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Is there a way to work out where Facebook gets its "suggested friends" lists from? I recently started getting some very specific suggestions which Facebook could only know if it had access to my SMS messages from some years ago. I have no common friends with them and these people are no longer part of my life for a reason. I'm worried that these people may be seeing me as a suggestion too which I absolutely don't want.

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After 10 years of documenting the world in 140 characters, Twitter now has more than 300 million active users. This might be far fewer than Facebook's 1.5 billion, but Twitter arguably has a disproportionate influence on the world, partly because it attracts a significant number of politicians, journalists and celebrities. Our expert panel explain how their field has been changed by the little blue bird.

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Back in the primitive days of MSN Messenger and ICQ, typing "LOL" was the most popular way to convey online mirth. However, according to new user data released by Facebook, the acronym has since fallen from favour. It seems most internet users have reverted to the more phonetically sensible "Haha" with chuckling emoji also gaining traction. We're curious to hear what your preferred laughter signifier is?

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When you're introducing two people at a party, you can make things easier for both of them and break the ice before they even start talking. Introductions can be awkward. When someone just gestures toward you and says your name, it feels like the ball has been thrown into your court whether you're ready to play or not.

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"Birds of a feather flock together" is a saying that exists in a number of different languages. "Gambá cheira gambá" (opossums smell other opossums) in Brazilian Portuguese is a particularly colourful example. The reason is that like-minded people like to hang out together across many cultures. And it seems the same is true of baboons.

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Getting your resume noticed is everything, and where you share it makes a huge difference. Uploading your resume to a big job board is a start, but many careers have special sites and communities that can give you a leg up on your competition. Let's look at some of the best, based on the field you're in or job you're looking for.