Facebook unveils Graph Search
By Express Features | Published: 18th January 2013 10:48 AM |
Facebook has unveiled a major addition to its social network - a smart search engine called graph search. With Graph Search, you can look up anything shared with you on Facebook, and others can find stuff you’ve shared with them, including content set to public.
The beta version has been rolled out on a limited basis in the US right now, ultimately it will allow everyone to search easily across the network and their friends’ information.
Earlier there were speculation that the world’s largest social network was about to make a foray into Google’s search territory. But Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg while unveiling the new feature said that they are not indexing the web. “We’re indexing our map of the graph - the graph is really big and its constantly changing," he had said.
In Facebook’s terms, the social graph is the name given to the collective pool of information shared between friends that are connected via the site. It includes things such as photos, status updates, location data as well as the things they have “liked”. That means different people see different results. You can find people based on things they’ve shared with you, including their interests and profile info. You’ll see results for friends who share their city with you, people whose city is set to Public, and suggested results based on info shared with you.
You can find photos you and your friends have posted or been tagged in. Others will see any photos they can see on Facebook, including photos hidden from timeline. Also, according to Facebook things like restaurants and music through your friends and connections can also be searched.
Regarding the privacy setting Facebook page on the new feature says, “As you get started, remember that you can always review stuff on Facebook that relates to you, change the audience for your own content, and ask others to remove photos or other posts. Search respects privacy settings, which means people can search for info about you that they can see on Facebook, based on what’s been shared with them. “The goal of Graph Search is to help you discover new people, places and things. That’s why it shows you the most relevant results, even if they do not exactly match your search term,” it said.