Earlier today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the “third pillar” of his social network — a new search tool called Graph Search, which will leverage Facebook’s one billion members’ 240 billion photos and 1 trillion interpersonal connections. “People use search engines to answer questions,” he explains in this in-depth piece on Wired. “But we can answer a set of questions that no one else can really answer. All those other services are indexing primarily public information, and stuff in Facebook isn’t out there in the world — it’s stuff that people share. There’s no real way to cut through the contents of what people are sharing, to fulfill big human needs about discovery, to find people you wouldn’t otherwise be connected with. And we thought we should do something about that. We’re the only service in the world that can do that.”
While we’re still figuring out what exactly this means for your Facebook privacy, let alone the future of sites like Yelp or even Google, we’ve collected some of the best initial tweets in response to the new feature after the jump. Let us know in the comments if you plan to get on the waiting list to give it a try.
Man, using the Internet to search for things. What will Mark Zuckerberg dream up next?
— Adrian Chen (@AdrianChen) January 15, 2013
Okay, who’s going to come up with the best Facebook graph search that exposes only information people didn’t realize was public? #GraphDrama
— Anil Dash (@anildash) January 15, 2013
Graph Search for ▿PEOPLE who I ▿WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH who are ▿STILL SEXY who have ▿50+ PICTURES display as ▿SLIDESHOW
— Joel Johnson (@joeljohnson) January 15, 2013
But how can Facebook Graph Search be used as Scientology recruiting tool? Is preclear filtering available?
— Matt Creamer (@matt_creamer) January 15, 2013
FBSEO, the future nemesis.
— Dan Reilly (@danreilly11) January 15, 2013
Someone sent me an email claiming to be an expert on Facebook Graph Search. We didn’t know Facebook Graph Search existed 7 hours ago.
— Ernest Wilkins (@ErnestWilkins) January 15, 2013
FB hopes graph search will encourage us to fill out our profiles. SO YOU DON’T LOOK BORING
— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) January 15, 2013