Earlier this week Facebook had an event for the press where Mark Zuckerberg announced the Graph Search Beta. This a new service that will allow Facebook users to search through photo, connections and photos from 1 Billion users. Essentially, it’s going to make searching through Facebook a much better experience and actually be useful.
According to the Facebook Press release, here’s the four main areas Graph Search will focus on.
People: “friends who live in my city,” “people from my hometown who like hiking,” “friends of friends who have been to Yosemite National Park,” “software engineers who live in San Francisco and like skiing,” “people who like things I like,” “people who like tennis and live nearby”
Photos: “photos I like,” “photos of my family,” “photos of my friends before 1999,” “photos of my friends taken in New York,” “photos of the Eiffel Tower”
Places: “restaurants in San Francisco,” “cities visited by my family,” “Indian restaurants liked by my friends from India,” “tourist attractions in Italy visited by my friends,” “restaurants in New York liked by chefs,” “countries my friends have visited”
Interests: “music my friends like,” “movies liked by people who like movies I like,” “languages my friends speak,” “strategy games played by friends of my friends,” “movies liked by people who are film directors,” “books read by CEOs”
Sign Up for Facebook Graph Search Beta
The new search service will start rolling out slowly to users and is currently in a “limited beta” stage. And you can get on the list! Log in to your account and go to the Introducing Graph Search Beta page, and scroll down to the bottom and click Try Graph Search. You’ll automatically be added to the waiting list.
As you can imagine, the demand to join will be high, and you might not even get in. But, you definitely won’t if you don’t sign up!