Facebook’s press event announcement has revealed its new mystery product. There were many rumors of new product launches by Facebook, You might have heard about the Facebook phone which was a much hyped rumor. Another one was the Facebook’s Search Engine, This was more realistic since Mark Zuckerberg had given small hints related to this product. Anyways finally the Search Engine is out of the covers and available for Public and named as “Graph Search”. Although in beta this product has received exceptional remarks.
But don’t mistake this search engine with Google. Although it is a tough competition to Web Searches in many forms but Graph Search doesn’t replace the native Google Search/Yahoo or Bing Search. They work in a bit of different directions.
In simple words, Google is designed to give you results from all around the web which closely matches your input Keywords/Query. While in Facebook’s Graph Search, It is designed to take in phrases queries to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook.
An example use of Facebook’s Graph Search would be to find people with similar interest with many other filters.
“People who like Linkin Park” – would return you results of friends who like the Music Band ‘Linkin Park’.
An example of a filter would be,
“People who like Linkin Park and are from India” – would return you results of friends in India who like the Music Band ‘Linkin Park’.
The underlined text is the filter in this case.
As you just saw the Graph Search allows you to fire queries just as you speak normally which is an epic improvement to the normal Search.
Since the product is in beta, It supports the following areas in its search.
- People : “People from this this city”
- Photos : “Photos I have liked”
- Places : “Best coffee shop in this this city”
- Interests : “Movies that my friends like”
Facebook has many more areas to include into Graph Search and some stuffs in their ‘To do’ list is the ability to include Instagram Photos, Spotify lists to the search results.
As with any other Facebook product, Privacy has been a top priority and only stuffs from your history that you have set to public visibility will be shown in the Facebook Search Results. This product doesn’t change anything in your privacy settings automatically.
When the Graph Search becomes active on your account, The homepage will ask you to review your history and remove any stuffs that you are not comfortable sharing with public. This is the first time you will be given an option to bulk untag photos.
This is what Zuckerberg said:
“Before we rollout Graph Search we’re going to put an encouragement on the homepage for people to check out what they’re sharing. We built a few tools so you can see the photos and information that will be in Graph Search. You can bulk untag things for the first time.”
How to Activate Facebook Graph Search.
To activate facebook graph search, You need to join the waiting list. Just head over to this link : [Facebook Graph Search] and click on the “Join Waiting List” button.
While on that page, You can also get a glimpse of the new Search Engine by clicking on the “Try a search” link.
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