For all the Facebook fanatics out there here is something to cheer you up- The social media giant has launched a whole new kind of searching tool called Facebook Graph Search with which, you can find anything, just anything you want on the website with the help of simple queries, unlike the ones we generally use in Search engines like Google, etc.
The product was officially launched by Mr. Zuckerberg Tuesday, 15th Jan and even though it is still in the beta stage, hopes are already high for it. At the launch Zuckerberg said “Web search is designed to take any open-ended query and give you links that might have answers”, which is quite true. However, Facebook Graph Search gives you the privilege to fetch required information by entering the exact question darting in your mind into the program. For instance, if you want to see which friends of yours are married then all you need to ask Graph Search “Who are my friends that are married?”. Yep, that’s it! And within a few seconds you will be provided the list of your married friends on the screen. With Graph Search it is like you are asking a real person rather than a program. It won’t be wrong to say that simplicity is the key characteristic of this innovative product by Facebook.
The main functioning of Graph Search is based on “filters” which filter the required content from the entire available content on the website. However, since the product is still in a very initial stage, only photos, people, interests and places are the domains where you can implement Graph Search.
One of the most attractive features of Graph Search is photo searching. Finding apt photos with Graph Search is impressively easy. For instance, you can ask Graph Search “photos of my friends taken in restaurants” and it will present you with exactly what is asked. Isn’t that incredible? Otherwise, hitherto for finding the same we had to go to each friend’s profile and scan all his/her photo albums. Just imagine, what if you had hundreds of friends? Finding photos of you with your friends at restaurants would then be practically nearly impossible.
I can understand if you are also feeling the itch to try this new awesome product but alas, Graph Search is only available to limited people. This is the message you will see on the Graph Search page if you are not among the lucky ones- “Graph Search is available now in a very limited beta program for English (US) audiences.”
Graph Search is a very different kind of search tool which is apt for a big social media website like Facebook which has 1 billion profiles, 24 billion photos and 1 trillion connections.
The practical implementations of the tool can range from personal searching to finding potential clients and soul-mates by providing queries like “software testers with 2 years of experience in Toronto” and “20 year old females who like reading books and travelling” respectively. However, all this is based on hypothesis. There are quite possibly many other domains and areas where this tool could turn out to be beneficial. Only time will tell.