Meet the New, New, New, New Facebook with Graph Search

Today, Facebook announced a new part of their service that datamines its 1 billion users with their 1 trillion connections to answer questions previously limited to face-to-face contact with other human beings. This new program Graph Search uses your information rich profile and your connections to other people to open up Facebook and allow you to get to answers that are hopefully useful. Originally the top brass at Facebook didn’t want to include the word “search” in the name of the product because, as Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly said, “It’s not web search.” So don’t think of it as Google, but rather as Google-that-knows-way-too-much-about-me-and-my-friends.

For example, Facebook Graph Search can show me:

My college friends who live in California
Photos of my friends in 2009
Music my friends like
My friends who live in Chicago who like Game of Thrones
My friends who live in Chicago who like Game of Thrones and Arrested Development
Photos of me and my girlfriend
Photos of me and my imaginary girlfriend
Photos of me and any girl ever please there has to be one
Friends who like Star Wars and Harry Potter
My friends who like the Airspace
People named Chris who are friends of Tony and went to Amherst
Friends of friends who are single women in Chicago
Friends of friends who are single women in Chicago and like Arrested Development
Friends of friends who are single women in Chicago and like Arrested Development and Coffee
People named Megan who went to Princeton and like Star Wars.
Photos I like
Photos of my friends taken in Paris, France
Photos of my friends taken in national parks
Photos of my friends taken on the Moon
Photos of my friends before 1990
Photos of my friends on the Moon before 1990
Photos of my friends who like snorkeling
People who would like to have sex with me
TV shows liked by doctors
Music liked by people who like Mitt Romney
Music liked by people who like Obama
Dentists liked by my friends
People liked by my dentist
Restaurants in Chicago liked by Culinary Institute of America graduates
Restaurants in Chicago liked by people who like The Dark Knight
Bars in Dublin liked by people who live in Dublin
Countries my friends have visited
Friends who checked in at White Castle and like Regina Spektor

You can even see a video of Graph Search in action. The dramatic Sigur Rós music and adventurous friends will not likely be present in your use of the service.

Graph Search will be slowly rolling out to all English Facebook users in the next couple of months. You can sign up for the waiting list here if you’re really eager to take Facebook stalking to a previously unheard of level.


Facebook Graph Search

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