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Facebook Introducing Graph Search a Community Based Search Engine

Kamrul Khan on May 11, 2013 - 4:27 pm in Facebook, Social Media

We all know Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has made an announcement concerning on facebook’s new feature “Graph Search” at a media event at Facebook’s Menlo Park Headquarters.  Graph Search is a search engine for Facebook itself; it is not a web search.   The difference between Graph Search and Web Search is that Graph Search provides you with all personal searches with connection to Facebook whereas Web Search provides you with overall information but not particularly personal.

Facebook Graph Search

Graph Search which is in the beta version now, will soon replace the top blue search bar as it is only accessible to the peoples who uses Facebook.   Graph Search focuses on peoples, places, interest and photos.   This search engine is integrated with Microsoft Bing to score up Facebook’s competition with the Internet search giant “Google”.

There are two ways to be connected to the people- staying connected and making new connections.  There are three ways to fetch information- news feed, Timeline and Graph Search.  News feed helps in knowing what is happening around you and Timeline helps in knowing people.  The third one is Graph Search which is exploring gradually but has very effective searching supremacy.

This Facebook search engine will allow users to find the answer of their questions.  The questions are typed in natural language and answered also in natural way. For example: if you will type “friends who like cricket”, it will display with your results.  If you want more filtered results you just need to type in “friends who was with me in my school and like cricket”, this will provide you with more accurate results.

Graph Search is not limited just to your friends.  It goes connected from your to friend to  his/her friends.  For example: if you will type “friends of Diana whose name is Albert stays in Rome”.  In this example you are accessible to your friend’s friend list with accurate results.  Graph Search also gives you best results when queried on photos.  For example: “photos of my friends”, this will provide you results ranking with high comments and likes and so on.

As it is said that Graph Search focuses on peoples, places, interest and photos. Here are some examples:

People: “friends who live in my city,” “people from my hometown who like hockey,” “friends of friends who have been to National Park,” “software engineers who live in Bangalore and like diving,” “people who like things I like,” “people who like cricket  and live nearby”.

Photos:  “photos I like,” “photos of my family,”  “photos of my friends taken in National Park,” “photos of Statue of Liberty”.

Places:  “restaurants in Mumbai,” “cities visited by my family,” “Indian restaurants liked by my friends from India,” “tourist attractions in India visited by my friends”.

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”.

As it is mentioned above that Facebook has partnership with Microsoft Bing. The reason behind this is that incase user typed in some query which is not available to Facebook but Bing is always there for that queries. This means if you   are not getting your results on facebook via Graph Search, Bing is always there for this support.