I just read an article about Facebook's "reconnect" strategy — the newly implemented practice of featuring a friend you haven't interacted with in a while. They appear on the right side of the newly redesigned homepage. Facebook's explanation:
Facebook is only useful and relevant if you can connect with friends that matter to you. Now you also will begin seeing new Suggestions about people with whom you are already friends, including those who are new to the site. You will see just how much help your friends need by checking out the progress bar located below their profile picture on their profile. You can help them by writing on their Wall or sending them a message, so they have a chance to get involved in sharing as well.
Underneath your friend's photo: the prompt, "Help make Facebook better for her," or "Find more friends for him." What's any caring FB friend to do? While I'm not completely positive how the Facebook algorithms work, it's funny to see who they suggest (my grandmother, for instance). In general, I don't have a problem with the new feature — except if it starts trying to reconnect me with an ex-boyfriend, of course.
Do you like this feature, or would you prefer Facebook stopped making suggestions?