At just the beginning of a new year, Social media mammoth, Facebook, has made a big announcement, taking the wraps off by a new social search tool that it is calling “Graph Search”.
What is Facebook Graph Search?
Its not usual web search, instead Graph Search will let people crawl the data available on their network of Facebook friends. Users will be able to find everything from restaurants to movie recommendations, from placed their friends have lived to photos they have liked.
Until now, Facebook users were unable to search for friends who live in a certain town or like a particular book. With Facebook Graph Search, this will be possible now.
What you Can Search with Graph Search?
With Facebook Graph Search you will be able to enter a search term that Facebook will try to evaluate and present you with results. Search terms can be anything, such as:
- Photos I Like
- Photos my friends like
- Restaurants in Islamabad my friends have visited
- Places my family visited in 2012
- My family members who are student
- My friends who live in Dubai
- My female friends who live with in 25 KM those who like movies and are below 25
- and so on…
The word is that all search terms will be detected by Facebook’s intelligent system to produce best results for you. Main focus of Facebook Graph Search will be around following four areas:
- and Interests.
Describing about this new feature, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated:
“Unlike the Google search, Graph search is designed to take a precise query and return to you the answer, not links to other places where you might get the answer. This search feature is privacy protected by which users can only search for content that has been shared with them.”
Those search terms that will not be understood by Facebook will be forwarded to Bing, which will return results from Bing — not Google!
Initially Facebook doesn’t intend on generating revenue from the new service but certainly this exciting feature is likely to increase competition with review websites like Yelp and potentially even Google.
The graph search marks the company’s biggest foray into online search to date, though it displays only information within the walls of the social network rather than links to sites available across the Internet. Facebook has also partnered with Microsoft and Bing to incorporate certain web results into Graph Search. This will allow data such as local weather to appear on the service.
This new feature is currently limited to beta program for US audience and is in a fairly early stage of its development.
If you’re interested to know more about Graph Search, then head through the source link (where you can request for an early testing of the tool as well).
Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch.