Expanding Facebook Graph Search Beta!

Facebook Graph Search is a semantic search engine that was introduced by Facebook in March 2013. It is designed to give answers to user natural language queries rather than a list of links. The Graph Search feature combines the big data acquired from its over one billion users and external data into a search engine providing user-specific search results. (Wikipedia).

Earlier this year 2013 Facebook announced the initial beta of Graph Search, a new way to find people, photos, places and interests on Facebook. In the next few weeks, Graph Search rolled out more broadly to everyone who uses Facebook in U.S. English.

According to Facebook Newsroom, tens of millions of people have helped improve the product just by using Facebook Graph Search and giving feedback:

  1. Speed: Facebook Graph Search is faster – both at suggesting potential searches and displaying results.
  2. Query understanding: Facebook Graph Search understands more ways of asking questions.
  3. Results: Facebook Graph Search does a better job at showing the most relevant results first.
  4. Interface: The search box is easier to see and use.

If you are using Facebook US English you should start seeing your search box automatically updated( See Illustration).

Facebook Graph Search
Facebook Graph Search

Facebook says that  ‘Facebook Graph Search’ is just the beginning and they are currently working on making it easier for people to search and discover topics, including posts and comments. They are also also working on getting mobile Graph Search ready.

Controlling what appears in Facebook Graph Search.

As Facebook Graph Search rolls out more widely, everyone on Facebook will see a notice on their home page with a reminder about how to control what they share and with whom. This follows a similar notice in December that highlighted new privacy tools to help people manage what they share on Facebook.

Facebook Graph Search results are personalized and unique for everyone, based on what has been shared with them. For example, if you search for “Photos of San Johannesburg,” you’ll see photos your friends took there and shared with you, as well as Public photos. This means if someone else does the same search, they’re going to see different results because they have different friends, and different photos have been shared with them.

Read more about Facebook Graph Search Here