Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had launched the newest feature for Facebook. The interestingly named Graph Search is officially rolling out and making waves at the search engine scene as it may become a strong contender for Google.
Featuring a wide variety of search categories aimed in looking for people who share interests, locations, hobbies, and more, Facebook Graph Search aims to let users make new connections and to strengthen existing ones through sharing common interests. This opens up a lot of interesting avenues for specific searches using Facebook. Through Graph Search, you can put in “friends who live in New York that watches American Idol” and schedule a viewing party with those friends. Have a nice night out by searching for “bars visited by friends in Chicago” to find out recommendations for the best bars in town.
Photos are also integral to the Graph Search implementation as it also allows users to search for pictures in a more detailed fashion. Queries for “photos of my friends in Athens” or “pictures taken at the beach” will turn up lots of interesting pictures that you can enjoy. Similarly, a blast of nostalgia is easily achievable by a simple query of “photos I liked taken on December 2008″ or “photos of my college friends”.
Perhaps the biggest factor for Graph Search domination over the traditional search engines is the integration of Facebook social media responses. You can input searches such as “pictures that I like” or “posts I have commented on”. These kinds of information are not available elsewhere as they rely on Facebook media such as Likes and Comments to function which makes Graph Search an extremely valuable and interesting tool.search for pictures in a more detailed fashion. Queries for “photos of my friends in Athens” or “pictures taken at the beach” will turn up lots of interesting pictures that you can enjoy.
However, with a potential of enabling more cyber-stalking and other privacy related issues, Facebook might receive a lot of negative backlash for this move. With the arrival of Graph Search, your profile is not only completely public but alarmingly indexed easily as well. With a lot of users still unaware of exactly how much of their profile is open and accessible to the public, Graph Search may be a huge disadvantage for the common Facebook user.
While still in its infancy, Graph Search can be a pretty nifty tool to allow users to know more about and share more with their Facebook friends. From an industry standpoint, it also does have the potential to be a game-changer in the epic battle between Facebook and Google. Then again, if it comes at the price of user privacy, Facebook might scare away current and potential users from using this giant social media platform. A hit or a miss? What do you think? Leave a comment below or read more by clicking on the related links below.