Facebook is slowly creeping on to Google’s turf and something tells me Google is not going to like it. But what is Google going to do about it? That is a question for another time. Over time, Google has perfected the art of operating a search engine and has become a giant in that domain. On the other hand, Facebook is just starting out. So the question here is will the Facebook Graph search be able to compete with Google search? Let us have a closer look.
With Facebook’s graph search it will now be possible to execute more specific searches. Though Facebook’s initial aim was communication, the social media giant has now evolved and is looking to provide more information to its users. But how different is it from Google search, or is it different at all? The Facebook Graph search is very limited to say the least. It can only give you results based on the profiles of your friends or maybe even you friends’ friends. The whole idea is to get the information from a reliable source, such as a friend.
Suppose you were to search for a certain restaurant in a certain section of Paris, Facebook’s Graph search will only show you data that has been submitted by its users. This might include photos, locations as well as interests. Although Facebook currently has a database of more than a billion, the effectiveness of the Facebook graph search will only revealed in time. The tool is currently in the beta testing phase and will be available for everyone to see in due time.
As mentioned before, the entire concept is limited. For example, if you search for a restaurant, you will only find the ones that have been recommended by you friends. Hence, sometimes, your search might even prove to be a futile as so many things don’t even exist on Facebook. This is where Google search makes a difference. It has more sources and better connectivity.
Although Facebook is trying to improve and expand, there will always be disgruntled users. The first rule of social media is simple – do not upload if you do not want it to be seen. But the social media bug is tempting and people still want to share, but with restrictions. Some people tweak their privacy settings such that only their friends can see the stuff that they have shared. This privacy option might be compromised soon. With Facebook’s Graph search, anything a user has done on Facebook instantly becomes available for everyone to see. It will be all the more open now a user only has to search for it. Will this be considered as an infringement of privacy by users? Time will tell.
Everything mentioned above states that the two search tools are very different. But, some people also think that Facebook graph search will be able to compete with Google search. Though Facebook might be able to steal some of Google’s users, it will not really dominate the search giant as Google’s reach is far and wide, and Facebook’s connectivity is nowhere near that of Google.
However, Google needs to start working on expanding and improving as Facebook is going to catch up soon. Hence, it is important for Google to stay one step ahead of Facebook. While Facebook has millions of users in its database, Google has a database that consists of almost everyone on the internet. It won’t be long before Facebook creeps up on them. So the question remains – will Facebook’s Graph search complete Google’s search? The might well be yes, but it is not going to happen anytime soon.