Google has dominated the search engines for over 10 years now leaving Yahoo, Bing, AskJeeves, AOL and everyone else far behind. Internet Builder Consulting has been saying it since 2009 when Facebook began showing ‘search results’ outside of Facebook using Microsoft Bing that it was only a matter of time before Facebook became it’s own ‘Search Engine’. The time has come and past and now the Billions of Facebook Users will never have to leave Facebook to search on Google, Yahoo or Bing again. The first version of Facebook Graph Search works on the most valuable aspect of Facebook, your friends, what they are doing, where they have been and what they like.
People use Facebook because it instantly connects them with like minded individuals, people ‘like ME’ which is common in society. Facebook Graph Search provides levels of detail no other search engine can provide enabling you to search for ‘friends’ who like Pizza or have visited Spain or even locate someone you may have met at a store that helped you and you wanted to thank.
Interesting enough this works quite well since the latest professional to join the Internet Builder Consulting team, Jennifer was found through Facebook after some exceptional service at the pharmacy. I used Facebook to narrow down a list of people names Jennifer that worked at a pharmacy in Kansas City and ended friends with our latest hard working team member!
The first version of Facebook Graph Search is focused on primarily searching ‘friends’ and connections As the system progresses it will include Business Pages and Fan Pages eventually encompassing all aspects and INFORMATION stored on Facebook. The image below is the new Facebook Graph Search menu with a few ‘suggested’ search options although you can search for ANYTHING!
Google has its first real challenger here while Microsoft is going to see a boost in traffic on Bing. When Graph Search doesn’t find the results you are looking for, you will also get a list of Bing web results within Facebook. This also dramatically increases the value in Social Marketing Optimization (SMO) as part of any effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO) program. It is NOT about the ‘likes’ a Facebook page has, it is about how it is setup, optimized and connected just like SEO is for a website.
Mark Zuckerberg said the main difference is Graph Search’s ability to deliver ‘answers’ rather than ‘links to answers’ makes it clear that Facebook and Bing are on the same page: The Bing team has long been working on a search solution that eschews “blue links” in favor of a search engine where people are as important as pages.
Bing Director Stefan Weitz recently stated that the majority of people doing research on the internet, for a new product, or a potential vacation, won’t rely on search engine page alone. They will turn to friends and experts to get additional input before making a decision. The more Bing enhances its social sidebar with increasing amounts of social data, the less you are likely to jump around to other sources.
If you would like to know more about how to setup, optimize, market and manage your business, products or services online contact The Experts at Internet Builder Consulting for a consultation 816-842-7774 – we helped create social marketing with 18 years experience building BETTER Websites, SEO and Social Marketing solutions. Having a Facebook page with effective, optimized social marketing, has never been more important for the success of your business.
It’s not about the likes, it’s about the leads.
Robert ‘Dot Com’ Jackson
Internet & Technology Expert