I’ve probably mentioned before that I don’t do social search. It irritates me, I want new results not what my connections share, like or circle etc. So, when Facebook announced Graph Search on a personal level I was pretty ambivalent. Graph Search definitely falls into the “whatever” category for me.
There is a but…
I do see the potential for local businesses who have pages on Facebook and blogged about how to take advantage of the new Graph Search.
The other side is of course, privacy.
Creepy search has begun
As Facebook rolls out the new Graph Search to English (US) users, reports of its potential uses have started to surface.
Fellow UBC blogger Denys at Kelly Pro Media has access to Graph Search and blogged her first impressions.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, she noted just how much people can find by using the new search. Some interesting points are:
- Can see Facebook Groups that friends are in- Open and Closed but not Secret
- Liking a Facebook Business Page is almost an endorsement or recommendation
- A friend clean up may be in order. The Graph Search pulls information based on your friends, and it pulls it from those friends that you are active with.
A few days in from the Graph Search announcement and it hasn’t taken long for “example” searches to start appearing. This is where search gets creepy…
Allegedly, this is a search revolution and possibly a contender to the mighty Big G. I doubt it is either option. With Facebook in bed with Bing, it may continue to chip at Google’s stranglehold on search here in the UK.
All I see is a stalker engine. But then, I think I have already mentioned I don’t like social search?
Now is the time to start cleaning your Facebook profile.
- Those pages you liked for a laugh…
- The groups you’re in for a joke…
- Not forgetting the drunken mobile Facebook moments…
Despite my dislike of social search, I have clicked the button to know when Graph Search is available to me. Research purposes only, honest! I’m a glutton for punishment no doubt…
Is the new Facebook Graph Search yet available to you? Do you think all the hype is a load of fuss over nothing? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!