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Facebook is improving its search functionality, resulting in the addition of some features (like Graph Search beta) and the removal of Web search results. Those search results, which typically appeared when a user searched for something (or someone) not on Facebook, were powered by Microsoft Bing. Bing is the no. 2 search engine in the U.S., behind Google and ahead of Yahoo! Facebook recently upgraded its phrase-based Graph Search beta, but dropped Bing Web search results. Facebook removed Bing’s search functionality without any fanfare – in fact, no one is quite sure when the search tool was removed, and Facebook has been keeping quiet about the exact termination date. That seems to indicate... Read more...
If you ignored Facebook’s Graph Search when it was first announced at the beginning of the year, it’s time to give the controversial new search engine another look, because it’s rolling out to all U.S. accounts over the next few weeks. Whether you like the search engine will depend on how much you want to find out about your friends and what they like – and how comfortable you are with your own info turning up in people’s search results. A Facebook server room. Image Credit: Facebook With more than a billion users, Facebook has a treasure trove of personal data: what restaurants users frequent, what stores they shop at, what they like to buy, where they’ve... Read more...
Facebook may not be gunning directly at Google's Web search with the new Graph Search, but it's still a unique and fascinating new search paradigm -- particularly now that the company has over one billion individuals to pull data from. Graph Search promises to bring users closer to "friends" -- many of which have thousands of connections that they don't know very well -- by being able to parse though things that people like, and places that people live. Of course, Facebook addressed privacy concerns head-on during Graph Search's launch, but obviously, questions remain. The EFF notes that Graph Search "presents the problem of discoverability." It says: "One can have a good balance of privacy and... Read more...