Facebook brings Graph Search to its iOS app

If you count yourself among the swarms of Facebook users, you may have taken advantage of the service’s “Graph Search” on your PC, a semantic search engine that processes natural language queries and scrubs your friends’ data for results. For instance, you might ask it to locate your friends in New York City who like both Star Wars and Star Trek, with the aim of putting together a guest list for a sci-fi party. Pretty useful, but so far desktop-only. Now Facebook is taking Graph Search and making it available on certain smartphones.

Right now Graph Search is only coming to iOS – Facebook says that users in the US can hope to see an update with the feature arrive sometime this week. What we don’t hear about, though, are any Graph Search plans for Android; we’d assume that it’s just a matter of time before it’s similarly available on Android, but the company isn’t saying anything either way. We’re not going to even pretend to guess at Windows Phone’s chances.

While Graph Search is a powerful tool, there’s a flip side to that coin, and it makes it easier for people you share your information with to pull your name into some very detailed searches – maybe that’s not a concern, but consider this release a reminder to revisit your privacy settings.

Source: Facebook
Via: Tech Crunch

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