At Facebook’s press event today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg opened by saying that Facebook has three pillars: the News Feed, the Timeline, and a third: “Graph Search,” which is Facebook’s new, super-charged search product. He pointed out that, at this point in time, Facebook users can only search through content that has been shared with them, either by being made public or by those you are “friends” with on the service. Zuckerberg made it a point to differentiate Graph Search from a normal Web search, saying that Graph Search is meant to “return an answer,” instead of a page of links.
And the answers, of course, lie in the rich data that Facebook has stored in its ever-growing fortress.
Path, the Facebook-like social network which only wants you to connect with family and close friends, that is designed specifically for mobile devices, is releasing a new version for iOS and Android today. The update contains only one new addition: The ability to search your feed, pulling up photos, checkins and other stuff which you and your family/friends have posted in the past.
The Path search feature pulls information from several different items of information, including:
- The location where you created them
- The time of day
- The people tagged in them
- How your friends reacted to them
- The type of business establishments associated with them (e.g. restaurant, movie theater, concert, etc)
If this sounds neat, that’s because it is. But is it neat enough to get people using Path?