Kiam Choo’s Blog

May 20, 2009

Facebook blocks user for adding too many friends too quickly

Filed under: Uncategorized — kiamchoo @ 6:43 pm

My Coworker Chris is up in arms about Facebook.  They blocked him on Monday for adding too many friends too quickly…. blocked means he was unable to log in, and people sending him messages got their messages bounced.  It was as if he didn’t exist anymore no Facebook.  At 2,000 friends, Chris’s influence on Facebook has to be way above average, and now that he’s back in (after protesting strongly), many of his friends are getting to hear about Facebook’s bad behaviour.  It is OK to limit an application’s feature set up front if you have to work according to certain (e.g., technical) constraints.  But not being upfront about it, and then disabling a user’s account when he crosses some secret threshold, is not good.

I’m guessing they thought he was a spammer of some sort building up influence and thus a valuable Facebook account.  But if they would only dig more deeply, they would see that all his friendships are legit.  Bad algorithm.

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