Facebook thinks it can beat Google at its own game. Facebook Search has been supplemented with another 2 trillion posts. It is a daring move with the aim of attracting people to the blue side and there are a ton of cookies here. If Google is an engine that can find anything you are looking for, Facebook thinks it can do the same, or even better.
So what benefits does this new addition bring? Simply put, you will be able to find posts about your desired topic that date back to when Facebook was created. So if you want to know about that great earthquake from Indonesia which occurred at the end of 2004, you might as well find a lot of posts about it. The same goes for any other subject that was tackled on Facebook many, many years ago.
Tom Stocky, the search vice president at Facebook, declared that “with over 1.5 billion searches per day and over 2 trillion posts in our index, search is an important, long-term effort at Facebook.” In short, it looks like Facebook does have the firepower to host a search engine as great as Google’s. It’s about time someone came to challenge Google, especially since Yahoo is not doing a great job about it.
Stocky also gave some insight about “how people work” when certain events occur. In general, when something happens, people are interested in knowing what their friends think about it. The search update enables you not only to see what your friends thought about things long ago, but what were the world’s views on a particular subject. It gives great insight as to how the event was perceived and it might also be a good source for argumentative essays.
With this Search boost, Facebook is indirectly declaring war to Google and Twitter at the same time. Twitter is also interested in capturing the world’s attention with the “Moments” app, specifically designed to show Twitters the day’s most prominent stories. But with Twitter losing millions of people in favor of Instagram, it looks like the final battle will be held in between Google and Facebook.
Facebook has also mentioned that search results are going to be personalized. So if you are interested in politics don’t expect to get news on the weather or how Intel is launching a new Skylake processor. You will be “fed” exactly what you need. And if the service is accurate, more people are likely to join Facebook.
Facebook thinks it can beat Google at its own game. What do you think?
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