What Do You Think Of Facebook’s New Graph Search? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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polls   What Do You Think Of Facebook’s New Graph Search? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we asked you what’s your favorite way to share photos. Granted, the best way depends on who you want to share with, but many of us still use one way most often despite that. The fight was a very close one, with the votes spreading across several options in almost equal measure, but at the end one method pulled ahead to take first place. Which one was it?

Out of 307 votes in total, the breakdown was as follows: 2% voted for printing as the best photo-sharing method, 4% voted for Instagram, 10% voted for Flickr, 11% prefer email for photo sharing, 19% like Facebook best, 22.5% voted for Picasa/Google+, and in first place by a mere 6 votes, 24% voted for a cloud service such as Dropbox/Box/SkyDrive etc. 7.5% voted for Other.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

It’s interesting to see how uncommon printing has become. Also noteworthy is the surprisingly small number of users who voted for Instagram.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Claire Curtis who won 150 points for her contribution!

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This week’s poll question is: What Do You Think Of Facebook’s New Graph Search?

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Introduced two weeks ago, Facebook’s new Graph Search has by now reached many user profiles. If you’ve seen a notification about it and enabled it, you’ve noticed that the entire top bar of your Facebook homepage has changed, and now includes the option to search for things like “people who like running and are from my hometown” or “my friends who like John Irving”. The search yields very different results from a regular Google search, but naturally comes hand in hand with privacy issues. Have you tried Graph Search yet? What do you think about it?

Tell us in the comments what you like or don’t like about it, how you plan on using it, or reasons you have for not enabling it. If you’re worried about privacy, be sure to check out Angela’s tips on preparing your account for Graph Search.

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Ramesh Krishna

I am unable to catch why Facebook is trying all mindless tricks with privacy of it’s users. If Facebook’s new feature Graph Search and the bloody porn app “BangUp With Friends “comes alive to everyone in India no doubt the other day Facebook is going to get banned and will loose all it’s loyal users. And i don’t know why people always Fb is fighting with Google, Google is just a web search engine this is a social networking site that’s it.

Yaara Lancet

Well, Facebook and Google most certainly are rivals; they both make money off the same thing: ads. Facebook started giving a serious fight, and had the advantage of having more personal information than Google did. Google has been trying for a stable social network for years now, and sort of made it with Google+, which is a direct rival to Facebook, at least on paper.

Ashwin Ramesh

I signed up for the Graph Search feature only last week. So, I haven’t tried it yet, but I have read a lot of reviews. By the looks of it, I think that Graph Search will vary a lot in usefulness depending on how many friends a Facebook user has. And also how many of those friends are active (meaning how much they reach out to the Facebook world and how often they share their thoughts and check-ins on Facebook). For me, I have a lot of friends, so coming to think of it, I thought i should give it a shot and hence signed up. There were reviews regarding privacy concerns, but I feel that sometimes everything Facebook does raises privacy concerns. If someone wants to keep their personal details private, Facebook is not an ideal place. I would definitely love Graph Search, but the feature is still in beta, so I can expect a lot in the coming days :)

Yaara Lancet

Graph Search is not limited only to your friends — it can search all over Facebook, giving priority to your friends, friends’ friends, people in your networks, etc. But I think it should work just as well for people who don’t have a lot of friends.

Thanks for the comment!

Scott Macmillan

I find it very invasive of my privacy.I amusing Facebook less and less as they continue come up with new ways to justify their horrendous stock offering and pick our bones to make a nice little app a financial behemoth.Everyone uses adblock and complains about intrusions,cookies and popups with search engines but Facebook it seems is dredging the seafloor for advertising dollars.

Yaara Lancet

I partially agree with this, but on the other hand, Facebook can’t share information you don’t give it, so just keep your private life out of Facebook, and you should be semi-fine. :)

Scott Macmillan

I agree.It is up to us how much info we give to Facebook.Personally I don’t give them anything private about myself.I am speaking in general terms about their rapacious nature when it comes to grabbing advertising bucks.I find them to be one of the most invasive of the so called friend sharing sites.

Yaara Lancet

Yes, they definitely don’t shirk at giving very personal details to ad companies. They also let ad companies play with your information and reach their own conclusions in order to target ads. It’s pretty creepy sometimes. But Google does much of the same thing, really.

Achraf Almouloudi

Sorry, have you ever tried creating an ad on Facebook to see how it works ? advertisers really can’t target “you” with your “personal” information, they just select the age range, user locations, sex, categories of interests and connections, relationship status and sex interest (interested in male, female or both) languages, education status and work places. Yes this is a lot of pin-pointing but after all the advertiser doesn’t really know “you” and select your profile from a lists of millions of users. So unlike you said they aren’t giving “very personal details” that could make the advertiser know anything about you, the person in real life.

Achraf Almouloudi

Hi Yaara,

In my experience, this way of targeting users actually gives me a benefit, because my interests are about technology and I’m located in Morocco there isn’t so many advertisers targeting me (they usually target people with dating and marriage interests in this country) so most of the times I enjoy Facebook ad free and without blocking anything.

Achraf Almouloudi

On the other hand, you should know that it takes a lot of money (billions of dollars) to keep that Facebook website running for so many users and leaving them with enough storage for all the content they post.

Scott Macmillan

All companies need money to run.I just said that they were greedier than most and they can sell pinpoint info to advertisers.Police Forces and Bounty hunters use Facebook as it the personality fingerprint generated is so accurate.I enjoy privacy.I will read ads and web site cookies direct ad Email my way.No problem.I don’t order from Domino Pizza either after a lecture from a Police crime analyst and I learned a good portion of money earned by Domino is from selling our info to law enforcement or anyone else who wants it.I’m not a criminal but I do not want a society such as England with cameras everywhere.Facebook is treading down a very tricky road and I won’t lend them a hand.

Yaara Lancet

Hi Achraf,

I’m replying here because the other thread has reached its limit. :)

You are right, of course, regarding Facebook ads. I might have chosen the wrong wording. I know ad companies don’t choose me specifically for ads, but they do use information I provide to target ads, and there’s more personal information on Facebook to use than on Google. That’s all I meant. :)

NOt given

I really prefer a minimalist approach to social media. Call me old school but the more that gets added the more it starts to look like what I used to see on my pre-teen’s friends Myspace pages. All bling with little substance. The farther this gets that direction the more I want to do the same thing I did with Myspace. Ban it from my network but of course that would cause a rebellion from everyone from my wife to the kids.

Yaara Lancet

My husband closed his Facebook account a while back, and didn’t listen to my protests. They’ll survive! :)

Aska Nag

Hi!
I basically do not particularly like all the improvements Facebook, and in particular, Facebook’s new Graph Search. I think this is another intervention into the private information of users. Basically, if I need to find something in Facebook I can find it by standard search engines.
Best regards!

Yaara Lancet

I’m wondering, if the information is on Facebook, and on search engines, how is Search Graph hurting people’s privacy more than it’s already hurt?

I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m just curious why you think this is the case.

Aska Nag

Well, I have no specific evidence on this issue. Rather, it is my personal opinion.

Yaara Lancet

Fair enough! Thanks. :)

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