I am toying with how to show my users potential colleagues (friends if you will) on my site. These "friends" are a list of academics that have been drawn up based on 1) common research interests with the user and 2) distance from user....(1) is heavily weighted as in research, common interests are far more important.
I have a carousel on the current users profile page above the profile which displays potential colleagues..
In my opinion, it does the job, but is a big ugly thing on the profile page (sort of distracting in an annoying way). As you can see there is a close button and when you hover over the pictures a simple popover appears.
I am thinking it would be nice to have a separate page with a grid. In other words the user decides to see suggested colleagues. On the profile page I coudl have a button or clear call to action link saying "See suggested colleagues" or something like that.
So advice is badly needed. I've been staring at this thing for ages and can't get perspective.
PS. I am an academic doctor who programs, not a professional developer.