Last week Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook announced ‘Graph Search’. A whole new way for users to search through Facebook’s content with a tailored quotation system. Ever wanted to know which of your friends like the same music as you? How about sports? Well rather than having to go through each of their profiles and pull in the results yourself, Graph Search will allow you to ask a question and let Facebook do the running around. The real question of course is, why?
Why it may seem like a great idea on the surface, Graph Search has me raising an eyebrow at it’s methods. In the past, Facebook has of course had a lot of concerns over privacy and that is echoed once again alongside this announcement. It should be noted of course, that all information on your profile and such will only be shared with your friends on Graph Search in relation to your privacy settings. It’s strongly urged to check over them ready for the release of Graph Search. However, forgetting about the privacy issue for now let us look more at what Graph Search allows.
Think of it as as Facebook’s answer to Google’s search engine, also been linked with Microsoft Bing. Not only will you be able to ask questions related to people but also places. Want to see where your friends have eaten? That can be done. How about good national parks to visit? That can be done too, It’s a good idea and system on the surface but is it really what Facebook user’s needed? With the slow speed of the mobile versions of Facebook still in need of some work, is Graph Search really wanted?
It’s still early days as the beta in the US is currently under way. From what we have currently seen of Graph Search, I’m worried as to where Zuckerberg is taking Facebook. Of course, once we get our hands on Graph Search we will see just how good it really is. Until then, let us know what you think about the announcement in the comments!