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Testing Out Facebook’s New Graph Search

I signed up to be a beta tester for Facebook as they prepare to launch Graph Search. I got a message a few days ago informing me that Graph Search was ready for me to try out and I was SO excited! I thought I’d share my thoughts, experiences and a few screen shots of what this new tool looks like! One minor change is the fact that your search bar at the top of your page will change slightly as you can see below. Nothing major, but something you need to get used to.

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This new search bar now includes the Graph Search function taking your search abilities to the next level.

For example, in our previous post on the subject, Facebook Introduces Graph Search, we mentioned Graph Search will give you the ability to search things like restaurants your friends have been to. This gives you a more personal, trusted search as compared to reviews on sites like Yelp. I was looking for a new place to try in Minneapolis so I searched “restaurants in Minneapolis my friends have been too”. Below are the suggestions they offered me.

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I clicked the first one and up popped up dozens of places, some of which I would never have even thought to go to! Not only does it list restaurants in Minneapolis that my friends have checked-in at, but the side bar on the right allows you to customize your experience even more by cuisine and even specific friends.

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I really like going to baseball games in the summer so I searched “friends who like baseball” to see who would be interested in going to a game sometime! Tons of friends who had “liked” baseball on Facebook showed up and again, I could customize even FURTHER on the side bar by gender, city and even employer!

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Features like this really excited me about graph search but some others, for lack of a better word, “creeped” me out. I was able to search pictures of my friends from certain years, pictures that my friends had commented on and other personal things that weren’t as accessible as before. There are some limitations to what this search can do. For example, let’s say you’re interested in skiing. Unless your friends have listed skiing as an interest, or “liked” a page related to skiing or “checked-in” at a ski resort your search related to skiing won’t include them. Make sense? So be sure you’ve liked and added everything you can possibly think of to your page to make your more searchable! Another thing is that Graph Search can come up with some “weird” results for complex searches. See this awesome Tumblr page as one man documents the results of his strange searches. As you can see, Graph Search certainly has some kinks to work out but is without a doubt going to change the way we search. Have any of you tried Graph Search? What are your thoughts? Share below! 

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