Who are your Facebook neighbours?

Who are your social neighbours?

Community. Peers. Group. Network. Friends and followers and contacts. There's almost as many terms for 'them people wot you know' in social media as there are social networks. But you know and I know that lots of the people you 'know' are, in fact, complete and utter strangers. Maybe you met them at a conference for three-and-a-half seconds. Maybe you liked their avatar. Maybe they're a friend of a friend of someone you met at a conference who had a nice avatar.

Which got me thinking: do I actually have as much in common with the next person along in Facebook's random ID numbering as I do with some of the people I'm supposedly 'friends' with? Well, let's take a look...

First, I need to find my Facebook ID number. That's easily done by visiting http://findmyfacebookid.com and popping in the URL of my Facebook profile.

Next I need to add and subtract 'one' from that number and visit the neighbouring profiles by appending them to "www.facebook.com/". And here they are (pixellated somewhat to protect the innocent... and me):

facebook neighbours

I was hoping for Barack Obama and Lady Gaga, but no - to the left, there's the lovely


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