Facebook is about to undergo a major change. The company announced July 8 that it's readying to roll out the Graph Search function that it introduced in January and offered in beta form to "tens of millions" of users, who have already helped to improve it.
"We look at this as the third main pillar in our business up to this point," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a Jan. 15 press event, introducing the technology. "We have Newsfeed, for connecting with the people around you. We have Timeline, which tells us the history of the people around you. And now we have Graph Search, which will tie everything together and answer questions directly, in real time."
In its July 8 blog post, Facebook said that since January, the speed of Graph Search has been improved, thanks to early user feedback, and so has "query understanding"—the software now understands more ways of asking a question. It also does a better job of showing the most relevant results first, and the search box has been made easier to see and use.