This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
How To Video: Get started with Facebook Graph Search
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

How To Video: Get started with Facebook Graph Search

3:31 /

Graph Search is an entirely new way to explore people, places, photos, and interests. Sharon Vaknin shows you how to navigate the new feature -- and maybe even land a date.

You've always been able to search on Facebook, but the interface was clunky and it was always really hard to find what you were looking for. Now Facebook is rolling out Graph Search, a much more robust search tool that lets you search just about anything friends have shared with you on Facebook. So the first thing to do, if you haven't already, is sign up for Graph Search Beta which you can do by heading over to Facebook.com/about/graphsearch and scroll down to the bottom and hit sign up. Once you get Graph Search, Facebook will alert you, and your navigation bar will morph into something that looks like this, so the search bar is on the left and all of your friend requests, messages, and notifications are on the right. Now you can use Graph Search to search the web, and if you search for something like oh, how to find lost iPhone, it'll redirect you to a Bing search within Facebook, but most of the time you'll use Graph Search to search within Facebook content. So let me show you a few examples. So I can search for something like photos I liked in 2013, and all the photos that I liked in 2013 will show up, but I can also expand that search, make it more specific by saying something like photos in 2013 I liked and commented on, and the results will be much more specific. So that's an example of how you can search within content that you or your friends have contributed, but you can also search public Facebook contents. So for example I can search photos taken in San Francisco, California, and any photo that was shared publicly and shot in San Francisco will show up. Now if you click on the module on the right, you can further refine that search by defining photos of people, the date the photo was taken, and so on. Another fun way to use Graph Search is to get recommendations. So I can search for something like books read by CEOs, people who are CEOs, and a list of books read by people who are CEOs will show up in the results. I can also do something like friends who like gluten-free restaurants. The possibilities are endless and this might sound crazy, but you might start using Graph Search to find a date. So watch out eHarmony because check this out. I can do something like men who live in San Francisco and like basketball and are over the age of 25. Okay. So it looks like this guy is in a relationship, so let's further refine the search and say single men who live in San Francisco and like basketball and are over the age of 25. So as you get started with Graph Search, have fun with it. Find a date or maybe discover a new restaurant in town. It might change the way you use Facebook. Oh and before you ask, don't worry about your privacy settings; they haven't changed. All Graph Search does is surface the data you and your friends have already contributed. With that being said though, you might wanna go ahead and check your privacy settings again. Go ahead and visit this link for my blog on that topic. For CNET.com, I'm Sharon Vaknin.

New releases

Getting blitzed on football te...
1:03 September 17, 2014
Along with September comes gridiron season. Whether you're following your favorite pro team or your alma mater,...
Play video
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus
1:46 September 16, 2014
The new, larger iPhones have already set an Apple sales record for preorders. While the phones won't be available...
Play video
iPhone 6, reviewed and up clos...
3:12 September 16, 2014
A bigger screen, a whole new design, and the promise of Apple Pay. What else does Apple's newest iPhone offer?...
Play video
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is big, bright,...
2:35 September 16, 2014
The larger of the two new iPhone models offers better battery life and a better camera than the smaller, but...
Play video
A closer look: iPhone 6, 6 Plus...
1:36 September 16, 2014
This year's iPhones have a different look. How is it different, and what do the sizes feel like? Take a look...
Play video
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus features,...
2:31 September 16, 2014
Trying to decide between iPhones? Here's what both the 6 and 6 Plus have in common, and how they're diffe...
Play video
Apple iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus camera...
2:00 September 16, 2014
Both of Apple's new smartphones offer significant updates over the iPhone 5s before, but how do they compare...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 052: Cheetah-bot...
23:23 September 16, 2014
On today's show, Khail and Ashley panic a little about cheetah-bot's untethered evolution, gush about the...
Play video