On January 15, 2013, Facebook launched a beta version of Graph Search. It is still in its infancy and you can sign up to become a beta tester once it is available. Currently, it is only available in English and in the USA.
How Does Graph Search Differ from Traditional Search?
Traditionally, we can only search using keywords in the search engines, but Graph Search (when completed), is supposed to give users the ability to search for people, places and things in a whole new way. For example, you can search:
- People who live in your town
- Childhood classmates
- Prospective Employees
- People with similar interests (music, books)
- Friends who went to specific colleges
- Places your friends like
- Hobbies your friends enjoy
- Photos of your friends from a certain time period (childhood photos or photos from the Summer of 2012 are just a few examples)
Graph Search for Business
Businesses will be able to use graph search to locate people who have interests in their products or services. This should make finding your target market much easier. Now, they will be able to reach out to you directly (if you give them permission) and ask your opinion, share new products or send you discounts.
Graph Search and Privacy
Facebook says that they will not take your privacy away with all of these different ways to search; they will make it easier for you to organize your searches. All of your facebook privacy settings will remain intact, so people will only be able to find you if you give them permission to access your pages.
How Do You See What Others Can See in Graph Search?
Graph Search will only allow people to find you based upon your privacy settings. If you want to know how to manage what they see, do one of the following:
- Visit the audience selector to see who can view what you share
- Go to your activity log to review and find what you have shared on your timeline
- Click on the About section on your timeline to manage your basic information
How Do You Think Graph Search Will Impact the Way You Search?
We would love to hear your thoughts. Tell us how you think Graph Search will impact the future of the way you search.