Not Liking the New Facebook “Browse Friendships” Function

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I am not sure when Facebook started this, I just saw it today. I understand Facebook wanting to come up with new options and ideas for Facebook, but this idea is just another way for people to easily see more about me than perhaps I want them to know. Right now, the information is minimal, but what could it turn into? When will a privacy setting be developed for this?

I have local friends and I have SEO friends. I don’t want my local friends understanding and knowing everything about my SEO friends. Quite frankly, they don’t get our humor and misunderstand things. Right now there is a separation of info that I am comfortable with. This is now changing.

See Friendship

I was speaking with Michael Gray and saw “See Friendship” above our discussion. I clicked on it and was able to see the last image we took together, events we have attended and some past interactions.

To the right I saw the following:

Next – See My Friend’s Friends…

I clicked around a bit and realized I can see information on my friends and detailed information on the relationships they have with their friends. Example:


Again, right now the information is minimal, but I still don’t like it. I don’t like the the idea of what it could turn into either and I don’t like people knowing details about my friendships with others. It just isn’t their business. Typically you might have friends that dig through your friend list, but how deep do they really go? How much can they really find out? I know they can gather info, but do they take the time? Typically not. Now, with browse friendships, Facebook has handed everything over on a silver platter.

What are your thoughts?

Melissa Fach

Melissa Fach

Melissa is the owner of SEO Aware, LLC. She is a consultant and trainer helping companies make the most of their content marketing and SEO. She specializes is the Psychology behind blogging and content marketing. Melissa is also an associate on the Community team at Moz, an associate and writer at CopyPress and an editor at Authority Labs. She is a self-proclaimed Star Wars and Internet geek and volunteers with big cats at
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  • Dom

    It’s 2 years old 😉
    I’m not liking this, either.

    • Melissa Fach

      First time I have ever seen it, see comment below. She doesn’t have it either.

    • Oliver Ortega Chua

      I’ve had it for a long time, too.

      I don’t mind when it’s “me and friend” but, I agree, “friend and friend” may be going too far.

  • Catherine Lloyd-Evans

    Interesting….I don’t have that on my Facebook right now, so I guess they’re rolling it out gradually or something. It IS a bit close for comfort – I can’t personally see it being an issue, but then, I work from home and I kind of am my ‘brand’ – I can imagine that if you work in a very work/home separated situation it might be a problem. Thanks for highlighting this – will be keeping my eyes on it!