Facebook today introduced a new search engine, called Graph Search. The search tool is not meant to replace, at least for now, regular web search engines such as Google and Bing. Web search is designed to take a set of keywords (for example: “hip hop”) and provide the best possible results that match those keywords. With Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: “my friends in New York who like Jay-Z”) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook.
So How Can You Use Facebook Graph Search?
You can search for friends who live in your old neighborhood or a new city you are moving or planning to move to. For example you can type: “Who are my friends that live in Miami” Or find friends that have similar interest as you “Who are my friends that run”. Facebook even personalize these results based on what they know about you so the search results you get are different than what someone else might get doing the same search.
Are you single? Facebook will try to hook you up. If you search “who is a single man”. You will get results of single men who are in your network or even friends of your friends. You just need to have the guts to contact them.
This is probably one of the most interesting search function in the new Graph Search. You are heading to a new town for work but don’t know where a good vegetarian restaurant is? Graph Search might have the answer for you and probably better than a regular search engine since it is searching its huge user base recommendation rather than giving you just a list of restaurants.
Say you are searching for photos of a new home office setup or a video of how to attached a bike computer to the handle bar or photos of the Grand Canyon. Results are sorted by engagement so you see the ones with the most likes and comments at the top.
The possibilities are really endless. You can search Facebook for information (such as photos, videos, that other users have shared.
You can use Grpah Search to find a new book to read or a good movie to watch on Friday night that other friends have recommended.
What can’t you search for on Facebook?
Information that are shared on website such as product information, restaurants work hours, flight information. Facebook Graph search doesn’t index website such as Google or Bing. You will only see results that people search in Facebook.
How About Privacy?
Facebook is going to put an “encouragement” on the homepage for people to check out what they’re sharing. They have built a few tools so you can see the photos and information that will be in Graph Search. You can bulk untag things for the first time.
Graph Search is tied into your privacy setting so people shouldn’t find information that you don’t want included in the search results.