Facebook has announced earlier today a new feature called Graph Search, a search engine for Facebook that lets users search and access information stored inside the social network.
Mark Zuckerberg wants to point out that Graph Search is “not web search” so it isn’t going to compete with Google or Bing. What it does is it lets you search Facebook’s massive database of people, places, photos, and interests shared on Open Graph, which is a feature responsible for getting information in and out of Facebook like the app you use, pages you Like, recommendations, or photos you comment on.
Users can start searching with phrases like “Friends who live in Makati”, “Friends of my friends who work at”, “Photos of my friends in Manila”, or “Single women who like YugaTech.” In case Graph Search can’t provide you with answers, it will display search results from Bing instead. Sorry Google, but you sit this one out.
Graph Search is currently in a limited beta program for US audiences but you can join the waiting list here.