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android – Facebook Graph API: Getting a random N friends?

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m unsure if this is possible —

I’m developing an Android game, and I want it to include profile pictures of 15 random friends.

However, it seems my only option is to call the graph API “/me/friends” (several times, with paging) to get all of a users friends, store the list, then randomly select a subset of friends and retrieve their profile photos.

I was wondering if there’s a single call to the Graph API to sort randomly, or somehow reduce the footprint of this job, so that I can use their server-side ?limit=15 to reduce the requests my app has to make.


How to&Answers:

This is possible via FQL query which you can run with Graph API

SELECT uid, name FROM user WHERE uid IN (
  SELECT uid2 FROM friend WHERE uid1 = me()
) ORDER BY rand() limit 15

To get it via Graph API you just need to issue GET request to:

GET http://graph.facebook.com/fql?q={QUERY_HERE}


If not rand() , you can also use offset and limit

select uid2 from friend where uid1=me() limit 15 offset 15

This will make friend chosen the previous time, not appear again in the new 15 set of friends chosen the next time. I agree its not truly random, because when they say random, there are chances of the previous friends reappearing.