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MANILA, Philippines - Facebook has announced its "Graph Search," a search engine for Facebook connections.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced what he called the third pillar of the Facebook ecosystem in a press conference on Wednesday, January 16 (Jan 15 in the US) held at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The other two pillars are the News Feed and Timeline.
Zuckerberg clarified that Graph Search "is not web search." Facebook's decision to pursue the product comes as a result of its mission of making the world more open and connected. He added that Graph Search is a tool that people can use to "map out the stories of their lives."
Graph Search is powered by Facebook's index of 240 billion photos, 1 billion people and 1 trillion connections. Users can search through friend connections and search for locations, likes, comments, and tags. "The first version of Graph Search focuses on four main areas -- people, photos, places, and interests."
Facebook has added a search box on its blue top bar. Once you type in search phrases, instant results appear in a drop down. Sample searches on Graph search are: "Who are my friends that live in Quezon City", "Photos of my friends taken in Cebu, Philippines in 2012", "My friends who live in Manila who like Scandal".
Search results are ranked by people that you care about the most, the rest are sorted by mutual friends. Photos are organized by interactions.
Graph Search is aware of privacy settings. You will only get search results about things that have been shared with you.
Facebook said Graph search is in a limited preview or beta, meaning it will only be available to a very small number of people who use Facebook in US English. Facebook will continue rolling out the product over the course of the "next few weeks and month." You can sign up here to join the waiting list.
Facebook also released a video about Graph Search. Watch it below:
Do you think this is a killer feature? Do you have privacy concerns, or are excited about to get it? Let us know in the comments below. - Rappler.com
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