Today, Facebook has shared information that “hundreds of thousands” of people are using its Facebook Graph Search service, highlighting that people still use it like “old’ Facebook search — to find friends. Facebook then suggests some ways to go beyond that, for those who have the new search feature.
New Ways To Find Friends
From its post, Facebook said that people typically begin using Graph Search to find friends, which isn’t surprising. Finding people has always been by far the main way that people have used Facebook Search.
Facebook offered some related examples to try, such as finding videos of friends, photos of them before a particular date or those who like Kevin Bacon (and who doesn’t like Kevin Bacon?):
Pictures From Brands
Facebook’s post then focuses on ways to locate photos shared not by people you know but rather from brands, such as the National Geographic, or to find pictures shared about things or activities, such as the Baltimore Ravens or underwater photography:
The post continues on, saying that people are using Graph Search to plan trips and offering suggestions on how to do this such as “ski resorts my friends have been to” as one example:
Finally, Facebook suggests how Graph Search can be used to locate things, with examples like “apps my friends like” or “movies liked by people who like my favorite movies” among them:
Getting Them To Search Differently
Why share these examples? They’re not on Facebook’s main blog but rather its newsroom blog, so the audience is really to get news publications writing about Graph Search. It worked!
But, part of this is also because Facebook wants to get the word about how the new service can be used, since people clearly aren’t using it to go much beyond locating people, as they did with regular Facebook Search.
Getting people to use Facebook Graph Search other than finding people could help Facebook build a search business that could rival Google in some ways. But, if people don’t know they can do this, that aspiration will never be met. Even if they do know they can search differently, they still might not do so. That’s what we’re all watching closely over the coming months to see. Will Facebook pull off a change in habits relating to search?
FYI, at our SMX West show next month, we have two sessions that will cover Facebook Graph Search. One is the keynote with Grady Burnett, VP of global marketing solutions for Facebook. We also have a “Meet Facebook Graph Search” session with Facebook product manager Loren Cheng, who will be answering questions about how the service works, with lots of time for discussion and Q&A.
Remember, to use Facebook Graph Search, you have to request entrance into Facebook’s beta here. You can also read more about how it works in our related articles below.