Is there a bigger misnomer in tech than Facebook’s “People You May Know”?
A more accurate name would probably be “acquaintances from high school you don’t talk to anymore.” Even a simple “WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?!” would be fitting.
Or maybe we should just call a spade a spade and label “People You May Know” what it really is: the perfect microcosm of everything that’s wrong with Facebook.
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For the uninitiated, “People You May Know” is exactly what it sounds like: a Facebook tool that surfaces the profiles of other users the platform thinks you may have a connection with. The tool is available in two places — in a widget nestled in the middle of your news feed and in a subsection of your friends tab — meaning that wherever you see your friends, Facebook is there to nudge you with reminders of other people you can also add to your network. Read more…
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