I wanted to comment on how entertaining it was to watch Scoble’s Kyte TV piece on “on-line friends.” He was swearing when his phone started ringing in the middle of his mini lecture!
Anyways I wanted to recap what he talked about so I have this info saved in a safe place.
An on-line friend is different from a real friend, their not always a close friend, but someone that you want in your social network. How does Facebook tell if you are a real or fake friend?
1. Are you participating with each other -sending messages, poking, writing on their wall, looking at photos, reading profile…etc
2. Activities and Interests, do you have these in common, share the same things
3. Friend Affinity -how many friends do you have and how many do you have in common with other friends
4. Location, someone that lives down the street is potentially a better friend than someone in London
5. Messages and Calling -can be tracked when you click and send messages via Facebook
6. Google feeds, do you have friends on your feeds
7. Applications -do you shared the same apps -do you add an application in close proximity to when your friend adds it also
8. Events -do you have the same events profile
9 Work -did you work for the same company, similar companies…etc
10. Other historical details -history, college…etc
Lastly…I never knew there was a limit as to how many friends you could have on Facebook. Apparently its 5000!