When Facebook announced their new Graph Search earlier this month, people were instantly either excited about the possibilities or fearful for their privacy.
This new search uses the personal information people have shared on Facebook and makes it searchable by their friends, friends of friends, or the world. Searching “friends who like Harry Potter” or “photos of San Francisco” will show results unique to you, based on your friends and their interests and content.
Here are five things to know about the new Facebook Graph Search:
- Graph Search is not web search: Web searches result in links that more than likely have the answers you’re looking for, whereas graph search gives you a specific, personalized answer, not links.
- Graph Search is highly personal: Because you have a unique set of friends on Facebook who have different interests, likes, and content, your Graph Search results will always be unique to you.
- There’s limited availability right now: Graph Search is in limited beta right now and is being rolled out slowly. You can request to be placed on the waiting list and will be notified when it’s available to you.
- Facebook partnered with Bing: If your search results aren’t found in Facebook, the Bing search engine will power the results. What does this mean for the future? A Facebook/Bing relationship could mean paid-for results may someday appear in our Facebook searches.
- It’s time to review your privacy settings: Settings set to “public” or “friends of friends” will allow you to appear in searches done by people other than your friends. For the most privacy, make sure your settings are set to “friends” or one of your lists.
Facebook released this video as a quick introduction to Facebook Graph Search. Check it out – then get your spot on the waiting list!