Facebook recently announced a new feature for the social networking site that promises to make it easier to locate personalized content through searching. The new “Graph Search” functionality unveiled by Facebook is an easier way for users to search what they and their friends have shared on Facebook. An example would be searching in natural language for “photos of friends in Palo Alto, California taken in 2010” will serve those specifically tailored results.
In its first iteration, Graph Search will focus on four main areas of interest: people, photos, places and interests. Queries provided by Facebook include “software engineers who live in San Francisco and like skiing,” “photos of the Eiffel Tower,” “Indian restaurants liked by my friends from India,” and “strategy games played by friends of my friends.”
As far as information outside of Facebook, the site will continue to serve results scoured by Microsoft’s Bing search engine, and not Google. The graph search varies from Web search in that every piece of content hosted by Facebook has its own audience and most of that content isn’t public, which is different from the results offered by Bing or Google. According to Facebook:
We've built Graph Search from the start with privacy in mind, and it respects the privacy and audience of each piece of content on Facebook. It makes finding new things much easier, but you can only see what you could already view elsewhere on Facebook.
Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When you search for something, that search not only determines the set of results you get, but also serves as a title for the page. You can edit the title – and in doing so create your own custom view of the content you and your friends have shared on Facebook.
Source: Facebook via TIME