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Graph Search shows "Photos of my friends before 1999"  (Source: Facebook)
Graph Search is a search engine that grabs information off of Facebook instead of the whole World Wide Web

Facebook revealed a new social search feature called "Graph Search" today, which will provide any public information users ask of regarding others on the social network.

Graph Search, which is still in beta, is a search engine that grabs information off of Facebook instead of the whole World Wide Web. For instance, a user can type "Friends who live in my city," and Graph Search will provide photos and profiles of friends that live in that user's city. Another example is typing "Photos of my friends before 1999," and a collage of photos of friends before 1999 will appear.

The new feature is separated into four categories: People, photos, places and interests. Users can search under any of these categories to find others and information from or about others.

"Graph Search and web search are very different," said Facebook's Tom Stocky and Lars Rasmussen in a blog post. "Web search is designed to take a set of keywords (for example: “hip hop”) and provide the best possible results that match those keywords. With Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: "my friends in New York who like Jay-Z") to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that's been shared on Facebook. We believe they have very different uses."

When announcing the new feature today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was careful to note that users can only search information that is available to them. If something was kept private from them, they cannot search and find it.

For now, Graph Search is only offered in English and will present itself as a larger search bar at the top of each page. To get a glimpse of the beta, go here.

As for Facebook's Web searches, the social network announced that it will use Bing.

Source: Facebook



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I wonder if they can pull this off?
By Tony Swash on 1/15/2013 3:51:41 PM , Rating: 3
I guess they decided that Google wanted to destroy their business so they might as well have a go at Google's. I wonder if they can pull this off?

This is an interesting take on it.

http://searchengineland.com/facebook-search-not-go...




RE: I wonder if they can pull this off?
By GulWestfale on 1/16/2013 1:39:23 AM , Rating: 1
apple's attempt aat a social network was a pathetic, epic, FAILURE.
i wouldn't have brought it up, because i don't care, but with you, i enjoy rubbing it in. :)


RE: I wonder if they can pull this off?
By Tony Swash on 1/16/2013 6:19:23 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
apple's attempt aat a social network was a pathetic, epic, FAILURE.


Couldn't agree more more. Luckily social networking is not the business Apple is in so it's failures are of trivial consequence for the company.

Given that Google has happily attacked the business foundations of multiple companies large and small in an attempt to destroy them in order to control all the world's user data in order to promote it's advertising business I would be amused to see them on the receiving end of a threat to their core search business.


RE: I wonder if they can pull this off?
By StevoLincolnite on 1/16/2013 7:05:55 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Luckily social networking is not the business Apple is in so it's failures are of trivial consequence for the company.


Well. The only consequence it has is that it proves Apple can't just package anything and sell it.

Plus, it's another avenue that failed in the quest of diversification, if the iPhone or iPad ever falters then Apple will start to look wobbly on it's feet.


By Tony Swash on 1/16/2013 1:33:43 PM , Rating: 2
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Plus, it's another avenue that failed in the quest of diversification, if the iPhone or iPad ever falters then Apple will start to look wobbly on it's feet.


Given Apple created an entirely new product line in the iPad only three years ago that is now worth $32 billion in sales a year and rising, an iPad business that if it were standlone would make the Fortune top 100 and is already about half the size of Microsoft's entire business, I think Apple will cope perfectly well with the challenges of diversification.

It is truly astounding that Apple hatred can so utterly suck the intellectual juices out of people's brains that that can look at the company that has had in the last decade the most successful and largest diversification programme in the entire history of business and say that it will be challenged by diversification. Stupid is the wrong word, we need something stronger, dense perhaps, no still not strong enough, cretinous, close but still not strong enough.


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