Facebook’s New Graph Search and You

facebook eyeIt’s no surprise that Facebook, which is arguably  among the largest data mines based on voluntary content submission there is online has announced a BETA social search feature ie Graph Search as it’s  making a lot of noise.  Facebook members can search for other users and filter the results based on  interests, education, age, location  and much more.  If you make it into the BETA program you may be surprised or even shocked at what you find when you use Facebook  Graph Search.

Facebook already has a business resource site. Now Graph Search is available now in a very limited beta program for English (US) audiences. Log in to Facebook and sign up for using Graph Search.

As Facebook rolls out its search engine, Graph Search, and pushes its users to perform more queries on the social network, it’s worth bearing in mind that those queries are not only logged, but stored in an easily-accessible way…. To review your search history, go to your Facebook profile, navigate to the “Activity Log” button on the right-hand side of the page, click the “Search” tab in the column on the left-hand side of the page and gasp in horror.

via You’ll Want To See This Before You Start Searching On Facebook

You’ll want to take a closer look at your profile. Tweaking your Activity Log just became a necessary and tedious new part of being a Facebook user.

via Privacy Settings You Must Change Before Using Facebook Graph Search

The introduction of social search on Facebook, the world’s most popular site (see our graph depicting the number of active users), promises to put a big dent in Google’s position as the king of online search tools. It may even depose YouTube’s ranking as the second-most used search tool on the web.

via Labour Pains : Facebook’s New Graph Search

You know how paid links is a problem for Google optimization? It will be interesting to see how “like buying” fits into the Facebook picture as it pertains to ranking in Graph Search.

… Facebook will also make suggestions in the search bar, and will display Bing results (and ads) for web searches. Pages and apps will continue to be able to use sponsored results. These will continue to appear whether or not the user has Graph Search yet.

via What Does Facebook Graph Search Mean For SEO?

I’m curious. I would like to know how many of my readers are in the Facebook Graph Search BETA program.  Come on now … fess up.

9 thoughts on “Facebook’s New Graph Search and You

  1. FB seems to be the greatest time waster ever invented. And that’s saying something when you consider it’s competing against YouTube and Twitter and what seem to be a gazillion other social media sites. I’ll confess I’m on FB. I signed up to see if having a FB business (fan) page might attract some clients. Nothing so far. I find it very easy to believe that FB’s ultimate objective is to be the world’s biggest data mine, and to sell that info to marketers.

    P.S. Your observation that WP is set up to frustrate bloggers’ wish to turn off the Like option caught my attention. Just what we needed: more evidence that we have less control than we think… : (

  2. Its interesting looking at the comments here. I’m using facebook less and less, and twitter and blogs more and more. I wonder when I’ll hit the threshold to delete it all together.

    • The folks I know who still use Facebook seems to fall into two groups.
      (1) Those who say they use it to communicate with family.
      I find that extremely odd given they all have telephones and email.
      (2) Those who say they use it to communicate with their friends around the world.
      Well, I note they have fan pages that they use to promote their blogs.

  3. If it is time for fessing up to anything, I have to admit to pulling back from too much social media to concentrate on my work in hand, putting in face to face time, so FBGSBETAP can go its own way without me for now, but then what do I know?

    • Patti,
      I find it hard not to be sarcastic about fb. My college aged friend cracked me right up: “Right, I get it. It’s so we can see a record of who we stalk. What took Zuckerberg so long? Yes, she that cynical and so are her friends.

  4. I’m not in it TT, and I’m not crazy about the idea of people being able to find out what I’ve “liked” or “shared” with just a simple search. If I want someone to know I appreciate something they’ve posted, I’ll “like” it and perhaps leave a comment. If I want my “friends” to see something I like, I’ll “share” it. Beyond that and the things I post just for my “friends” to see, I have no use for Facebook. I certainly don’t what to be anyone’s “resource!”

    • What I prefer and what I think about this and that is well known to my face-to-face friends. Call me eccentric because it fits. My online friends, whom I will never meet in person don’t know anything about me that I don’t choose to share online and I don’t share a whole lot.

      I don’t have a fb account and if I ever do register an account it will simply be for a fan page to promote my other blog.

      P.S. Did you know that is we disable the like button on our posts on our WordPress.com blogs that they can still be “liked” from the Admin bar, Reader, etc.? I find that overriding of the blogger’s preference to be arrogant.

  5. Very nice and interesting blog! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”.

    Lot to learn from your blog as a blogger. :)

  6. I don’t get enough pleasure or joy out of Facebook as it is. Having to do this now too makes me think I might want to give it up altogether (after, of course, deleting all of my activity).

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