Facebook’s New Graph Search in a Nutshell

Today at Facebook HQ Mark Zuckerberg announced one of the most anticipated new Facebook features to date – Graph Search.

Currently in beta, Graph Search is a new social search engine that navigates your Facebook connections and make them more useful.

Where do I find it on Facebook? Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When you search for something, that search not only determines the set of results you get, but also serves as a title for the page. You can edit the title – and in doing so create your own custom view of the content you and your friends have shared on Facebook.

How is this different from Googling something? Graph Search and web search are very different. Web search is designed to take a set of keywords and provide the best possible results that match those keywords. With Facebook’s Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: “my friends in Seattle who like cycling”) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook.

Can I use it now? The Graph Search beta starts today. According to today’s announcement and press release, Facebook is still very early in the development of Graph Search. It’s only available in English today and you can search for only a subset of content on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/graphsearch to watch a demo video and get on the waitlist.