The Facebook team announced on Tuesday that they are taking Facebook to a whole other level, and if you think stalking is easy now, just wait! Let me introduce you to Graph Search.
Hold on; don’t delete your account yet. I do think that privacy will be the #1 issue once Graph Search launches but according to Mark Zuckerberg you will not be able to search any information that you do not already have access to, which is why I consider Graph Search to be a dream at this point.
Facebook showed screenshots of a graph search done for “friends who have visited national parks.” Well that’s great, and I myself would love to search for that, however I know that most of my Facebook friends who have visited national parks have not tagged their photos with that location or checked-in when they were there. As a result, those friends will not show up in my search results.
Due to this fact, Graph Search will take years to generate the results that Facebook showed on Tuesday. I know that most of my Facebook friends are not the super users that Facebook referred to. They do not fill out their profiles or about sections with details such as education, and employment. They also never check-in to their favorite restaurants on Facebook or tag photos with the location from their recent vacation spot.
It will be a dream come true the day I can type into Facebook search “great restaurants in San Francisco that my friends recommend.” Yes, I can go to Yelp and search for great restaurants in San Francisco and see my friend’s recommendations but I don’t have Yelp friends who live in San Francisco. I barely have any friends on Yelp as it is. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you were going away on vacation/business to Mexico and you could search for restaurants that your closest friends enjoyed while they were there? Especially since they were the ones who recommended you vacation in Mexico.
My prediction is that Facebook will not be getting enough data from Facebook users to generate the results they demonstrated, so they will open up privacy settings to get more data to achieve these results. History does repeat itself.
LESSON: Do not share anything on Facebook (online) that you would be embarrassed for your grandma to see. Remember, Google doesn’t forget, and now neither will Facebook!
Are you ready to share your life’s work with Facebook?
*Photos and information courtesy of CNET
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