When Facebook announced its media event that was held this morning it San Francisco tech circles were a buzz about what the announcement could be, was it a Facebook Phone? was it a New Facebook News Feed? or was it something to do with New Zealand’s Facebook users getting a new Facebook timeline (check out our article here). So as it turns out it was none of the above, Facebook announced this morning a new Graph Search feature.
Introduced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg the new Graph Search is intended to be a privacy setting aware search engine, to search only content that has been shared with you within Facebook but also through Microsoft’s Bing search engine. This announcement bring closer ties with Facebook and Microsoft with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Skype already integrated into the to social media platform.
Graph Search will allow you to search through any content on shared through you Facebook friends, allowing you to locate images of a particular event and time, find friends with similar interests or skills, even find places your friends like to visit. All while displaying these result in a more graphical interface than a typical search engine.
Facebook also unveiled this video showcasing how Facebook’s Privacy settings work, in particular with the new Graph Search feature which gives you more insight into how it works.
For more information about Facebook’s new Graph Search including and option to join the Beta program head to Facebook’s website - http://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch. Have a look and let us know what you think about this latest Facebook feature with a comment below.
Update – Facebook recently added this blog post providing more information about its new Graph Search feature - http://newsroom.fb.com/News/562/Introducing-Graph-Search-Beta