• http://www.blindfiveyearold.com ajkohn

    I think Facebook’s goal has been search ever since the implementation of the Open Graph.

    Facebook’s Open Graph is just another way to organize the Internet – it’s just a different version of Google’s Index. But instead of crawling the web and looking for links, Facebook lets users crawl the web and count likes.

    I wrote a bit about this last year: http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/facebook-seo

    However, I think the way that Facebook presents and integrates search could look very different, a mashup of context and semantics.

  • http://www.betterfindability.com Clark Mackey

    I think it is inevitable. The big problem I see with a search engine based on the so-called social graph is spam (think multiple twitter accounts auto-updating). Facebook has a serious leg up on spam detection because they’ve quietly removed anonymity from the web. In a high-trust environment the search results are good – a fact that Blekko is already demonstrating with it’s ability to search among groups of “Likes” and custom groups of sites that the user sets up. Quora is another example of building the high trust system first, then moving towards useful search results.

  • http://www.blueridgeonline.com bheafner

    I think if Microsoft and Facebook truly wont to compete with Google why not package a Facebook Desktop gadget for windows that would allow users to use Facebook and Bing without every opening a web browser.