New Facebook Graph search aims to use 'friends' for recommendations

(WXYZ) - When looking for a book, movie or restaurant, why not get a little help from one billion "friends?"

That's the concept behind Facebook's new graph search function.

"Basically what it does is it takes everything that you can already see on Facebook, so the things that you've shared, that your friends have shared that other people on Facebook or in your community have shared, and it gives you a way to search over all of that," says Facebook Director of Product Management Tom Stocky.

The search is driven by phrases and since it pulls from people you either know or are somehow connected to; it aims to give the recommendations more weight.

For example, "movies my friends like," or "Detroit restaurants my friends visited."

Right now the function is only available to a small group of Beta users but you can sign up for a wait list.

"We're rolling this out very slowly because we want to get feedback from people, we want to make sure this is something that's great," explains Stocky.

Concerned about who can see your posts? Privacy settings can be controlled under the padlock icon on the home screen.

 

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