How to appear among the people you may know on Facebook

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You registered a few days ago on Facebook and you've noticed that the social network makes suggestions about users you may know. Intrigued by the reason, you are wondering how to appear among people you may know on Facebook and you want to know a lot more. Well, if this is indeed the question you want to find an answer for, you should know that you have come to the right place, we will teach you how to appear among the people you may know on facebook.



How to appear among people you may know on Facebook step by step

If you take a few minutes of your time, I can show you the steps to take increase your chances of appearing with people you may know from registered users on the social network and who you may already know in real life.

I speak of probability, because behind the function in question there is a algorithm (of which we don't fully understand how it works) which analyzes and crosses hundreds of data from the billions of users registered on the platform founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

For the reason mentioned above, we cannot 100% guarantee that your name will appear in the suggestions from friends of the people you love, that's for sure.

If everything is clear to you by now, I would tell you not to waste any more precious time in the chat and go straight to the heart of this tutorial: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the following paragraphs and implementing the «advice » that we are about to give you.

I'm sure that whether or not you appear in other users' friend suggestions, you won't have the slightest problem making meaningful friends on the world's most popular social network. I wish you a good reading and, above all, have fun!



  • Appear among people you may know on Facebook
  • have mutual friends
  • Provide accurate information about yourself.
  • Upload your contacts
  • More useful tips to appear in friend suggestions.

Appear among people you may know on Facebook

As I said at the beginning of the post, there is no "magic formula" that appears among the people you may know on Facebook, but, analyzing the official documentation of the social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg, we can deduce what "moves". » to be adopted to increase these probabilities.

have mutual friends

One of the first pieces of information that the Facebook algorithm takes into consideration is mutual friendships. Simply put, Facebook looks at the mutual friendships you have with other users and, based on this data, assumes that you know them (and, therefore, that they know you).

Therefore, if you want to appear among other users' friend suggestions, it is essential that you have people in your friends list who are also friends with the latter (excuse the pun).

This increases the likelihood that you will appear in the section "People You May Know" of the account of the users in question, who may be tempted to make you friends themselves.

To see if you have mutual friends with the person you would like to show your profile to in the «People You May Know» section, go to the person's profile (just type the Name in the Facebook search field and click on the corresponding result), press the Friends tab, then select Mutual friends (from PC) or Mutual (from phone).


If you have mutual friends with the user in question, it is very likely that they will propose you as a friend suggestion. Otherwise, send a friend request to one of the people on your friends list (if you know them) to increase those odds.


Please note that some users have hidden your friends list changing some Privacy Settings. In this case, you won't be able to see the complete list of friends, only those you (possibly) have in common.

Provide accurate information about yourself

Completing your profile information correctly to provide truthful information about yourself is vital for more opportunities to appear among the friendship suggestions that Facebook offers to its users.

Indeed, according to the social network itself, the tips in the function "People You May Know" they are also based on contact networks. Entering information about the school/university you attended or your workplace will therefore increase your chances of being offered to other users you actually know (and who in turn know you).

To make sure that you have entered the information correctly relating to the school/university you attended and/or your place of work, access your Facebook account, go to the Information section of your profile and add the missing information (or correct any incorrect or inaccurate information).

To do this, simply click on the entry Add colleges, Add High School, Add Work Experience, etc. and then indicate your school, university or place of work.

The Facebook algorithm will analyze the information that you provided on yours education and profession and will cross-reference this data with those of other users. Hopefully, you should see your former schoolmates (or current ones, if you are still attending school) and/or their colleghi among people you may know, and as a result, your name may appear in their time among people they may meet.



If you want to increase your chances of appearing in the circle of people who live in the same city as you or in places where you have lived in the past, I recommend that you add this information to your profile as well.

Upload your contacts

Facebook also provides suggestions based on the contacts uploaded on the social network. Since we don't know exactly how the algorithm behind the "People You May Know" feature works, we can't say much about how Facebook assumes we know a person from their contacts: one plausible theory is that it verifies the uploaded contact, details with subscribers and propose ours from time to time name to contacts concerned (and vice versa).

To start uploading contacts to Facebook from your mobile, proceed as follows: start the Facebook application on your Android or iOS device, access your account (if necessary), tap the symbol (≡), press Friends and so on Contacts > Start. As soon as you start uploading your telephone contacts, these will automatically be uploaded to Facebook every time you open the social network's official app.

To start uploading contacts to Facebook from a personal computer, go instead to the login page of the social network, access your account (if necessary), click on the symbol of the two men i at the top, click on the Meet Friends link in the top a right, locate the Add personal contacts box at the top right, select the service through which you want to upload contacts (for example, iCloud, Outlook.com, Yahoo!, etc.) and provide the requested data by filling in the form you see on the screen.

Then provide the email address and password to access the selected account and authorize the import of contacts and click the button Meet friends to start the procedure for importing the contacts of the selected account.

More helpful tips to display in friends suggestions

In addition to the "advice" we have given you in the previous paragraphs, there are other useful tips to appear in friends' suggestions, or at least to increase the chances of this happening. One of them is joining Facebook groups that cover topics that interest you: Facebook often offers suggestions about people you may know based on the groups you've joined as well.

Another way to increase your chances of appearing in friend suggestions on Facebook is being tagged in photos posted on Facebook. If you're tagged in a photo with other people in it, your profile will most likely appear in the "People You May Know" section of the photo.

Some have speculated that Facebook analyzes the research made by users within the social network to make suggestions of friends based on this data.

According to this «theory», if you meet a person (for example at a party) and then look for her on Facebook, the social network could propose his name in the «People you may know» section of your account and do the same with them, the user in question because they will assume that, if you have looked for, of course you know.

As I already told you, this is a hypothesis without any real foundation, since Facebook hasn't confirmed it, but as they say in these cases… There's nothing wrong with trying!


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