Months after launch, the social network’s open-ended search engine is being given to some members using Facebook in British English. Facebook is giving its natural language search engine, Graph Search, to overseas audiences for the very first time. The social network has said on Tuesday, that it will gradually begin rolling out Graph Search to members in the United Kingdom.
Graph Search was first introduced to the general public, back in January. It is designed to make every single piece of Facebook content which has been shared by you or with you (including items posted publicly) accessible through a natural language query, such as “friends of friends who like baseball” or “photos of my friends in Toronto”. The engine was initially limited to queries based around people, places, photos and interests, but as of the end of September, Facebook has begun allowing certain members in the US to search for status updates, check-ins, comments and photo captions. The additional features are not yet available in the UK version, according to a Facebook spokesperson who informed CNET.
The overdue and expanded release of Graph Search, which is only available to a small number of people using Facebook in UK British to begin with, has hinted at some of the complications in localizing the overall Facebook search experience. Questions still remain about whether or not the social network’s global 1.19 billion or so members, will even embrace Graph Search, beyond simply searching for people or Pages to befriend. The search engine provides open-ended possibilities in what you may unearth on the social media platform, although it does come with quite a steep learning curve and its own particular lingo to get your head around.
As with all new software, only time will tell whether or not the use of the search engine’s features will be utilised to the full.
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