Most online social and dating networks match users with each other based on common keywords and assumed shared interests based on their activity. However, there is a new and different approach with a greater likelihood of positive connections. This interesting information came from in their article, “New approach to online compatibility.”

Current algorithms work in that they look for exact matches and those people who have overlapping interests. They look for connections among friends of friends, and that causes limitations in terms of finding novel connections between people who have no common acquaintances.

The new approach ignores the structure of the network and can find compatible pairs of individuals based solely on their personal characteristics via keywords and activity.

For Facebook users who often wonder why a particular profile is offered to them as “you might want to be friends with”, it is about to get even scarier.

Melody K. Smith

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