Why do other Metafilter users, who I've never emailed with, show up as potential contacts on Google+ ?
posted by mannequito to MetaFilter-Related at 12:39 PM (48 comments total)
A friend sent me the invite a few nights ago, I did a quick basic set-up then and forgot about it until today. Now that I'm spending more time adding people to circles, I've noticed in my list of suggested contacts there's a few regular MeFites that (as far as I know) I've never interacted with through my gmail account. I noticed Matt Haughey, Brandon Blatcher, Afro Blanco and a few others ... actually there's probably more, those are just the instantly recognizable ones.
I'm generally used to the 'Google knows all' concept, I'm just curious how this works - is it simply a case of Google saying "We see you spend a disproportionate amount of time on this site, here's some other people who do too!"
FWIW, the only other irregularities I noticed on the suggest contacts list:
-several family members of the girl who sent the invite (she is not on Metafilter)
-Mark Zuckerberg (I've never had Facebook)