All you need to know about Facebook’s Graph Search
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: Facebook introduced a new version of search
on the site called Graph Search late yesterday night India time. According
to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook now has three pillars, namely Newsfeed,
Timeline and now Graph Search. Graph Search is still in beta mode and when
it does go live it will be available on desktop first. Mobile version of
Graph Search will still take some time.
So what is that you as active Facebook users need to know about
Graph Search? Here’s a quick look at exactly how it works.
it looks: Graph
Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page once it goes
live. When you search for something on Facebook, that search not only determines
the set of results you get, but also serves as a title for the page. Facebook is
giving users the option to edit the title of the page as well and thus create
their own custom view of the content that you search/share.
is not web search: Zuckerberg
pointed this out at the very beginning of his presentation. It’s not going to
give your best possible results and links like a regular web search. Instead
Graph search will look at phrases that you type and give you results based on
what your friends have shared.
it will let you search for now: Currently
search will focus on Photos,
People, Places and Interests. So
if you want to search for say people who live in your city with the same
interests like a Tv show, Graph search will show you the relevant results. Every
time you check into a restaurant or mall, Facebook’s Graph Search could show it
to your friends if they too search for the same place.
about privacy Again
Zuckerberg was keen to emphasise this during the press event and it seems Graph
Search will not shred your privacy settings. Only results that you have shared
with friends, friends of friends, or the public, will be found by other people.
Photos, updates and links that keep at a custom setting of “Me only” won’t be
displayed in Graph Search.
Remember though that if you have a group photo with several
friends tagged in it, their friends will be able to search for the picture via
Graph Search. Facebook will be giving users the option to review the Activity
log before they make Graph Search live across the site.
So yes, it’s time to go to your timeline and hide any pictures
that you don’t want to public or share with all with all your Facebook friends.
Facebook Graph Search is still in
beta and is only available for users with US English as their default language.
To join the waitlist click here.
‘Refine This Search’ box
which is on the side of the Graph Search. It will let you change the pieces of
your search equation as and when you want.
Friends of friends feature
is all about dating queries. The so-called new-connections that Zuckerberg was
talking about. This will let you search for friends of your friends with certain
Photos of my friends The
results are according to ‘the best photos’. This is decided by comments, likes
Zuckerberg said at the conference, “We are indexing our map of
the graph, which is really big and constantly changing. Almost a million new
people every day. 240 billion photos. 1 billion people. 1 trillion connections.”
So yes Facebook has a lot of data and it’s going to try and let you search