So I'd created the account and verified the email addresses, one my daughter's own the other the family one just in case. My wife sent a friend request which I accepted on my daughters behalf - which then took me to the "other people you may know" - this is where it got freaky.
Not only did it have my wife's friends, but it also had my friends also - at the top of the list. Remember at this stage, the only friend to my daughter was my wife - not me - but it still knew to put my friends at the top.
Then it got really freaky.
Amongst the list were people that my wife knew who were not friends of either my wife or me - or to the best of our knowledge anyone who were our friends. In fact two of them were people that some time ago, my wife tried to find but was unsucessful!
Not freaky enough yet? One of the people on the list was my daughter's piano teacher from 2 years ago, neither my wife or I have been searching for her let alone added as a friend.
So where did these people come from? Looking at the piano teacher, the only electronic comunication we could find was an email December 2010 through our family email address. This email is not in the regular PST file but in an acrchive PST, she is not a contact either. Neither my wife nor I remember giving permission to FB to use our family email address to look for friends so how did FB know to recommend that person - even if we had we would not have expected it to mine the messages only the contacts.
Having moved to NZ from the UK it is hard for us to keep in contact with everyone we know, and so FB is a great enabler - but this kind of data mining is frightening. I guess that old 7 degrees of separation just became 2 if you include FB as a friend!
Anyone else have this kind of thing happen to them? Anyone know how FB could have made these links?