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Facebook Introduces Graph Search, For Discovering Things

Posted by on January 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm
Facebook Graph Search for photos.

Facebook Graph Search for photos.

Remember that thing that Facebook was doing that I was telling you about yesterday? Well today they introduced Graph Search. What is that? It’s a cool feature that’s being rolled out that will easily allow you to discover things about your friends.

What I mean about easily is by not having to go to each of your friends accounts to see what they like. This will allow you to search for things like, friends who like Star Wars or friends that are friends with X. The first roll out is more focused concentrating on people, photos, places and interest. It will be expanding over the next few years.

What the new search bar will look like.

What the new search bar will look like.

People: “friends who live in my city,” “people from my hometown who like hiking,” “friends of friends who have been to Yosemite National Park,” “software engineers who live in San Francisco and like skiing,” “people who like things I like,” “people who like tennis and live nearby”

Photos: “photos I like,” “photos of my family,” “photos of my friends before 1999,” “photos of my friends taken in New York,” “photos of the Eiffel Tower”

Places: “restaurants in San Francisco,” “cities visited by my family,” “Indian restaurants liked by my friends from India,” “tourist attractions in Italy visited by my friends,” “restaurants in New York liked by chefs,” “countries my friends have visited”

Interests: “music my friends like,” “movies liked by people who like movies I like,” “languages my friends speak,” “strategy games played by friends of my friends,” “movies liked by people who are film directors,” “books read by CEOs”

Whenever Facebook makes a change people are always worried about their privacy. This new search isn’t giving people stuff they couldn’t see already so don’t worry about that. I’ve heard from a couple of people already that they don’t like this, but people could get this information already by clicking on your profile. Open Graph search will be rolling out to everyone in the next couple of months. If you would like to be on the waiting list to hopefully get early access, click here.

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