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Subject: Friend Search - by similarity percentage?
Date Posted: 5/26/2015 3:31 PM ET
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I've decided since PBS has that "adored" Friend Direct/First option - I should try to friend up my account. Right now my Wish List is not very big because I'm looking for certain titles/authors. I've got a bunch on my Reminder List that I'm not ready to order yet.

So, with that being said, is there a way to search for friends based on similarity? After you become friends, you can see the common percentage. I thought it would be cool to see that beforehand and make friends. wink

Date Posted: 5/26/2015 3:55 PM ET
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If you open their profile it will tell you the common percentage. Its on the right side- about halfway down the page. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2015 4:02 PM ET
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I did see that... just seems a bit tedious because I'd need to click on every single name in the member directory A-Z. Right now I just go by forum comments I like and then check out the profile, who they're friends with.. trolling LOL.

It'd be wonderful if the directory would give the similarity percentage. They display member badges, meh... I could care less what membership you have or if you use printable postage LOL. I would rather sort by similarity than state. cheeky

Subject: not really 'similar'
Date Posted: 5/26/2015 8:01 PM ET
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As has been discussed in other threads about the 'similarity' function, this is what the 'help' docs say:

 
Similarity Index on Friends
  • This is a fun feature that tells you how much you and a Friend have in common! It is mostly based on your book ratings, and your choice of "favorite genres" on your Member Homepage.
  • If a similarity score for a friend seems inaccurate, rate more books in the database; if your Friend also rates books, this  should improve the accuracy of the score.
Date Posted: 5/26/2015 8:06 PM ET
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It's been my experience the percentage  algorithm is not very accurate. For example I see 27% when I look at your shelf., but in reality  it's probably higher since I see books I've read or have  TBR or WL on both your shelf and WL and  quite a few unfamiliar that sound intriguing to me so I might add them to my WL. That said, you can simply ask for friend requests through a post here in the forums and you will likely get plenty of responses. You can pick and choose through those or set your account to auto accept friend requests. The way the site works, the more the merrier.

Date Posted: 5/26/2015 9:13 PM ET
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One thing I'd like to point out is that a BIR list match is more likely to be similar to you than a 'posted books' or WL match since many of us post books we haven't read nor are interested in and also include on our WL books for others--family or friends. (for example, the YA books on my WL are all for my 19 year old daughter, plus I include wishes for my daughter who is a teacher then have them mailed directly to her using the 'alternate address' function)



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Date Posted: 5/26/2015 9:24 PM ET
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I get what your saying about friending same reading interests but I hope for the "someone gave me this new release Stephen King/Dean Koontz book and I hate them so I posted the book".  wink

Date Posted: 5/27/2015 9:44 AM ET
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Has anyone else noticed that there seem to be some members who don't rate books?

I thought to get a book placed on your BIR you HAD TO give it a star rating.



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Date Posted: 5/27/2015 1:08 PM ET
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Linda, Jeanne, Valerie  -  You are absolutely right about the BIR/WL vs. posted similarity! I know I have several books posted that I thoroughly did not like or am no longer interested in. Going off posted similarity would definitely not help! 

Yes, I believe you have to rate the book to get it under your BIR list. I've been trying to rate more books lately, starting with the ones I enjoyed the most. 



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Date Posted: 5/27/2015 1:08 PM ET
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*double post error.



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Date Posted: 5/27/2015 1:08 PM ET
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*double post error.



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Date Posted: 5/27/2015 1:47 PM ET
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I don't rate books and don't use BIR. I find ratings to be unreliable anyway since everyone has their own perspective and I need context to make sense. Plus,  when I read reviews after reading a book I often wonder if I read the same book as the reviewer, lol.  I don't keep track other than fictfact or my transaction archive and personal notes on everything that passes through my shelf.

Date Posted: 5/27/2015 2:10 PM ET
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I agree with Jeanne wholeheartedly. I post a lot of books I haven't read and have no interest in that were given to me by others. I also WL many books for family members. I mostly listen to audio books, but I even listen to some I'm not interested in. I'm always trying to get enough to keep up with my audio swap, so if I find them somewhere cheap, or get them in a deal, I will listen to them to make sure they have no skips. I think forum comments are a better way to see how much you have in common with someone. Having more friends on this site will benefit you regardless of whether you have similar reading tastes.

Date Posted: 5/29/2015 5:07 AM ET
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Brittaney I sent you a friend request we only have a 34 % but from your wl I can tell we have similar reading tastes.  I check friends wl first, before posting fifo.   I think what the others have said is accurate I've never found a person on here that I have more than a 40% with but I trade frequently with friends here, and a large majority of mine have similar reading tastes.  Have you tried friending people who are active in the paranormal forum, especially those that post in the paranormal challenge, and those that post in the top sticky thread about new books coming.  Those are the more active members who read para, you could even check out those in the games forums, there are a lot of paranormal readers there too.   

Date Posted: 5/29/2015 6:08 AM ET
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I've got a few in the 40-46% range, but that's my highest.

Date Posted: 5/29/2015 1:23 PM ET
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I have a few friends in the 51-52% range but most of them are in the 25-35% range. They say that rating books you've read will improve the accuracy so I've been trying to go back and do some ratings. It would be nice though if there was an easy way to see which site members you were most compatible with.

Date Posted: 5/29/2015 1:36 PM ET
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Just my own perceptions......   People who want the same stuff as me DO NOT want to trade, they want to keep it, as do I. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2015 2:51 PM ET
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I have a fair number of friends but I think I've had a WL friend offer maybe once in the past couple of years. But, I've sent a few. I'm glad someone is benefitting from my membership!

Date Posted: 5/29/2015 9:24 PM ET
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Valerie, that is precisely why it is good to have as many friends as you can, regardless of what they read. If I get books given to me that I have no interest in, I'm going to post them not keep them.

Date Posted: 5/30/2015 9:13 AM ET
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Sasssy,  that's right!  Make friends of all interests. yes

Date Posted: 5/30/2015 10:45 PM ET
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Doubling the number of friends here hasn't increased my WL offers at all so I don't auto-request friends. My friends here I hope are TRUE friends, not virtual friends, or folks who just want to get something out of it (like more of their most desired books).