If Facebook didn’t do it then, it will remain a wonder that with trillions of data and information, users can’t make specific queries for people, photos, places, and interests; but Facebook has, and there is an advanced search feature on the network. Facebook yesterday, at one of its seasonal mega press events, unveiled its Graph Search.
This lets people search for content that connects to something else, aside one information or query. The search feature may involve those on one’s friends list, or can be general, aggregating information on the website. Examples of the searches are, Restaurants my friends like in Surulere, or My friends that have visited Dubai, or music that people who like Goodluck Jonathan like, or the sport team that won a trophy in August 2011, or James, a friend that works with JKM as a web developer, and lives in Ikeja.
Certain analysts predict that it will generate revenue, but won’t be a Google killer as some reporters opined. The graph search will get many back on the network, at a time when Twitter, Google + and Instagram are getting attention, and will prompt many to use the network when seeking information that Google results will be vague about.
The feature will be popular in weeks and months ahead, and Facebook, will be expected to upgrade it while avoiding privacy control issues for users.