This week’s news might have been dominated by Facebook’s two-days of announcements, but there’s plenty of other news to prove that other networks weren’t the only ones working on improvements.
Bringing MySpace back… Maybe more Walking Dead than full resurrection for now…more Justin than substance?
Facebook announces “Graph Search” which assumes that anyone outside of us social nerds truly understands the social graph concept.
“Web search is designed to take any open ended query and give you links that might have answers…Graph search is designed to take a precise query and give you an answer, not give you links that might provide the answer”
Is it a neat technical trick? Absolutely. But how practical is it? The majority of the examples Zuckerberg gave seemed like unusual questions for most people to casually wonder. EXCEPT for the potential impact on locations.
Here’s where it gets interesting… layer in the concept of “place” (which many of you know we love to think about here) and you start to see some cool spatial relationships that could be both powerful in influence (“man, everyone LOVES that restaurant”) and in practicality (planning for a vacation).
Facebook’s official news release on Graph Search
Gizmodo’s Kyle Wagner explains what Graph Search is
TechCrunch’s Colleen Taylor reports on Facebook’s Bing connection
Facebook’s Vadim Lavrusik suggests ways that journalists can use Graph Search
Wired’s Steven Levy tells the role that former Google stars played in Graph Search
Om Malik offers an explanation for how the new search engine works
Facebook in a way did make a phone – a software one. A powerful move for them that arguably will change things (sooner) than the Search announcement.
Meanwhile, Skype sends out a mass email reminding everyone what it does…
Combining tourism, check-ins, partnerships and groundhogs…