Five-Star Ratings System
Recommendations are a huge part of Graph Search. When users seek restaurants or bookstores their friends have liked, Facebook shows the average amount of stars their friends have assigned when rating those places. Previously, star ratings were available only through mobile and through random sidebar polling, but Inside Facebook noticed that Facebook recently added the ability to visit pages from desktop and rate them.
Some Facebook users are seeing detailed explanations of the five-star ratings system the social network uses to allow users to rate places.
Recently, Facebook began rolling out a global redesign of its mobile location pages. The intention of this redesign seems to be focused not only on making it easier to find business’ physical locations, but also simplifying interactions between users and businesses on Facebook mobile.
Facebook is testing a host of new open graph actions for content involving subjects like books, movies, and television, including “rate,” “quote,” “wants to read,” and “wants to watch,” developer Tom Waddington pointed out to sister blog Inside Facebook.
Recommendations from friends are one of the major components of the graph search feature Facebook introduced Tuesday, and the social network is preparing for the rollout of graph search by sprucing up the appearance of its recommendation stories.
Location-based mobile application Foursquare launched its counterpunch to Facebook’s new, improved nearby tab on its mobile applications, which was announced earlier this week, with its addition of recommendations from Facebook friends to its explore options.
Facebook beefed up the functionality of the nearby tab on its mobile applications for iOS and Android, potentially enabling its users to discover more local businesses and, conversely, those businesses to be discovered by more Facebook users.