Tuesday, October 06, 2009

On I've been Searching for What I'm Looking For: Google, Yahoo, Bing ... Facebook Search

I love to search online for mentions of "Baha'i." (Surprise, surprise.) Been doing it for almost for years now. I am astounded at how refined the search process is now. I go to Google, put "Baha'i" in the search box and can watch an endless stream of results of items just posted minutes before under my scrolling. I haven't liked Facebook because I couldn't search.Well, Facebook is in the process of making search possible. Now I'm in love with Facebook, and it's really for the first time.

Facebook has one major asset: users, lots of them. 250 million registered users, to be exact, 30 million of whom update their status at least once per day. What they don’t have is users who are used to sharing their status updates with the world, but they’re trying to change that.


Facebook’s Publisher – aka, the “What’s on your mind?” box on your homepage, was recently overhauled to support smart links, video, photos and other options.

Today, however, Facebook is announcing even more updates to Publisher, which will let users control the privacy settings around each status update they post to Facebook. Beta testers, and eventually the rest of us, will now be able to specify whether they want to update the world or just a select group of friends.

The new Publisher will now have a lock icon in the lower right hand corner, where users can select to share updates with everyone, friends and networks, friends of friends, just friends, or a custom list. It’s important to note that the share with everyone option is essentially going to make your Facebook status updates public domain, and this has major implications for the upcoming release of Facebook Search.


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