Today I became a valued Facebook Graph Search Beta user. What does that mean? Beta means before, so I get to experience something new that Facebook will offer to everyone in the future. I’m excited to be a part of this and so instead of continuing to blow up the newsfeed of my awesome Facebook friends, I decided to write my reviews here in my blog.
So, what is Graph Search & how can it help you (personally and professionally)?
To put it in Layman terms the Facebook team has created a new way for you to search for people, places and other things on the website as well as the World Wide Web. This isn’t to be confused with a search engine like Google. You can type in a phrase such as “friends who have went to Ohio University” and give you a detailed answer, or type in “WebMd heart attack” and view (right there in your Facebook) of your answer from the Internet.
You can even narrow your search more by typing or checking additional information while doing your search. Say you are seeking a high school sweetheart. You can type a phrase such as “People who went to Northridge” and then narrow your search to find them by additional details.
It’s said that Facebook Graph Search is not to be confused with Google. But with the detailed searches that I can see will be available, all I can say in reply to that statement is- Google who?
The truth about Graph Search and YOUR privacy.
In this article on Facebook Privacy and Graph Search from VentureBeat (which you can read by clicking here), the author discusses how you can hold onto your privacy during the change. “No one can see anything that they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to see,” said Facebook public policy manager Nicky Jackson Colaco in an interview with VentureBeat.
When it comes down to privacy with social media, that’s pretty much how it works. In that statement, he basically says the way you have your privacy settings now, is how you will appear in future searches.
The new se arch for Facebook is very easy to use and will cut your work time in half with your research. It’s not near as extensive as Google, as it stays within the Facebook world- but if you do a lot of your business on Facebook, you will understand why this is so important. There is a valuable article for business owners on how Facebook Graph Search should know, and you can read it by clicking here.
Confused yet? Well, you might be later..
The cursor is gone. The space-bar is gone. Where are my notifications?! These are questions you might find yourself asking once the change is officially made. But, don’t panic. Just take your mouse and scroll over the Facebook logo and your name that is at the top of your page and Wala! Your cursor magically turns into the little icon you need to click once and begin typing what you need for your search.
I believe this is a good change for social media. I like the new change and am glad that I have the opportunity to experience it in beta. I will definitely be using this, as I see it cutting my work time down quite a bit. Good job Facebook team!