Facebook drops Microsoft’s Bing from its Graph Search
January 5, 2015
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All you Facebook Graph Search fans out there, this might come as a shocker if you’ve been regular and loyal users of Facebook’s Graph Search. But hold your horses now would you, before you jump to conclusions and spread false rumours too. So far there is word out that, “Facebook drops Microsoft’s Bing from its Graph Search”. So let’s find out if it is in effect.
Well it has been confirmed that Microsoft’s Bing has been removed from Facebook’s Graph Search. For those who are new to the concept of “Microsoft’s Bing”, it is actually a search engine like its rival Google. But if you’re wondering why this important decision was made then here’s why this change was inevitable. The main reason being that it aimed at assisting its users in finding the posts from friends that have been shared rather than simply being people search specific. If you’re looking for more insights into this tough decision, read on to uncover the others.
With the amount of users constantly growing Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has realised the potential of Facebook’s Graph Search and admitted that searching the web wasn’t core to Facebook: “We don’t think a lot of people will come to Facebook to do web searches, but if we can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s good to have this”. This is probably why the change is customised to suite the user’s needs therefore it is designed for a more user centric search instead. Nevertheless, Microsoft and Facebook are still maintaining their partnership in many different areas as stated to VentureBeat according to spokespersons from both Microsoft and Facebook alike. Here’s what was stated –
- In a statement to VentureBeat, a Facebook spokesperson said, “We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook.” But, “We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas.”
- A Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat that, “Facebook recently changed its search experience to focus on helping people tap into information that’s been shared with them on Facebook versus a broader set of web results. We continue to partner with Facebook in many different areas.”
- The Microsoft spokesperson also noted that Facebook’s move happened “a while ago.”
Well now that we know that “Microsoft’s Bing” has been dropped for sure; this confirms what we originally thought to be a rumour does in fact hold true after all. Although the previous “Facebook Graph Search” was no doubt excellent, user friendly, quite efficient and extremely useful to those of us that are fans of this exceptional service and used it to our advantage optimally, things change. And change is good, so we all need to adapt and learn more tricks that we can use to avail the benefit of.
The peoples search with the “new Facebook Graph Search” may not work as effectively as before, so you might experience some difficulty in the same. But users shouldn’t be disappointed just yet as Facebook might introduce an improved Graph Search with better features that might give you better results for such searches.
However, it’s a relief in knowing, “For every obstacle there is also an alternative to that; if you only thought to look”. If there are any updates on the same we will keep you updated. But don’t forget to mention your views about the same if any in the comments section. We’d like to hear the perspectives of our readers too.