A common perception of Facebook’s efforts on the search front is that they have stalled since its introduction of Graph Search at the beginning of last year, but this is not so, Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday during the company’s second-quarter earnings call.
A test of Facebook’s Graph Search for mobile was discovered in February by Seth Fiegerman of Mashable, who encountered the functionality within the social network’s mobile application. Monday, Justin Lafferty of sister blog Inside Facebook found evidence of a test of Graph Search on the mobile Web.
Is Facebook testing a Spanish-language version of Graph Search, which is currently available only in English?
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke with Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times’ Bits blog about the Facebook Creative Labs initiative to create new mobile applications, the differences between Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and turning 30, among other things.
Facebook appears to have redesigned the layout for searches for places in Graph Search, and the new look includes a “Text Me Directions” feature, where users can request that directions to places listed in Graph Search results be sent to their mobile phones via text message.
How is Facebook able to quickly process the sort of queries about users and their friends generated by features such as Graph Search, despite the fact that the relevant data may be stored on several different servers? Software Engineers Alessandro Presta and Alon Shalita offered an example of how the social network uses graph-processing system Apache Giraph to handle those tasks in a post on its engineering blog.
With big-name brands like L’Oreal, Groupon, and Pepsi using Facebook for social recruiting, it’s no wonder that small businesses are gaining the confidence to do the same — but it’s not quite as simple as it looks. You know what these big companies have that you don’t? Legal teams.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Should job recruiters incorporate Facebook into their social recruiting efforts? The answer is an emphatic yes, according to Work4 Labs, a major player in that field, and Work4 Labs illustrated why, in infographic form.