Facebook launches search engine

We were right! Facebook yesterday announced the launch of its very own search engine – a function known as graph search which will allow users to make “natural” searches of content shared by their friends.

The new addition is designed to help users search for information about their friends and fan pages, but Facebook will be integrating Microsoft’s Bing search engine to their site as part of the development. However, Zuckerberg insists that the changes are not a sign that the site is trying to invade Google’s territory.

“We’re not indexing the web,” he explained. “We’re indexing our map of the graph [the collective pool of information shared between friends] – the graph is really big and it’s constantly changing.”

Zuckerberg said that the search tool will be launched immediately as a beta test, and then be rolled out “very slowly”, as a work in progress. “There’s a very long list of things that we didn’t do for version one. We have years and years of work ahead of us,” he concluded.

Here at Write My Site, we’re eager to see how the new function affects individual and business use alike – we can’t wait to see it pop up on our home screen!

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