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Close Facebook Friends Are Effective in Finding New Jobs

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Many users regard Facebook as a place to waste time and socialize with people to whom they have tenuous connections. But a new study suggests that spending time on the social network interacting with your closest friends may increase your chances of landing a new job.

The Daily Beast news site reported on the study, by HCII alum Moira Burke, now a researcher at Facebook, and Robert Kraut, HCII professor.

The findings might seem obvious at first glance. “But it actually negates the classic sociological theory that weaker acquaintances—those who interact with different groups, read different websites, and talk about different things—will connect you with your dream job,” writer Nina Stochlic points out. is among additional news outlets that have covered the story.