maybe 5 minutes how ever long it takes my hubby to get a hamburger and walk bk to the car and we leave and I'm done when the Internet is lost

    I actually think this is valid. I have two friends who's profiles I've looked at on the same day over a period of once every other week. Now I don't talk to or see these two any more, but I've done this consistantly enough to say that i kind of obsessed over it and today I see that only ONE of them has shown up on the side bar where you can see 10 of your friends. Not only that but another friend saw my profile just yesterday and I haven't seen that person in months and he showed up on my friends sidebar after he left a wallpost and looked through my pictures.

    i thought it was only gay men that love to see who's viewing them recently.. it makes a neccessity for the admin to include a recent visitor's list for the account owner to check who is viewing and even , On 07.11.-10:49 , is stated there... it was Germany based Planetromeo and i dont feel that violates any EU law... and that social web is not loosing it users but gaining more .. i think facebook should include that too... so you can always have many ways to look what was up there in their profile without getting listed.. just by avoiding their profile page, where the visitors counts... lets turns facebook gay ..

    Do you think that Facebook is your friend? Actually he was stealing your privacy.

    Hi, I've recently split up from my boyfriend, found out that he was seeing another girl, so obviously I have been clicking his proflle picture, Im not friends with him on Facebook, and also the girl he's seeing, I also not friends with her on fbk, can they see if Ive been clicking on there fbk even tho Im not friends with them?

    whitepanther65
    "There are three methods to determine who looks at you the most"
    Is this a joke? This is impossible Ed, and you know it.

    Cheers Paolo
    I don't that we can find out who stalking on our facebook. It was feature on friendster and that still already down now I think the reason is simple, facebook offer the best social networking feature

    they've got so much fucking data, they can program that friends list to do anything...like on this thanksgiving weekend when many are thinking about those they are closed to, or coming home and seeing people they havne't seen in a while, they may also begin thinking about those from their past. facebook knows this and can program that friends list to show a few people who you used to look at all the time on facebook. suddenly they're in your list and you think they may be watching you again, but they're not, facebook has just given you hope...

    by giving people this belief that the friends list shows who has been viewin them (and yes they should be happy that people are not sure if its true), they encourage so much more clickin through they're website, and more advertisment revenues. so many people in the world right now are sittin and looking at their friends list over and over agian to see who appears. then they may visit those pages some, or just stay on the website. more visits, more money for facebook. they know this.

    they could also program it to have it show stalkers for say 200 straight times you look at your profiel, then for the next 70 visits they'll have it be completely random, or at least a random group of people that makes you think they'd be your stalkers, but these ones actually aren't

    this is crazy, and anyone who is thinking of this stuff is probably crazy too.

    sorry but this is retarded. my sister's not using her fb account for YEARS now but she still shows up on my top 10 list, same with my cousin who rarely, rarely login on her account.. how do you explain this? the ones who actually posts on my wall, like my pics, inbox, and pokes me never or seldom shows up. so yeah, i call BS on this one.

    What determines which friends show up the most on your chat list? I know it says "interaction" determines this, but does me going to their page count as an interaction or does that have to go both ways (them looking at my profile and me in turn, looking at their's?)....just curious as it seems to be much of the same people with an occassional new one popped in there. One of the friend's name which pops in there occassionally, says they don't even use their facebook account anymore (or at least that's what they're telling me...lol), yet their name shows up there every few days. I never check their's. Anyone know the answer to this?

    So not true. I believe the people n he side that pop up as "potential" friend are in your e-mail;address book, regardless of whether they are on FB or not. I have at least one that has died and they pop up all the time.

    I'm so glad theres finally an article on this. I have a similar reason why i'm never going to sign up/ trust them again.
    Even WORSE: (i deleted my account as soon as this happened) i hate it so much). I Created an account and put absolutely no personal details in apart from my name and my age (not even my address or school) and a list of "people you might know" came up of loads of people from my school, some who liked me, some who diddn't and even some who were quite horrible to me! so i realised straight away that as soon as you search for someone, even if that person doesn't have an account yet, YOU... WILL come up on their "people they might know" so they will know you've searched them. I just hope that while i don't have an account anymore and i'm searching people from not having a account, that im not coming up on their "people you might know" still because i will be top of the list on the person who i fancy! who doesn't even like me and thinks i'm a freak by the way so thank you facebook for humiliating me. The reason i have a feeling it shows up even if you don't have an account and search them, is that one of the people i searched a few times asked me (in real life when i passed them) if i had a facebook and then looked at me as if i was lying and smiled as if he knew something then looked a bit freaked out so i KNOW! By the way i also slightly fancy this person so i'm just i bit more annoyed at being a bit more humiliated by facebook. I just wish it would tell you before you sign up.

    The suggested friends is based on your information.
    For example if you put your school information on there then people with the same information will be part of your suggested friends, if you put work, hometown and location on their the same rule applies.
    Not very accurate, no-one is friends with their whole school and whole town, but that's just the way Facebook works.

    As for the friends I don't know. All the friends that appear on my sidebar are all my close friends from school, but I never view their profiles or talk to them on Facebook because we text and I don't use Facebook much. So that's kinda weird, the only explanation is they have been searching and viewing my profile

    I'm not sure About the search bar, I typed in a single letter and my friends I search for the most came up, but the second person that came up is a guy I have never searched for or spoken to in my life. I clicked on his profile and we have 2 mutual friends, but I don't know who they are or why they are in my search bar.

    And facebook says they don't store information about looking at peoples profiles, but if they did store that information, they are not going to tell us, so just because Facebook says they dont store that information doesn't mean they are telling the truth

    I don't know if you can tell who's looking at you.

    But there is no doubt that Facebook saves data about who YOU'VE been looking at.

    As far as the search goes when typing in a letter, I believe this is how it works:

    It comes up with a list of:

    1. Your friends or whoever you searched or viewed recently.

    2. Friends of your friends.

    3. Then people close to where you live.

    I've tried it. There is no doubt that they store this information.

    i do think that this works brilliantly!!...is there any way of recovering email on facebook that has been deleted??

    How many of you have a fb app on your smart phone? I think many of the people that are suggested as friends are taken from your phones contact list. I have my dentist and an ex that are always suggested as friends and we never have contact on fb or in the real world. The only connect is thier respective numbers are still in my phone. Still curious what causes friends to show up in the "10" on the left though.

    this is definitely true, i looked at a profile of a girl i know repeatedly which is my girl, but anyways I can tell by her comments that she knows when i look at her page or not, I dont give shiet what anybody thinks, theres a way to do it, i dont believe in this privacy crap, not only her but other girls profiles ive looked at as well, theres a way to know, I just want to find out whos been scoping me out.

    you theorize the following; " Even more scary, if you look at facebook's friend suggestions, more often than not those are people who you don't know who recently looked at your profile. If you see someone who does not share any mutual friends with you, then you better watch out, because you might have a stalker on your hands."

    yes, i believe this is valid for testing. next question.

    how do we test it?

    anyone have any ideas?

    and really, there is no way to validate this claim, so it will go down in the books as creative speculation -- which don't get me wrong, has its own merit.

    Fbook? this is the way i prefer to call it!

    Who stalking you are Jewish.

    Actually this is quite false. I did my own research and followed your advice by setting up multiple accounts. For simplicity and to avoid confusion I will give these accounts numbers (1, 2, 3 & 4) instead of names. We will call the friends that appear in the side panel supposedly at random (10 in the old look and 5 if you have the new Time Line facebook) a "top friends list" for referral purposes. Now. Let the experiment begin. I made all the fake accounts friends with each other except account 4. I slowly built up a friends list of approx 70 for each. I then viewed the friends list on each. None of them appeared on each others "top friends list". The list appeared to be random OR at least I thought. Perfect. So then I used account 1 to stalk account 2 viewing all comments made & photos for account 2 several times. I ensured account 1 spent at least 30 minutes viewing account 2. I then let 2 stalk 3 for 30 minutes and 3 find 4. 3 stalking 4 was initially difficult as 4 was not a friend and couldn't be found easily without using it's email. Results: When account 1 stalked account 2 for half an hour and both friends lists were checked, Account 2 immediately appeared top of the "top friends list" for account 1 but account 1 did not appear anywhere in the top friends list of account 2. Confusing? Let me break it down. In other words the person who appears top of your list is not the person who is stalking you but actually the person YOU are stalking. LOL. The person you are stalking has NO IDEA you are viewing their profile. This was the case with the other profiles except account 4 of course as he was not a friend of 1,2 &3. Suggestions were also not present at the time of account 1,2 or 3 to become friends with account 4 despite 1,2 & 3 viewing 4 multiple times. SO why should the account YOU are viewing the most suddenly appear in your top friends side panel? Perhaps to help YOU locate them easier as they are of interest to YOU. You may wonder why there are friends in your top friends side panel that you don't interact with.?.Perhaps you have forgotten the last time you clicked LIKE on a friend's comment or viewed their profile or sent them a message OR responded to a message from them in your inbox. This might be why it confuses you that they are there but they are NOT your stalkers and are there relative to others you interact with. That's my opinion from this quick experiment any way and of course I could be wrong. Let me know if there's anything else you'd like me to try before I cancel these accounts. Yours sincerely, Phil

    Can you keep repeating experiment for a couple of weeks, making account 4 stalk account 1 (assuming account 4 is still not friends with account 1 and account 1 has been found by account 4 via name not e-mail) twice or 3 times a day for 30 minutes and seeing if account 4 starts to appear in account 1 in 'People you may know' or 'find friends' of accounts 1 2 or 3. Thanks.

    I am going to try this experiment myself as well.

    Hi Phil, I was just wondering if you could test the search bar theory? Is it true that people who view your profile the most would rank first when you type their name's first letter? Or is it based on whose profiles YOU've been looking at? Thanks!

    People also appear on your friends list when it is their birthday. I was beginning to feel like it may truly be random, but facebook must be programming that list in certain ways

    This is definitely connected to who views your profile (the alphabet thing in the address bar). There are people, I am not friends, with, have no mutual friends with, and I have not looked at their profiles appearing and I know that they've been stalking me. As one is a fake profile by a guy who was stalking me, the police and courts are involved. I had to shut my account and start a new one with a different surname and he's obviously found it. I know the profile is him as he had tried to contact me through other ways before on other websites with the same name and profile pic. Now I am paranoid. This does reveal who is checking you out.

    Facebook has definitely invested a lot of time and money into designing the best possible algorithm to find the exact person you are thinking of when you enter their name in the search bar.

    They are just delivering the best possible service!

    :)

    Whether or not it reveals the actions of other users, which of course it does, is irrelevant.

    In timeline the friend that appear on the actual timeline on top or at the bottom right, who are the ones that are "stalking" you? I someone could answer me please....

    I need some help....tell the stalker PEACE NO WAR

    when i type a letter in facebook search typehead , the first suggestion appears of people who r not my friend or mutual friend but i know them , is it possible that they visit my profile regularly after smtime ?
    e.g., when i type 'n' the 1st suggestion appears 'natasha' , she's nt my facebook frnd or she's nt even my mutual but she appears first and then my other frnds. plz reply..

    You have been stalking on Natasha, or view her profile often. Try regularly stalking on other friend that has 'n' as the opening alphabet (and stop viewing Natasha's any sort of related fb pages), in times, Natasha ranking suggestion will drop down and the new 'n' friend u visit frequently will ranked 1. The best way to know whether she has been visiting you regularly is by looking at her own fb page (her acc.) and search for your name by typing few initial alphabet.

    Jewish are stalking on you.

    This is my biggest stalker lol I hope it's a certain cute guy and you know who u are

    Lolls

    If you are so concerned with being 'stalked' on Facebook why don't you unfriend people you don't know and set your privacy so people who are not friends can't look at your info? Problem solved.

    I recently returned to work for a former employer after being gone since june of last year. I never added this employer or any coworkers to my profile. I may have looked up the owners profile once but never visited the company page. However, almost a year later, after never once popping up in my friend suggestions, the owner and the company page were both in my friends suggestions. So either FB is keeping tabs on my employment situation and offering up professional connections, its some really really crazy coincidence, or people who view your profile are added to your friend suggestions. Anyone have any other ideas?

    yeah you can here See Who views Your Facebook Profile here free http://apps.facebook.com/quiefbs/

    I'm amazed with articles like this that start with the premise that FB is actually a social networking site. How would the '10 friends = 10 people who viewed you most' theory help them at all with their advertising revenues? FB pays employees to come up with algorithms. You really think they can justify their work to their bosses and to the advertisers if the 10 people are just the 10 people who look at your profile the most?!
    FB doesn't really make sense when viewed as a social networking site, it makes more sense to view it as an advertising service disguised as a social networking site. Since your article does not acknowledge this phenomenon at all, it is hard to take it seriously. It's just another distraction from the real issues.

    I think there may be some truth to this. When I was interacting with a certain person frequently they were always appearing on my page. Eventually we stopped interacting and he disappeared. Now there is another person who I interacted with frequently, and he is always always 95% of the time appearing on my page. I haven't viewed his page in about 3-4 weeks, sent no messages and have unsubscribed from his updates. Yet, there he is multiple times per day both on my mobile app and on the computer. We have far fewer mutual friends than most people i interect with. He has not commented or liked anything or sent me anything either yet he and about another rotating 10 people appear daily. Most of them I interact with frequently and are close friends. So while there I no way to "prove" these people have viewed your profile the assumptions being made here make total sense.

    I think there may be some truth to this. When I was interacting with a certain person frequently they were always appearing on my page. Eventually we stopped interacting and he disappeared. Now there is another person who I interacted with frequently, and he is always always 95% of the time appearing on my page. I haven't viewed his page in about 3-4 weeks, sent no messages and have unsubscribed from his updates. Yet, there he is multiple times per day both on my mobile app and on the computer. We have far fewer mutual friends than most people i interect with. He has not commented or liked anything or sent me anything either yet he and about another rotating 10 people appear daily. Most of them I interact with frequently and are close friends. So while there I no way to "prove" these people have viewed your profile the assumptions being made here make total sense.

    hahahahaah it is somehow so funny where science leads you...Follow your curiosity and here we have a bunch of people curious to knw who stalk them and wat are the possibilities of gettin an accurate number of ppl doing so. Its somehw a bit amusing to me...honestly i look at a lot many profiles when i am bored and guess this refreshing thing will make me a bigtym stalker....well even the word Stalker is a bummer i dont see why i would be one but if u comprehend the word even more clearly i think every1 on this planet is a stalker...there are people who stalk Actors all the time. Although I would love to knw who has been stalking me..as it's always a pleasure to make new friends espescially those who care to search about you all day than have a frustrated stalker kidnappin me, but still not all people who look at your profile are stalkers and not all stalkers are bad.
    I don know where i am goin with this but being the 19 year old kid i am i pretty much like this concept of stalking and I am so much interested in knowing if my old friends remember me because i am really bad at keepin in touch and am pretty sure my friends no longer mesage me bcz i dont reply...human nature but i knw if i reply once there will have to be a continuous flow of info which i cant handle at the moment... so if there is a way to knw who stalks you i would pretty much like to knw about it...just to knw if they rmbr me...=)

    keep the comments going people...this is the best documentation of experiences with this 'phenomena' ...haha

    The friends list also seems to show people when their birthday is coming up...

    if you unsubscribe from everyone status updates and stop looking at other peoples pages you can isolate some of the factors that contribute to who shows up on your friends list. By only subscribing to a couple of people who rarely post statuses, if they happen to post one it looks like they show up in your friends list

    Apparently someone's cracked a way to see who YOU look at most frequently.

    http://thekeesh.com/2011/08/who-does-facebook-think-you-are-searching-for/

    Except users of this bookmarklet point out that for them, people come up whove been looking at them, not vice versa, and tried with second accounts, etc. Interesting...

    Alternatively, paste in this URL:
    https://www.facebook.com/ajax/typeahead/search/first_degree.php?__a=1&fi...

    and replace ***userid*** with your User ID number found in your facebook profile URL to see the same list of people facebook thinks you stalk and loads pre-emptively when you activate the search box. I suspect some of them may rank highly because they search you...

    Who Is Stalking You On Facebook? They are Jewish!

    I just checked the top results in my people you may know, and they all have one thing in common. They are all mutual friends of the people I have interacted with most recently - especially via inbox. That is all I know.

    who is my stalker?

    It actually works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    My assumption is that it's based strongly on user click connections. I have an ex who is not permitted to speak to me. we are not fb friends and we don't message each other.

    Here's the interesting part: not only does his name pop up in the search box after entering the first letter for his first and last name, but also when I enter the first letters for his personalized fb user url Id.

    Oddly enough, my closest friends that I interact with daily show up as second beneath him when a shared letter is typed.

    i like the articles, verry informative

    This is absolutely true! It happened to me quite a few times too. To people who have stalked me and to people I have stalked. The last incident when I looked for a person and when I found him, and been in his profile a few times, suddenly he started to appear on my "people you may know". For all I know, I may as well be on his.

    Question: How about the Chat Status Box on the right corner?

    A friend of mine always show up in that box even she is not online. It just never gone!

    Her name is shown when I type the first letter of the name. But at the same time, I stalk her quite often too. It is interesting when reading this article, before I just thought it was because I view her profile often.

    Please comment here if you know the answer of my question. Thanks.

    Nasim miah

    There is definitely some truth to this, there was this guy I like, we have zero mutual friends and we are NOT friends on FB, in the beginning I did s search for him on FB, even though he has a very unique unusual name, FB had resulted in zero match for the name I had entered, so I could not find him, after he and I finally hooked up, one day I did a search again, there he was, front and center. So I asked him if he searched for me on FB and he said yes. Since we are both involved with other people, we never became FB friends, yet when I typed just the first letter of his first, middle or last name, among the people I interact the most on FB, he was always the top 5, I am sure he appears on my search list because at one time, I "stalked" him but I have not gone into his profile for a while as his profile has nothing but a picture there, yet he continues to show up as my top searches, even #1 on the list sometimes. I have no way of knowing if he "stalks" me, but for sure none of these suggestions were made because of mutual friends, close proximity or went to the same school together. So I have no scientific evidence, just this one incident to prove.

    It is because you stalked him. It has nothing whatsoever to do with him looking at your page.

    I am looking for a couple of people from my past who have very common names. When I start to type their names into searches the same people with the exact same name (but not the ones I am looking for) keep coming up. It is because I had previously looked at their profiles, it has nothing to do with them looking at mine.

    I'm quite mystified as to why one person who used to be on my fb list (but who I deleted about 8 months ago and whose profile I haven't looked at once since then) has started reappearing whenever I type the first letter of their name. They used to appear whenever I'd type in their initial for up to a couple of months after I deleted them, but then they eventually disappeared and didn't appear for about 4 or so months at all and, just recently, they started to pop up on the search list again. I don't understand what's going on there, because I made a point of not looking at their profile at all since.

    what actually did work for me is however i asked some of my frnds to visit my profile..n when i checkd out the frnds that are visible above my time-line it was actually those buncha frnds..not all of them but two of them..so ya it's a bit creepy at the same time i don't think it's totally true though..

    It is because they were the friends with the most recent activity, it has nothing to do with them looking at your page.

    I was just looking at a news feed and saw a post by a casual acquaintance who posts like 20 times a day. I did not click on the item, provide commentary or anything like that. I clicked on my own name to view my profile page and he was right there on the "top friends" (or whatever you call it) window.

    This person has a couple of thousand fb friends and operates like 5 accounts. I seriously doubt he has much occasion to visit my page (and I post status updates rarely).

    you are correct I saw my "stalker" post something, I almost wrotte on his post but at the last minute I stoped bz of the intereaction, and boom their she was on the box of my friends list, I admit we are the stalkers!!!!!! lololo

    I most say, I have to agree with the writer of this article. Especially with method two and three. In fact, it is after noticing those two trends that i began to investigate---leading me here. I have been noticing for about a month or even more that this one particular person keeps popping into my friends box (i have the fbk timeline) every time I log onto Facebook. I tried method two and indeed this person's name is the first to appear. This is even true when i type in the first letter of he/she's last name "L"-- this person's name takes priority over those whose names begin with "L" (suspicious...). I haven't interacted with this person's profile throughout the time i have been keeping track. It doesn't matter how many times i refresh the page in a day, the person is guaranteed to pop up. And i do agree that if a friend does look at your profile a couple of times a day (i.e.3 times) , messaged you, or even interacted with you in any possible way, he/she is guaranteed to be in your friend's box either that day or the next---- I have experimented with this.

    This is 100% true. I ditched my FB account last year due to privacy concerns and recently rejoined with a new anonymous email. I had zero friends, but looked at profiles of relatives and friends yesterday. When I logged onto FB this morning, under Suggested Friends, it listed a bunch of the people whose profiles I had looked at yesterday. Super creepy. So if I look at my ex's profile one day, I'll show up under her Suggested Friends and she'll know that I was looking at her profile? I did some research this morning, which is how I came across this site, and I just ditched my FB account again. They are pure evil.

    I want to no who is stalking my Facebook and I'm about to find out

    okay, i think that this is true. I have a fake facebook that I do my stalking with and their are certain people who end up making their profiles private when they weren't before or blocking me. I am not friends with them and do not have any friends in my account. So there must of been some way that i was popping up. Usually the people that block or make their accounts private are self absorbed egotistical females. I do not think guys really care about this because the person i stalk the most is my ex and he is a guy and he has no idea. also i recently met a guy and went out with him but did not know his last name and tried to search him with his first name and the town he lives in. I couldn't find him. one day i logged into my stalker account to try to find him and to the right in the people you may know was him. I couldn't find him because he had a different city listed as his home town. I have absolutely know idea how facebook figured out how to recommend him to me. If they recommend him as people I may know and I never even searched the right name and city. Then you damn well can count that my stalker account will start showing up on his page. Why wouldn't it. I looked at his page once. I logged into my fake facebook account again today and he was still at the side as people you may know and I've looked at so many other peoples pages more than that. Basically there is absolutely nothing private or anonymous about facebook. luckily i used a fake name. But still he will probably be wondering who this random person that he doesn't know that has no friends has been popping up on his page. It wouldn't take a genius for someone to figure they have a random stalker and considering i'm probably the most recent new person he met he will probably think its me. basically if you don't want to get caught stop using it.

    Believe it or not, my wife stalks me on facebook.

    Guys guys guys to put this to rest, no you can't track who viewing your page, For I have set up my own stalker page, and I have been stalking my self over and over, because it was this girl who I thought was stalking me, which I liked the Idea. No matter how many time I hit my own timeline it never seems to show up, as me viewing my page, in my original page I stopped liking that girls post and she stoped appearing on my page, so it is by intereaction, trust me I am hurt bz I liked the idea of her stalking me. I think you see PPl who recently done something to their page, or are always on their cell phone, ppl who you like their post, or been tag in photos, family member etc. timeline shows you who you stalk but it wont show you, your stalkers, I am friends with other ppl who I go mad liking their post and we belong to the same music groups, and they dont show on my timeline. is all wishfull thinking I wish I wasnt wishing.... ;(

    Guys guys guys to put this to rest, no you can't track who viewing your page, For I have set up my own stalker page, and I have been stalking my self over and over, because it was this girl who I thought was stalking me, which I liked the Idea. No matter how many time I hit my own timeline it never seems to show up, as me viewing my page, in my original page I stopped liking that girls post and she stoped appearing on my page, so it is by intereaction, trust me I am hurt bz I liked the idea of her stalking me. I think you see PPl who recently done something to their page, or are always on their cell phone, ppl who you like their post, or been tag in photos, family member etc. timeline shows you who you stalk but it wont show you, your stalkers, I am friends with other ppl who I go mad liking their post and we belong to the same music groups, and they dont show on my timeline. is all wishfull thinking I wish I wasnt wishing.... ;(

    This is somewhat related...is there a way to remove someone from showing up in your FB search bar or your friends you may know section? Basically block them without actually blocking them? Can you make it so they do not pop up unless you specifically type their name in on FB? I'm sick of seeing a certain name appear, I'm not friends with them but I do not want to block them.

    I would also like to know the answer to this question.

    Also, if a certain name keeps on appearing on the search suggestion while typing, is it safe to assume that that person is the most viewed profile by the user?

    As much as I would LOVE for this to be true, it's just NOT.

    It seems that many applications were developed in order to find out who is visiting your facebook profile, i used this one - http://whoviewedmyfacebook.com - and saw some of my friends... Dont know if it is really working but worth trying...