15 Creepy Facebook Friend Suggestions That Weirded People Out

I think at this point we all know Facebook algorithms are creepy good. Whether they’re used to recommend products you looked at for a mere 10 seconds, or more sinister things like selling your data, we know that they secretly have far too much of our info. But what might be creepiest of all is how the hell they come up with some of there friend suggestions. How are some of these even possible?

1. Altair1371 — How Facebook? How?

Deleted my Facebook years ago, made a fake one with a completely different email address to get a free game. It gave me all of my old friend suggestions.

2. notdazzer — Still far too advanced for comfort.

Whenever a new editor at work starts, within a day I can check Facebook and see them as suggested friends.

But this is probably because everyone in my work will add them, and Facebook sees that.

3. AwYisBreadCrumbs — You are destined to become chums. Just accept fate, already.

My landlord. I only had his phone number saved in my phone, no mutual friends. I hadn’t even downloaded the facebook app as I only use the browser version on my phone, and it still suggested him.

4. HighOnGoofballs — At best? A weird bot. At worst? A very dedicated long-distance stalker.

I have one girl they keep recommending who lives in another state, and we have zero friends in common. It makes no sense.

5. VanillaAversion — Yep, you’re the Facebook Creep.

So the thing I’m gathering from this thread is that oftentimes if you look a person up, you’ll show up on their suggested friends…..

I’ve used Facebook to look people up for YEARS. I’m sure there have been a looooot of people really creeped out to see this vaaaaguely familiar girl as a friend suggestion. Damn.

6. macchettelodicoafa —  Creepy.

I am Italian, living in Italy.

In 2007 I visited Vietnam with my then wife; our guide for the northern part of the country was a nice young lady who worked at Hanoi university and was incredibly fluent in Italian, having studied in my country some time before. We had no common acquaintances in Italy or anywhere else, and I have never been in the Italian city where she studied.

I did not have a FB acount back then, and opened it a couple of years later. After a couple of month, i get a friend suggestion for the lady, whom I actually had almost forgot. I asked her friendship, which she accepted, and noticed we had no other friend in common; in addition, I was her only Italian friend on FB.

I was impressed and a little frightened. It was one of the reasons I closed my FB account few months later, and never opened a new one.

Edit: I did not have any record of the lady’s name, email, phone number or address before FB’ suggestion, so it may have not inferred any connection from them.

7. pollenhead — And how does that make you feel?

my psychiatrist.

8. UberToonces — Don’t be nervous. I think you are safe here.

A real estate agent I had called a few times about seeing a property. We had no shared friends and I had not added her to my contact list.

Even posting this makes me nervous. I don’t trust FB one bit.

Edit: I’ve never used the app on my phone and Facebook does not have my phone number. That’s why it’s so creepy to me.

9. Butthead10102 — Sounds like the beginning to a mediocre rom-com.

I got in an accident with someone, and two hours later they were a suggested friend

10. Jellorage — How is that possible?

I have never had a facebook account, but my SO has one. When we had been dating a few months it suggested my SO and my little brother as friends. They hadn’t met at that point, didn’t go to the same school and have no link besides me that I am aware of.

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence but I was a bit weirded out.

11. neonglitterbandit — Alright Facebook, fuck off with this.

My friend who lived a few houses down had a baby girl they named Ella, and I was talking to my husband about how we needed to go visit them and see Baby Ella for the first time.

The next friend suggestion was someone named Ella Newborn.

12. SapienChavez — This is the exact kind of story we are looking for.

I have never used Facebook, personally.

about 7 years ago, our company lawyer suggested making Facebook and Twitter accounts, for the company. Cant remember why… to hold the name or something.

So, boss tells me to do it. ok.

I set it up with all company info. not one personal thing used.

towards the end of the setup, it says, “you may know these people.” and one of them was a chic I used to bang on the down-low.

noped the fuck out and never logged in with that account ever again.

So, this the kind of story you are looking for, right?

13. koreamax — That’s what happens when they’re linked by the same phone # (I think?).

When I was using Tinder, I would always get friend suggestions of girls I matched with. Almost immediately sometimes

14. FindingMoi — Yeah, suggested ads are a whole ‘nother creepy story.

In the car with my coworker, talking about a former coworker….we only mentioned her nickname, not her name. When I looked at my phone she was my first friend suggestion.

Also not a friend suggestion but equally creepy: my boyfriend bought a computer chair, but it was a tiny bit small for his height. He said there was a big and tall version but he decided against it and went for the regular one because the size difference was so minor and not worth the $100 price difference. When I looked at my phone I got an ad for the EXACT big and tall chair, exact color preference (there were like 8 color options and it advertised it to me in blue. which is what he got but we never discussed), exact everything. Creeped me out man.

15. Red-Star-44 — Well, did you accept?

30 minutes after a cop busted me for having weed he was in my friend suggestions, I actually got mad about that.

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