Facebook has revealed a major addition to its social network platform – a smart search engine called graph search.
The feature allows Facebook users to make “natural” searches of content shared by their friends.
Search terms could include phrases such as “friends who like Liverpool FC”.
Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg insisted it was not a web search, and therefore not a direct challenge to Google, Yahoo and others.
However Facebook have announced they were integrating Microsoft’s Bing search engine for situations when graph search itself could not find answers.
Mr Zuckerberg said he “did not expect” people to start flocking to Facebook to do web search.
“That isn’t the intent,” he said. “But in the event you can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s really nice to have this.”
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