What happened to Facebook's Graph Search feature

The new Facebook search explained

More than a billion people have signed up on Facebook. In Germany every fourth citizen is there. So Facebook isn't just that largest social network on the Internet. It is the largest community of people who are connected to one another. A gigantic association, so to speak, with members all over the world. Most members do not know each other personally, but they do share their data - intentionally or unintentionally.

It doesn't matter whether a Facebook user posts something publicly or whether he only publishes it for his friends: Texts, pictures, videos, links and likes are all in one Database saved. Every status message, every "like" - everything is archived. The value of this data collection for the advertising The companies that are active on Facebook have recognized: Where so many people come together as on Facebook, it is easy to acquire new customers. But Facebook itself also knows about the enormous potential of user content.

History (s) you can touch

The latest highlight is the Facebook search Graph Search. It evaluates all content that Facebook users contribute to the network. Posts that were only published for friends or specific groups can only be found by those users. It is different with public posts: They appear in the search results of all Facebook members.

The search goes back a long way: You will also find articles that date back years. The holiday video from three years ago, the photos from last summer's party, the comments after the last state election - all content ever made public track down the Facebook search.

Privacy advocates see it problem. Years ago, probably only a few users thought that their posts could one day be searchable. And in retrospect, it is difficult to check content and exclude it from the search results - more on this at the end of the article.

Make friends who like it

It is no coincidence that the new Facebook search is called the "Social Graph". Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and head of the social network, coined the term a long time ago. The characteristics that Internet users associate personally can be summarized in the form of a Sociogram to show as a graphic. This makes it easier to identify and evaluate relationships between users.

The new Facebook search works according to this principle. The user looks for similarities and differences between himself and other Facebook members. He can - and this is a real innovation - whole sentences formulate that describe his concern. "Show me all the friends who like AC / DC and who went to a concert last year."

Or: "Name older friends who like to drink whiskey from the Isle of Islay in Scotland." Or: "Find friends of friends who often watch animal films." You can do that Connections find out even without Facebook Graph Search. However, you would have to laboriously click around.

And everyone knows who you are

If you Facebook profiles looks carefully, follows timelines and evaluates "Like" information, an accurate picture of a person is often created. That this is the case is proven, for example, by the procedure of HR departments and employment agencies: They take a very close look at the Facebook profiles of applicants and potential candidates and use the information they see to assess suitability for vacant positions.

So you can - if you have one - only score with a well-kept Facebook profile. Therefore, if you don't want to maneuver yourself off the beaten track, you always have to pay attention to which one public content he hires on Facebook. At all costs, you should avoid posting content or "likes" that are your own Look at at some point could harm in any way. Smart Facebook users prefer to click less than once too many.

Embarrassing matter (s)

Facebook Graph Search could easily become an embarrassing proposition for those who click on too much embarrassing matters have clicked. The new search doesn’t avoid sensitive content and rash "like" clicks - regardless of whether it was clicked on purpose or accidentally. Search queries like "Show me friends who like to rip DVDs" or "... who use the copy protection cracker AnyDVD" are even more harmless compared to other optionswho have favourited Graph Search.

Questions once asked like "Show me people who like XXX-Tube" or "Which people like sex toys" are sure to make many Facebook users sweat and make them think about their profile clean up can. However, a number of users will (have to) think about tidying up their own profile and personal timeline.

Anyone who is not sure whether older public contributions should be visible to everyone has to bite the bullet, their own timeline to sift through from front to back. Public contributions can be recognized by the small globe next to the contribution date. After clicking on it, the visibility Change to Friends, Just Me, or specific groups.

Photos can be switched from "Public" to "Friends" more quickly thanks to the assignment to albums. To do this, click on "Photos" in your own profile below the profile picture and then on "Albums" above the thumbnails. Public albums can be recognized by the globe. After clicking on it, a different visibility can be set, which applies to all images contained in the album.

In Germany currently only on a waiting list

Facebook has even recorded a certain amount since the new search was announced fluctuation from mostly younger users in Germany. However, a connection with Graph Search has not been proven. In addition, the search has not even started properly here in Germany. Currently only selected users can use a Beta version test the new Facebook search.

More users are to be added bit by bit. At the internet address facebook.com/about/graphsearch, everyone can initially access a Waiting list set to speed up the activation of the new search for your own profile. A "run"The squares are not to be observed, just as little is an escape from Facebook - but that could still change.

INFO Facebook Home: The new Android app

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is currently promoting the new Android app himself in a commercial Facebook Home. While he is giving a speech to employees there, things appear around him out of nowhere. Zuckerberg sees live what his friends are doing.

This is exactly what the free Android app is supposed to do: It transforms the smartphone's start page into a continuous stream Posts and photos of Facebook friends. After switching on the smartphone, the latest posts are displayed and beautiful photos appear full-screen as the smartphone background.

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Touching a post twice is enough to "like" it. In addition, Facebook Home offers links to applications such as the photo program Instagram or the music streaming service Spotify - and of course to the Facebook app. If Mark Zuckerberg has his way, Facebook Home should be used as a universal start application for all favorite applications.

For the "complete Facebook Home user experience", however, the Facebook Messenger be installed. The app can be used to chat with Facebook friends while using other applications. SMS messages can also be sent directly from Facebook Home.

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