With the company’s most recent update, Facebook is now positioning itself to be a major factor in the way people search for things on the Internet. Now, Facebook is allowing users to search their social graph – that is, all the data they have access to on Facebook through their network of connections.
Even in its infancy, graph search is very impressive. Here are a few examples of things that you can bring up with graph search.
- Search all likes, comments, check-ins, etc.
- Search by multiple formats like images, videos, pages, location and people
- Search by time periods (ex: before 2009)
- Combine all of these in search strings (with instant suggestions). Here are some examples:
- Restaurants in Boise, Idaho my friends like
- Photos of my wife before 2011
- TV shows liked by my friends who went to Oregon State University
- Vacation home rentals liked by my friends