Two months ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a totally brand new search engine for its users called “Graph Search”. Basically, Graph Search on Facebook gathers Facebook users’ information including a user’s popular posts, status and pictures to create a huge database, which allows Facebook users to search for connection more easily within his/her friend’s network.
There are 4 categories that Facebook Graph Search will mainly focus on; these are people, places, places and interests.
Here is the Full length YouTube clip for the “Facebook Graph Search Engine Announcement”:
Web search vs. graph search
In this clip, Mark Zuckerberg, mentioned that Face Graph search engine is different from other common search engines on the web. Many popular web search engines, like Google, Yahoo, or MSN, provides search hits that are both related and unrelated to what the user has typed in. Sometimes, these search engines are not intelligent enough to provide what the user wants because these engines merely look for all over the internet for material that matches the user’s keywords.
On the other hand, with Facebook Graph Search engine, this engine will only focus on the sentence or topic that users typed in and search information within the users’ friend network, so it will show the most appropriate results.
What do I think?
It is no doubt that this Facebook Graph Search engine is a creative tool that combines all Facebook users and their Facebook activities in one simple search engine. Although this search engine is still under development, it has already attracted a lot of investors, who want to invest in this project. Because of this, I am concerned about privacy issues.
1. “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”
As Facebook gathers all Facebook users’ information into one search engine, I believe this would make hacking much easier. Moreover, it also has a huge potential to be a powerful tool for Facebook stalkers in the future (Wagner).
If the search engine proves to be popular on Facebook, there would definitely be more people who will become fixated and obsessed with Facebook. There are people like this already. This might make the problem worse. Many other forms of communication, like face-to-face communication, might become a thing of the past. We are becoming too dependent on these types of technology.
A project like this is like a double-edged sword. There will be a lot of great tools for us to use to connect with friends; however, Facebook management has to protect the users’ privacy and ensure all of its users’ safety as well.
Thanks for reading.
Wagner, K. (n.d.). What is Facebook Graph Search? Retrieved from gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5976186/what-is-facebook-graph-search