After spending months as an exclusive opt-in feature, Facebook’s Graph Search feature is rolling out to US-only users on Monday. Graph Search is a tool that allows for users to conduct advanced searches such as “people in Nashville who like football” or “photos of my family in 2002”.
The feature has existed for around six months, and users could voluntarily add it to their account. After testing and receiving feedback from these users, Facebook finally decided to release the feature to its user-base that utilizes the social networking site’s US English settings.
Graph Search incorporates data from Facebook’s user profiles in order to create an extremely advanced search method. In its Monday blog post, the company explained the search tool’s purpose to the general public in more detail.
“Graph Search results are personalized and unique for everyone, based on what has been shared with them. For example, if you search for ‘Photos of San Francisco,’ you’ll see photos your friends took there and shared with you, as well as Public photos,” the blog post said. “This means if someone else does the same search, they’re going to see different results because they have different friends, and different photos have been shared with them.”
Individuals who are outside of the US and haven’t had a chance to try Graph Search can easily make use of the tool by switching their language over to US English. Graph Search for other language settings have yet to be announced.
How do you feel about the new Graph Search? Do you believe that this is a good move on Facebook’s part?