Okay, so unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two weeks, you have probably heard of Facebook’s big announcement last January 15th: Graph Search. More than a new “search tool,” Facebook will now tap into its huge database of users interactions to power a search tool that will not simply provide you with a bunch of links, like in a classic search with Google, Yahoo or Bing, but rather add a whole social layer upon it. Consider these Facebook statistics:
There are now more than 1 billion users on Facebook, with an estimated 743 million active users (active at least once in the past month).
58% of its user base access Facebook daily, while 23% access it 5+ times per day!
More than 60% of users access their Facebook account via a mobile device.
More than 1 million websites have integrated with Facebook.
There are over 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook every single day.
There are over 500+ million “likes” per day.
1 out of every 7 minutes online is spent on Facebook. The average session per visit is 20 minutes.
These are all mind-boggling statistics that can now be put into motion to power the Graph Search engine. Well, lo and behold, I was granted access a few days ago and so here are my first thoughts on the new shiny tool.
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