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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    I like the idea as sometimes I want to find an older post from one of my friends (if I can remember who posted it) and rather than scroll...scroll...scroll your boat through the news feed this will make finding it a snap.

    Not so sure about the name "Graph Search"... Yeah that's why geeks (and Microsoft's marketing department) should stay away from branding.

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    Charles

    Graph search is exactly what it is... Facebook is the world's largest social graph database. Having a useful way to traverse the graph (like using natural language query expressions to get back meaningful answers) is a great idea and this is a huge step forward for Facebook search (as opposed to general purpose search like Google and Bing). It won't take long for Google to follow suit with an improved graph search over Google+ (another graph database)...
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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    @Charles: I bet Granny would think of Facebook as "Facebook" and not a "social graph database". Maybe that's why they call it, um... "Facebook"? 

    You don't by chance moonlight with Microsoft's marketing department do you? Wink

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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    arnshea1

    excellent behind the scenes at this link.

    i think it's excellent. possibly even better than built in winsearch. but they can make more assumptions than windows can.

    Amazing - a trillion edges in the social graph!

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    magicalclick

    ??? Graph Search is easy to understand right? I upload my hand drawn graph as outline and it will search the image that is similar.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    JoshRoss

    Zuckerberg just has a thing for the word Graph, just has Gates has a thing for the word Rich-- not like money, more like chocolate cake. Anyways, the whole social thing is a big honey pot for stupid people.

    I don't care what my friends have to say about some Chinese restaurant, in San Francisco, I want to know what the predominant Chinese restaurant critic, who covers San Francisco, has to say about it. Dido, for music, movies, art, cars, wine, and other things that can be consumed in some various ways.

    I don't think that friend sluts, or people with a lot of friends, should be used to measure any facet of anything.

    -Josh

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    blowdart

    I'm using it to search my friends for anyone who likes creed.

    They won't be friends any more if they turn up on that search.

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    Bas

    @JoshRoss: Actually, one of the predominant reasons I'm friends with people is because we have mutual tastes and interests. Even if we don't, I at least have an idea of their tastes and interests and how they relate to mine.

    I have no idea if the predominant Chinese restaurant critic in San Francisco shares my intense hatred of noodles, but I know which of my friends do. I'd rather decide based on what a friend with roughly the same taste in food as me recommends than on what some self-proclaimed expert recommends.

    So I think there's something to be said for Graph Search. I like the idea, I just wonder why it's such a huge deal that they made a big mystery press anouncement out of it.. unless they're trying to pull the rug out from under Google in order to become the new kings of (personalized) search.

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    Charles

    @DeathByVisualStudio: I suspect people who use Facebook will simply search using natural language queries. There will be a search box and a "search" button...

    There's some great information about graph databases, graph traversal and a little graph theory here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Going+Deep/YOW-2012-Marko-Rodriguez-Graph-Systems-and-Databases

    Granny won't tell herself "I'm going to do a graph traversal over my Facebook graph data". She'll simply just search for something.....

    C

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    Ian2

    @JoshRoss:I thought Gates' main word thing was prefixing everything of note  with the word 'super'?

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    JoshRoss

    @Ian2: I think it goes in the middle of some of his ideas. Like in '...super excited to...'

    -Josh

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