FACEBOOK GRAPH SEARCH
Today, Facebook launched Graph Search, its innovative and robust internal search system. Graph Search, different from Google’s web search capabilities, will answer your personal queries by giving you tailored results from your social graph, or network.
The search improvements will allow users to ask questions in simple Siri-esque language, such as “which of my friends live in Vancouver?” and will be intelligent enough to rank your friends based on how much interaction you’ve had with them. The closer your friend, the higher they will appear in your results list. Essentially replacing the conventional hashtag, Graph Search also offers the capability to search your network based on stories or photos you’ve Liked.
The first version of Graph Search focuses on four main areas - people, photos, places, and interests - and starts today in beta, appearing as a large blue search bar at the top of your Facebook page.
As the personalized Graph Search becomes more widely used we anticipate it becoming the most efficient way to actively seek out word-of-mouth information.
We anticipate future phases will lead to:
* Organizations directly targeting ad-buys for specific searches by users
* Tourism and travel destinations being determined based on popular rankings by the engagement of friends, and friends-of-friends, liking, commenting and checking-in
* Dating services introducing people online based on friends, interests and location
* Recruitment efforts by companies based on refined searches for specific skill sets
Based on your interests, that Facebook has been collecting for years, Graph Search will help you find what you’re looking for and will grow to ensure you never have to leave Facebook to get what you want.
You can sign up for the original beta testing by joining the wait list - here.