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Facebook to Roll Out Graph Search for US Users

on July 8, 2013 7:30 AM EDT 0

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Facebook rolls out Graph Search for its users in US (Photo: Reuters)

Facebook will roll out Graph Search - a new search tool for its users in US, this week onwards, reports ABC News. The Graph Search was announced by Facebook back in January but was available as a limited preview for a few English audience.

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Facebook will make the new enhanced search tool available for several hundred millions users over the week and will take some time to reach everyone, whoever is using the site in the US English setting.

As soon as the user signs in to the Facebook account, a pop up will appear on the user page that includes an invitation to check out the new search tool. Once the user accepts the invitation, he or she receives a redesigned menu bar that places universal search on the left and top features like friend requests, messages, and notifications on the right side of the user page, explains a report in The Verge.

The Graph Search tool will actually help the users to search things faster and with enhanced accuracy. The new search tool is expected to provide the user a greater access to what their friends are sharing like photos, places they have been to, pages they are visiting or liking.

Infact, the new search tool is quite different from the other search engines in the sense it does not provides links that might have answers to the open ended queries. Graph Search takes in precise queries and directly puts the relevant answers (that might include the personal details), instead of providing links that might have the answers claimed the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, as reported in the Techcrunch report.

"Graph Search isn't Web search. We aren't duplicating what Bing does and what Google does, but rather we are making things easier for people to find on Facebook," said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO at the All Things D conference earlier this summer.

The new feature can raise some serious questions on the privacy issues for the Facebook users but Facebook has well managed the issue so far. The Graph Search will not pull up everyone who fits to the related topic but only those who have willingly shared their details to public according to The New York Times.

As soon as the user signs in to the account he will be prompted to to take a look at the privacy settings before he uses the Graph Search.

Facebook is further developing its search tool to make it more fun frolic and handy for its users. They are reportedly working on the on the posts, status updates and comment to make them searchable and also to make the new search tool accessible on the cell phones.

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