Facebook has announced a new search feature dubbed Graph Search, a service which is built atop the network’s Social Graph. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company has been working on Graph Search for years, and claims it offers something that no other service can. It is available as a limited preview right now for English audiences only.
Zuckerburg made it clear that this isn’t a Web search service, and that user privacy has been taken into concern. Graph search is designed to take a precise query and deliver an answer. While Facebook says users can only search for content that has been shared with them, it is possible to search for things such as “TV shows watched by doctors” or “Music liked by people who like Mitt Romney” or even “Languages my friend speaks”.
Facebook’s CEO says that every piece of content on Facebook has its own audience with most of it not available to the public. Currently, you can only search for content that has been shared with you.
As Molly’s piece eloquently explains, what Facebook is calling “frictionless” sharing is actually placing an extremely high barrier to the sharing of links to sites on the web. Ordinary hyperlinks to the rest of the web are stuck in the lower reaches of a user’s news feed, competing for bottom position on a news feed whose prioritization algorithm is completely opaque. Meanwhile, sites that foolishly and shortsightedly trust all of their content to live within Facebook’s walls are privileged, at the cost of no longer controlling their presence on the web.
3. Web sites are deemed unsafe, even if Facebook monitors them
As you’ll notice below, I use Facebook comments on this site, to make it convenient for many people to comment, and to make sure I fully understand the choices they are making as a platform provider. Sometimes I get a handful of comments, but on occasion I see some very active comment threads. When a commenter left a comment on my post about Readability last week, I got a notification message in the top bar of my Facebook page to let me know. Clicking on that notification yielded this warning message:
What’s remarkable about this warning message is not merely that an ordinary, simple web content page is being presented as a danger to a user. No, it’s far worse
Please hit the jump to read this fascinating, concise post about the dangerous direction Facebook is headed.
San Francisco, CA – April 27, 2011 – Delicious.com, the leading social bookmarking service, has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand experience enabling millions of users to share their experiences with the world. Their vision for Delicious is to continue to provide the same great service users love and to make the site even easier and more fun to save, share, and discover the web’s “tastiest” content. Delicious will become part of AVOS, a new Internet company.
“We’re excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level,” said Chad Hurley, CEO of AVOS. “We see a tremendous opportunity to simplify the way users save and share content they discover anywhere on the web.”
Great news! I’ve always felt like social bookmarking still has lots of room to grow; many users are highly active and engaged around sharing websites and web content, but those who aren’t haven’t heard of it at all. Services like Facebook’s “Like” button and Google’s “+1″ are making it easy for people to understand what one-click sharing is all about, and I’m psyched to see where the creative minds behind YouTube can take it.
Facebook is aiming to streamline communication between two people by aggregating all your messaging across SMS, external email, Facebook private messages, and Facebook chat, into one threaded conversation, which can be delivered to any number of outlets.
The overall goal is to make people feel even more connected, overcoming some of the fragmentation we live with when using multiple communication platforms.
How you choose to receive messages can vary based on who you’re talking with. (Text-heavy tweens can get everything by text; choose to receive updates from your business partner only by email, or your hubby everywhere).
Everyone can now own a custom email address at the Facebook.com domain. Your Facebook.com email address will be based on your custom Facebook Profile URL. If you haven’t set one up yet, definitely set one up ASAP. However, it’s not necessary to use the custom Facebook email.
This sits on top of, and is apprently compatible with, most other email clients, so it is in no way a “Gmail Killer”. Similarly, you can use this tool to communicate with non-Facebook users. However, when you communicate with people who aren’t in your Facebook social graph, you’ll have to specify that they should be added (to separate them from spam). It’s unclear what Facebook does with this kind of “data” and both Zuck and Boz danced around the multiple iterations of this question from the audience.
No filtering of conversations within threaded messages. All your mom’s LOLcat emails will come right on through.
Messages can be deleted on your side, but not on your audience’s side. (If I understood Zuck’s horrible public speaking correctly)
IMAP protocols will be coming.
There will be the option to forward messages, so it’s unclear exactly how “private” your “private” conversation will be. The “limits” the system uses to determine who is spamming and who is real, are draconian and invisible. “If you’re using it for the wrong reasons, you’ll hit the limits quickly.”
Ads: “Will content inside conversations be scrapable for advertisers?” Yes. Rather than addresss the obvious issue of privacy, Zuck tries to sell us once again on the idea that his advertising is the good kind.