Facebook unveils 'Graph Search'

Facebook has unveiled a new search tool at a 'mystery event' in California.

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Your reaction to the new 'Graph Search' on Facebook

We asked you to tell us what you thought of the new Facebook 'Graph Search' function unveiled today. There has not yet been any positive feedback on the ITV News Facebook page.

Here are some of your views on the new function:

  • Barrie Woodward: "Facebook is becoming less user friendly as each day passes. They don't pay any attention to their users and don't value the opinions of their users."
  • Paul Mitchinson: "This tool is part of their marketing/reseach to gather information on individuals, it isn't necessarily for the usual user."
  • Chris Hayter: "Terrible idea, Facebook sucks. Twitter is better."

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Technology expert: Graph Search 'logical next step'

Fortunately for Google, Graph Search isn't designed to take on web search.

It's a personal, user-friendly and, we are told, 'privacy aware', way to answer queries and track people down more easily. And Facebook must prioritise security above all else, or risk alienating or losing users.

In terms of the evolution of Facebook, this feels like the logical next step. And for connection purposes, be that friendship or dating, it is useful and intuitive.

But it's only as reliable and useful as the tags people use.

– Ernest Doku, technology expert at uSwitch.com

Examples of how Graph Search can be used

Facebook users can use the Graph Search tool to search for content that has been shared with them.

Search terms can be typed into a blue search bar at the top of each page, for example:

"Friends who live in my city", "people who like things I like", "photos of my family", "countries my friends have visited", "books read by CEOs".

Facebook's beta version of the Graph Search tool

Suggestions will then appears in a drop down menu. The search results can then be refined by using filters.

An example of search results suggestions

In Summary: Facebook's Graph Search

  • It is a new way for people to navigate their connections to people and content on the social networking site.
  • With Graph Search, you can search for people, photos, places and interests.
  • It is currently available in a "beta" or early version.
  • Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the search feature is "privacy aware" and users can only search for content that has been shared with them.

How Facebook's new Graph Search works

Facebook has introduced its Graph Search, which it says is a new way for people to navigate their connections to people and content on the social networking site.

It says the tool will help users instantly find others, learn more about them and make connections, explore photos, and learn about common interests.

Facebook's Graph Search tool Credit: Facebook

The Graph Search tool can be used to search for people, photos, places and interests.

An example of a Graph Search Credit: Facebook

All results are said to be uniquely based on the strength of relationships and connections.

. Credit: Facebook

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Graph Search 'one of the coolest things we have done'

Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled the social networking site's new "Graph Search" in California.

He said: "This is one of the coolest things we have done in a while".

"Graph Search is the kind of product that we love to build at Facebook - it's a big technology problem and it's also a big social problem".

He went on: "We're not indexing the web. We're indexing our map of the graph - the graph is really big and its constantly changing."

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