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How does Instagram provide suggestions?

Discussion in 'Instagram' started by elavmunretea, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. elavmunretea

    elavmunretea Elite Member

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    So the other day Instagram released a windows-based version of their platform, which is really handy.

    I went ahead and created an account, no proxy or anything, using a personal sim card, and when I went I logged in, I was presented with a list of suggestions, as to who I should follow.

    So far all I had entered was my email, phone, and username, yet Instagram still suggested that I follow some people that I already know, from the local area.

    At first, I thought they made these suggestions based on your IP address, however, some of the accounts live around 5 miles from me, and others 20 ish.
    So my question to you guys is: How did Instagram associate me with these people? This isn't exactly a personal account, so I manually un-ticked "Include your account when recommending similar accounts people might want to follow"

    What do you think?
     
  2. ramyh96

    ramyh96 Power Member

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    they can know by your fb ip, or phone number
     
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  3. elavmunretea

    elavmunretea Elite Member

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    That doesn't explain why all of the suggestions were people I know (1-2 years ages gap), considering I have 2 phone contacts on that SIM and a Dynamic IP
     
  4. ratonjd

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    I know what you mean, I created an IG profile for marketing purposes and it suggest me a lot of people I know that shouldn't be there. It's a mistery...