A new survey from Pew about Facebook has thrown up some startling revelations about how we all use the service. The stand out figure from the survey was the fact that if you enabled the "friends of friends" setting and you han above average amount of connections then millions of people could be looking at your photos. As they day themselves
Facebook users can reach an average of more than 150,000 Facebook users through their Facebook friends; the median user can reach about 31,000 others. At two degrees of separation (friends-of-friends), Facebook users in our sample can on average reach 156,569 other Facebook users. However, the relatively small number of users with very large friends lists, who also tended to have lists that are less interconnected, overstates the reach of the typical Facebook user. In our sample, the maximum reach was 7,821,772 other Facebook users. The median user (the middle user from our sample) can reach 31,170 people through their friends-of-friends.
Although the number won't be in the millions for most people it is a start reminder of the scale of Facebook and the consequences of ticking certain boxes on the site that might seem fairly minor at the time. The survey used Facebook logs of hundreds of users and had some other interesting findings including...
40% of Facebook users in our sample made a friend request, but 63% received at least one request
Users in our sample pressed the like button next to friends' content an average of 14 times, but had their content "likedâ€ an average of 20 times
Users sent 9 personal messages, but received 12
12% of users tagged a friend in a photo, but 35% were themselves tagged in a photo
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