Facebook's new search feature, Graph Search, rolls out to more users

Time to bid adieu to Facebook's rudimentary search feature! The new and improved Graph Search makes it easier to find people, places, photos and interests on the network.

By Kul Bhushan Published Date
08 - Jul - 2013
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08 - Jul - 2013
Facebook's new search feature, Graph Search, rolls out to more us...

Facebook Graph Search, a semantic search engine announced by the company earlier this year, is now being rolled out to U.S. users and those using site in the US English setting.

Facebook had made its Graph Search available to select users earlier this year. Facebook says after six months of user testing and feedback, the feature is now ready for general users.

"Over the past few months, tens of millions of people have helped improve the product just by using it and giving feedback," Facebook says in blog post, which is supposed to be published on Monday.

The Graph Search results focus on four core points – people, places, photos and interests. People search gives you results such as “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"

For photos, Graph Search shows results such as “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”.

Similarly, search for places shows “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" and Interest shows “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".  Read more about Graph Search's features here.

Facebook is believed to have taken on Google Search with its Graph Search. Facebook, however, denies this. "Graph Search isn't Web search. We aren't duplicating what Bing does and what Google does, but rather we are making things easier for people to find on Facebook," ABC News quotes Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg as saying at at the All Things D conference earlier this summer.

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