Facebook Wants You To Friend Your Friends' Friends

Facebook continues to encourage us all to befriend people who've passed through our lives at various points, and now the site has sidebar prompts on friendship pages suggesting folks you might have in common.

Facebook continues to encourage us all to befriend people who’ve passed through our lives at various points, and now the site offers sidebar prompts on friends’ pages suggesting folks you might have in common.

The type of prompt pictured to the right shows up on the right-hand side of any of your friends’ profiles when you visit them.

A spokesperson for the company told us the feature first became available for all users about a month ago. We saw no formal announcement of this addition, but appreciate how not announcing it could be strategic: the company strives to avoid making too many announcements, so as not to confuse people and to make sure that the major improvements don’t get lost in excess noise.

We dig how Facebook encourages us to connect with others in this fashion and have one suggestion: wherever the site suggests possible friendships, there ought to be page a text box or link to instructions on how to make friends lists with differing amounts of access to one’s profile content. That would help make people feel more comfortable befriending those they don’t know as well. Additional links to the help guides on privacy and security would further boost comfiness.

Meanwhile, readers, have you seen any of the mutual friends prompts on the homepage while on Facebook?

Many thanks to Eti Suruzon for the tip.