Last week’s trendy-thing on Facebook was lists of Top 10 novels that have shaped you/stuck with you/etc. In what should come as a shock to nobody, Facebook was reading our lists and harvesting the data.
For nefarious purposes? Prolly.
In the meantime, the social media platform published some of its findings, including the most frequently listed books. The Harry Potter series won by a length, trailed by To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. (The Bible didn’t even crack the top five, while far, far too many of you were shaped by The Kite Runner.*) FB pointed out that children’s books dominated the list, likely due to their tendency to be read during those adorable formative years.
Facebook found that friends tended to have more overlap among their lists, but to a notably small extent. “The low overlap underlines that even in a world of relatively few highly successful bestsellers, lists of favorites tend to be rather different, even between friends,” Facebook wrote.
FB also threw out one of those cluster graphs the internet is so good at, showing which books correlated with others. Moral of the cluster: nerds stick together:
Now back to your normal routine of pretending those tailored ads in your FB feed have nothing to do with what you type.
* Seriously, how are you “shaped” by The Kite Runner?
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