Posted by: bluesyemre | January 21, 2013

Why the new Facebook Graph Search is important for librarians by Phil Bradley

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  • Well, the news is well and truly out now, and as many people have been predicting, Facebook has launched their own search engine. The video at the end of my post gives you a quick overview of a few of the things that it’s goingo to cover, but I’m obviously interested in looking at it in terms of the information professional. It’s being rolled out slowly, with limited testing in the United States, so the rest of us will have to wait awhile before we can start to play with it, but you can request early access as well. It’s still very basic at the moment, but the thrust of where Facebook is taking search is very clear. To start with, it’s NOT a web search engine. You can’t use it to find all the pages on the web where there are references to a particular football team for example – it’s designed to leverage the huge amount of content that’s contained within Facebook. That’s a really big reason on its own as to why librarians and other information professionals will need to have access to Graph Search (as well as the rest of Facebook of course), because it’s a huge information resource. To deny access to Facebook is to deny access to an extremely large portion of the internet experience – I’m not going to replay all the figures associated with Facebook here; you can check out my Pinterest collection of social media statistics or run on over to Visual.ly and do a search for Facebook Statistics and either of these resources should give you the information you need.

http://j.mp/V29sOL

Facebook Graph Search: http://j.mp/13X84n3


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