Want to see what your friends looked like 20 years ago? Or, say, which ones took shots on Las Vegas earlier this month? Soon it will be simple to do so.
Facebook’s new “Graph Search” will let its 1 billion members quickly search through its 240 billion photos.
Facebook says it gives people “the tools to map out their relationships with the people and things they care about. We call this map the graph.” The new way to navigate these connections, Graph Search, combine phrases (for example: “my friends in New York who like Jay-Z”) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook, the company says. “Graph Search will help you instantly find others, learn more about them and make connections, explore photos, quickly find places like local attractions and restaurants, and learn about common interests like music, movies, books and more. All results are unique based on the strength of relationships and connections.”
The first version of Graph Search focuses on four main areas — people, photos, places, and interests. For example, “photos I like,” “photos of my family,” “photos of my friends before 1999,” “photos of my friends taken in New York,” “photos of the Eiffel Tower”
As most content on the service isn’t public, “we’ve built Graph Search from the start with privacy in mind,” the company adds. “It makes finding new things much easier, but you can only see what you could already view elsewhere on Facebook.”