Facebook’s new Graph Search (www.facebook.com/graphsearch) is a tool that lets users search for information about their friends. For example, you could ask for a list of “friends who play tennis and live in Glasgow” or “movies my friends liked”. Facebook says it gives users “the tools to map out their relationships with the people and things they care about”.
Your location, hobbies and other ‘likes’ are now more searchable than ever, making it easier for friends to dig up information about you. That makes it a good time to clean up your profile page, deleting anything that might cause embarrassment. The beta for Graph Search is rolling out to users on English US settings first, so change your language if you want to get it early.
We struggle to see the point of Graph Search. It relies too heavily on users filling out their likes, hobbies and other information, which many people don’t bother with. It could come in handy for searching restaurant suggestions or other recommendations, but other sites already do this much better. Thanks Facebook, but we’ll stick with Yelp and TripAdvisor for the time being.