Facebook Unveils Internal Search System

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a sophisticated internal search system for the social network of more than 1 billion users today.

Called Graph Search, Zuckerberg says the new product is “very, very different” from web search engines offered elsewhere because it exclusively looks for data on Facebook.

The new capability allows users to search for people, photos, places and other content shared on Facebook.

When Facebook first launched, the main way most people used the site was to browse around, learn about people and make new connections. Graph Search takes us back to our roots and allows people to use the graph to make new connections.

“With Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: ‘my friends in New York who like Jay-Z’) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook,” says product manager Tom Stocky.

Graph Search is still being developed and can only be previewed in beta by clicking here.

“We’re very early in the development of Graph Search,” the company said. “It’s only available in English today and you can search for only a subset of content on Facebook. Posts and Open Graph actions (for example, song listens) are not yet available. We’ll be working on these things over the coming months.”

Are you excited about Facebook’s Graph Search?