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Facebook’s new search function goes deep into your past

Facebook_graph_searchAfter launching a beta version of their new deep search tool, Facebook is announcing this week that Graph Search is being rolled out to even more users.

Starting Monday, Facebook Graph Search will be available to all users with their language settings set to US English.The search featureis supposed to help you find places and things that your friends – or random other people who haven’t locked down their privacy settings – are interested in.

To give it a shot, I tried the search ‘Photos of my friends before 2009.’ I forgot some friends actually had hair, and I forgot how youthful we all once looked.

The idea is that you search for things involving your friends, and that should be better than the search results you’d typically get form Google. So a better practice search would be ‘Restaurants my friends have been to in Toronto.’

The feature isn’t particulary new, having been out since in beta to some users earlier this year. But Facebook says it’s a lot better.

It’s supposed to be faster than it was at launch, better at understanding what you’re asking it to find, and ultimately better at delivering search results that are actually useful to you.

But because searching for photos of your friends from about years and years ago can bring about undesirable results, you’ll definetly want to take a gander at your privacy settings, and lock them down.

In the top-right corner of your page you’ll see a lock icon. Click on it, and then dive deep to adjust what others can and can’t see when searching for you on Facebook.


This is awkward: Tumblr exposes creepy (real) Facebook Graph Search results

married_people_prostitutesWorried about what kinds of things Facebook Graph Search will dig up? Look no further than the Tumblr account called “Actual Facebook Graph Searches.”

The blog collects screenshots of some of the most bizarre search results you can get using the ill-named search tool.

Tom Scott, the creator, says he compiled the search results to show just how ridiculous the search results can be.

He doesn’t just post screen shots of just any search results – he goes for “amusingly contradictory things.”

As you can tell by some of the images posted below, he nails the essence of it exactly.

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Employers, experts suspicious if you’re not on Facebook

Have you refused to sign up for Facebook, or is your profile so secret that nobody can find your online tracks? You might want to pull back the curtains on your online persona, just a little bit.

According to a report, some employers and psychologists warn that staying away from social networks is “suspicious.”

There was a time when many people held out on joining the world’s largest social network – and others locked down their accounts to the max so nobody could see anything.

Let’s be honest – with Facebook’s user base creeping up on a billion users, users without an account must be living without Internet or above age 40 if they don’t have an account (in which case, it’s OK to not be on Facebook, but more on that later).

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Crash victim ordered to hand over Facebook photos in legal case

A woman suing for damages following a crash has been ordered to hand over post-collision Facebook photos, which could potentially affect the outcome of her case.

Tamara Fric was a University of Victoria law student in November 2008 when the vehicle she was travelling was rear ended.

But how will her Facebook photos since the crash affect her lawsuit?

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