Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Facebook's Improving Search

Facebook made an announcement today. Ahead of time, people were speculating it was going to be about anything from a new page design to a new mobile interface. The truth? They're expanding their search capability. This doesn't sound too exciting at first--and it might not end up being absolutely thrilling--but it should make some things easier to do on Facebook. For example, if you wanted to search for friends of a friend you know, it used to be convoluted--go to that friend's page, click on her "friends" link, and then start looking through all the results. With this new interface, you could search for "Friend of ________" and "Lives in ________".

I think it has some potential, but I'll have to see it in action before I really make a judgement. Facebook was being very careful to keep repeating that this has no affect on current privacy settings. We'll also see about that. (Sometimes when someone proclaims something a bit too loudly, you start to wonder . . .)

Facebook's also partnering up with Bing to incorporate some web results into these Facebook results. Because, search.

It's a small beta launch right now. To find out more information, go here, where you can also sign up for the beta--assuming they open the doors a bit wider soon.

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