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Facebook introduces Graph Search (pictures)

At its headquarters today, the social network unveils a tool designed to let users get answers to questions about friends in their Social Graph.

CNET News staff
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Graph Search

At company headquarters today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Graph Search, a new tool designed to let users get answers to questions about friends in their Social Graph.
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Structured

Graph Search is not a keyword search, says Facebook. It's structured.
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Movie searches

In one example, the query "friends who like star wars and harry potter" comes up with 16 friends who like both. It shows a list of friends who like those movies, plus you get to see other movies they like.
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Refining the search

You can refine the search too.
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Recruiting

Facebook says the tool can also be used for recruiting. One example of such a search: "people who have been product managers and who have been founders."
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Photo search

A search for "photos of my friends before 1990" brings up a number of photos of kids, including one of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg from 1972.
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Restaurant search

Another search: "Restaurants in San Francisco, Calif., liked by my friends from India."
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Privacy shortcuts

Facebook also showed some privacy shortcuts for users, including untagging or removing photos.
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Bing results

Zuckerberg says Facebook has a partnership with Bing. You can get Web search results when Graph Search isn't enough.
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Future plans

The tool, in a limited beta, is available in English, but Facebook plans to add other languages and eventually make it available for mobile users too.
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A 'big project'

Zuckerberg says Graph Search is a big project and will take years and years to mature.
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Limited beta

As mentioned, Graph Search is now in a limited beta. You can sign up to get on the list.

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