We have grown to distrust Facebook, and yet we still use it all the time. (Addicts. We are addicts). Today, they announced a new tool, which doesn't seem to be active yet. But, it's coming. The tool is 'Graph Search.' It lets you search your friends or the public for specific things in the Facebook search bar. For ex: "friends who like cats."
This is cool, yet creepy. But hey, that's what we've come to expect from Facebook. This makes stalking people with your specific interests easier, but it can do some good.
Let's say you want someone to go with you to watch the 'new Adam Sandler movie.' Many people may be reluctant, because... wait, do I really need to explain that? This let's you search your friends for someone who likes Sandler.
Or even better yet, Facebook can act as a tool for networking or even as recruiting tool better than ever. Want to hire someone to build your deck? This new tool will make it easier. Planning a trip to California and want to know what places to visit? Search 'friends who went to California.' In many ways, this new search tool is taking on Google.
Here's a demo video of how it will work:
Some of the key points that YOU care about:
- You will only be able to find content already shared with you. That means YOUR privacy will not be infringed on. When your friends use Graph Search, only information you have marked as 'Friends' will pop up.
- If someone tags you in a post or photo marked as 'Public' that means anyone can see it. Therefore, that information can show up in anyones Graph Search. You can ask them to untag you or untag yourself if you do not want that info public.
-Want to start untagging photos? There's a how-to demo at 1:09 in the video. It also has tips on how to get rid of unwanted 'public' tags and information.