And Facebook said “Let there be graph search”

Innovation. Pretty cool word. For some companies this word is a necessary evil. Just ask Microsoft. And for others this is a driving force behind what makes them get up from their bed and create awesome products. Whatever may be the reason for Facebook, it has launched another feature which Mark Zukerberg calls as the third pillar (alongside NewsFeed and Timeline), its the Graph Search.

Many of you might be fooled by the name, including me ( no it doesn’t display any sort of graph). What it does is, after you enter a search term for example, “places to eat in Singapore”,it will bring you a list of places which your friends might have liked, checked in or reviewed. The reason this is so compelling is (unless you don’t have trust worthy friends) you would value your friends recommendations more than something which turns up on Google.

But good old Facebook has a history of messing up with privacy settings whenever it launches a new feature. The new Facebook Privacy has made it impossible to hide entire Timelines from search results. You can hide individual posts though by hiding it one at a time. Even Randi Zuckerberg, CEO’s sister was not spared when a photo of herself which was supposed to be private turned up in a search result.

So the natural question on your mind. How can I get this awesome search feature? You might be disappointed to know that currently the feature is in beta and you can use it only if you are invited by Facebook. You can go to here and join the waiting list. Facebook will notify you if you can use the graph search. So guys, what do you think of this feature. Let me know in the comments.

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