Facebook Graph Search

Facebook Graph Search is a semantic search engine that was introduced by Facebook in March 2013. It is designed to give answers to user natural language queries rather than a list of links. The Graph Search feature combines the big data acquired from its over one billion users and external data into a search engine providing user-specific search results. 

The feature was developed under former Google employees Lars Rasmussen and Tom Stocky.

Graph Search operates by use of a search algorithm similar to traditional search engines such as Google. However, the search feature is distinguished as a semantic search engine, searching based on intended meaning. Rather than returning results based on matching keywords, the search engine is designed to match phrases, as well as objects on the site. 

Search results are based on both the content of the user and their friends’ profiles and the relationships between the user and their friends. Results are based on the friends and interests expressed on Facebook, and also shaped by users’ privacy settings. In addition to being restricted from seeing some content, users may be able to view relevant content made publicly available by users that are not listed as friends.

Entries into the search bar are auto-completed as users type, with Facebook suggesting friends and second degree connections, Facebook pages, automatically-generated topics, and finally Web searches for anything Facebook is not yet able to search for.

The operation of the search feature depends on user involvement. The feature is intended to promote users to add more friends, more quickly. In doing so, it can provide updating, more data-rich results and stimulate use of the feature.

Microsoft has been partnered with Facebook to provide search results since 2008. Microsoft Live Search came to be known as Bing following the initiation of the partnership. In 2010, Facebook and Bing partnered to offer socially-oriented search results: ‘People Search’ and ‘Liked by your Facebook Friends’ information appeared in results within Facebook and on Bing.com.

In May 2012, Bing launched a social sidebar feature which displayed Facebook content alongside of search results. Promoted on the basis of asking friends for advice, the feature allows users to broadcast queries related to their searches to Facebook friends, and offers recommendations of Facebook friends, as well as experts from other networks who could be capable of offering insight.

The previously developed Instant Personalization feature integrated friends’ publicly available information, such as likes, into content on other external websites, such as Rotten Tomatoes and Yelp.

The emergence of the Graph Search feature builds on this partnership. Facebook content remains on Bing.com. The focus of Graph Search is internal content, but Bing continues to issue search results of external content. The external search results are based on traditional keyword-match.

The Open Graph feature allows developers to integrate their applications and pages into the Facebook platform, and links Facebook with external sites on the Internet. The feature operates by allowing the addition of metadata to turn websites into graph objects. Actions made using the app are expressed on users’ profile pages.


Facebook Smiley Codes/Emoticons (Updated)

I have already posted about Facebook Smiley Codes/Emoticons and you can check my previous post by clicking HERE. Here is an update with some more smiley codes added.

I haven’t tested the codes in Facebook chat. If you find any code  not working in Facebook please let me know. 

Facebook Chat Emoticon Trick

When you are chatting with any of your Facebook friends and want to use the profile photo of any Facebook user, page or event as an emoticon, follow these steps:

1. Copy the vanity URL of the user whose Facebook profile photo you want to use as an emoticon. For example: if you want to use the profile image of Thiyaku’s Blog, simply copy “thiyaku.blog” (without quotes).

2. Some fan pages or event pages have a unique ID associated with their URL. Copy the page ID if the vanity URL is not available.

3. Enclose the vanity string or the number within double brackets e.g [[thiyaku.blog]].

4. Hit send. The double bracketed text will convert into an emoticon of the user whose vanity URL was enclosed within double brackets. Sweet!

As long as your Facebook profile is publicly viewable and people know the vanity URL of your Facebook profile, page or event, anyone can use the profile photo as an emoticon. Locked pages or groups, which requires an invitation to join, shows a blank white thumbnail but such is not the case with real Facebook users.

These profile emoticons are viewable from web only and does not work in mobile apps e.g the messenger app on Android or the official Facebook application for Android. You can send the emoticons from mobile and the web but the thumbnails will only appear when you are viewing the chat log from the web.

You can Check out my Previous Post on Facebook Smiley Codes HERE.

Facebook Timeline Designs That Will Blow You Away

Facebook’s new Timeline design gives users a large “cover photo” space at the top of the page. We think this revamp is a great opportunity to get creative with your profile presentation.

Take a look through the image gallery below. Share your new Timeline designs in the comments…

Image Courtesy Mashable.

Facebook Timeline reveals who has unfriended you

Amid escalating competition from Google+ and other rivals, Facebook has announced a number of new features and is apparently revamping the social networking site. As you must have already noticed, Facebook users now have more control on the news feeds and account settings. The new subscribe button has already been rolled out. One of the most talked about upcoming Facebook features is Timeline, a new interface introduced by founder Mark Zuckerberg last week at San Fransico on the sidelines of “f8” conference.

Timeline allows users to see their entire history, including their changing friend lists. Till now, Facebook had no such feature which notified the user about who de-friended them.

The new Timeline feature is set to replace the concept of the current Profile page. The new page will display the most important content, including photos and texts they have shared on the social networking site over the years. Facebook is, however, not rushing in with the new feature, making it clear that it will roll out Timelines gradually.

It may be recalled that the Facebook’s redesign has received a cold response from critics. Many users have complained of the site becoming more complex and annoying. According to an Infrographic poll, nearly 86 percent respondents said they disliked the new design.

Check out this video….

To know more about Facebook Timeline click HERE.

Thanks Kul Bhushan.

Every Facebook Account Have 3 Passwords

Most of us know only about the password with which we log in our Facebook account, but every Facebook account has 3 password including your original password because the Facebook Passwords are not completely case sensitive. Besides this one password with which we log in, there exist two other passwords as well that are hardly known to anyone. So practically we have 3 passwords for our facebook account. Let us see apart from the main password, what are the other two passwords that do exist but are hardly in knowledge of anyone. These two passwords are :

  1. Your actual Facebook password with opposite cases.
  2. Your actual Facebook password with first letter capitalized, this is only available for mobile devices, though.

For instance, if your Facebook password is ‘aBccD’ , then even if you reverse the case and type your password as ‘AbCCd’ , you will be able to log in to your account. Thus, this reverse case will serve as your alternative password. This means even if all the letters of your password are in lower case, you can log in to your Facebook account even if your CAPS is on and you type your entire password in capital letters.

Similarly, if you operate your Facebook account through mobile , then whatever your password may be, but by mistake you capitalize the first letter of your password, still you will be able to log into your account (even though the entire password comprises of lower case).

This is not a bug in Facebook, they intentionally designed in this way. This is not going to affect the security of your account, since the password remains the same,  what has changed is just the capitalization, so it will take the same number of brute force attacks to crack it.

So we are now aware of the fact that there is not merely a single password with which you can log into your Facebook account, besides this, there are two other alternative passwords as well. So like it and share this article with everyone and let everyone know about it.

Google+: A blessing in disguise for Facebook

When Google+ came into the market, many said it would lead to the demise of Facebook. But considering the past few months, Facebook has reformed like never before. In the wake of competition from Google+, Facebook has introduced significant changes that have enhanced the user experience.

In the history of social networks, Facebook vs. Google+ is going to be the most interesting and fierce battle. It’s only because of Google+, Facebook has rolled out new products so quickly. Otherwise, it would have taken a lot fewer risks.

Rather than killing Facebook, Google+ has pushed the social networking giant to act quicker and more fiercely than ever before. Every attempts of Google+ have been successfully answered by Facebook and some of the projects are in the pipeline.
With the advent of Google+, Facebook introduced significant enhancements to Facebook Chat: video calling powered by Skype, group chat, and an option to see the friends you message most. The company also revamped its privacy settings in best interest of its users.

Expect lot more action in next few months. Both Facebook and Google+ won’t give up easily. But one thing that everyone would agree upon is, Google+ is the best thing ever happened to Facebook.

Thanks : ITvoir