Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Look At Facebook's Graph Search

Graph Search request image from Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 blog
One of the things that's always bothered Facebook users is limited the search ability, both within the network and outside of it too. That prompted the development of the new Graph Search, the search tool that Facebook is slowly rolling out that allows you to do much more precise searches, and even employs Bing to search for things on the web.

While now it's pretty easy to find friends via the Facebook search, soon you'll be able to find things like:
  • public posts
  • people
  • pages
  • events
  • applications
  • groups
  • places
  • check-ins of users and friends
  • objects with location information attached.
Users can also filter results and search only a user's News Feed.

Unfortunately Graph Search isn't available to everyone at the moment, and if you do a search you'll be greeted with a prompt like the graphic on the left that asks you to sign up to be alerted when it's available. That said, it looks like it will be a useful tool whenever it's finally rolled out. Check out this video that shows just what it will do.


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