Your chat sidebar functions similarly. The algorithm selects interactions, activities, correspondence, images, and so on. This selects which friends appear first and have precedence. The friends with whom you communicate the most frequently will generally be at the top of this list.
In addition to these factors, the order in which people show up on your friend list is determined primarily by how they use Facebook. If someone adds you as a friend, then you both get access to their information including photos, events, and groups. They can also send messages to you via email or using the Facebook chat feature. If you don't want to be friends with them anymore, you can remove them from your list by clicking the drop-down menu next to their name and selecting the option for "no longer friends." Alternatively, if you change your mind later, you can re-add them by clicking the drop-down menu again and selecting the option for "yes, I'd like to be friends again."
People often add others as friends without thinking about why they're doing it. As we mentioned, if you accept someone's request to be your friend, they can post updates on your newsfeed. These could be photos from your friend's recent vacation or events that they are involved in. If you find this content interesting, you may want to check out what other things they post on Facebook.
For example, if a friend requests to be your friend on Facebook and you accept the request, they will appear second in your friends list after your current friends.
Who appears first is based on several factors: when you last logged into Facebook, when you last changed your relationship status, when you last updated your profile information, and more.
There are two ways to fix this issue: break down the friends list or remove some people from your list. Removing people from your list is easier said than done though; for that, we need to understand why they appear first on your list.
The algorithm determines which nine friends appear at the top of the list of friends on your profile page. Here are a few variables that influence the algorithm that selects who appears at the top of your list: Communication refers to how frequently you communicate with your close pals in private and group conversations. Socialize uses data from other users on your network to determine which friends would be most helpful in connecting you with people in your area. Location determines which friends will appear near your home city or region. Age determines which friends will appear at the top of your list based on their age range. Gender determines which friends will appear at the top of your list based on their ratio of men vs. women.
It also shows how lately you've engaged with them. Relationship status indicates whether or not your contacts are alive. Gender reveals whether or not women or men are on top of your friend list.
Other factors include your age, religion, political view, hobbies, and location. New friends will appear at the top of your list if you engage with them first. Old friends will drop off as soon as you stop communicating with them.
In other words, the more you interact with different groups of friends, the better chance you have of appearing at the top of their lists!
Now, this doesn't mean that you should try and stay up all night posting status updates or sending messages to multiple groups at once. That's likely to annoy your friends rather than attract new ones!
The best way to grow your audience is through authentic communication. Share interesting articles, videos, and stories with those who will appreciate them most.
This means no spam or advertising posts please! It also means not replying to every comment you get either. Focus on meaningful interactions that help your friends connect with you.
As with the default configuration, Facebook alters the order of these user-specified friends and friend lists based on your behaviors on Facebook as well as random selection, which means that the order of the friends displayed may change each time you—or your friends—visit your profile.
It is technically related to the chat sidebar and who is on your buddy list. It's in the "ChatConfigInitialData" bracketed portion of code. Also, the code next to that list says "need" ["ChatSidebar","init"]. I logged out of chat, and all of the top users were grayed out on my offline chat list. This means they are ordered by how many friends I have on Facebook that also use offline messaging.