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How Facebook Will Power Graph Search

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the moar-power-?x-unification-error dept.

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Last week, Facebook announced Graph Search, a system for searching the social network's vast collection of users, photos, and 'Liked' interests. But how will Facebook power it? The Disaggregated Rack, which will separate compute, RAM, storage, and caching functions in order to remain flexible in the face of Graph Search's changing needs. By breaking up resources and scaling them independently of each other, Facebook can scale without needing to constantly open up new servers and upgrade new hardware."

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How will they power it? (5, Funny)

Lost Race (681080) | about a year ago | (#42654979)

Probably with electricity from the grid, generated from coal, gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, etc, as usual. TFA didn't actually mention power sources at all.

Re:How will they power it? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42655011)

Wasn't it "trapped dark souls of ex-employees, spinning the generator wheels in eternal damnation"?

Re:How will they power it? (1)

William Miller (2821191) | about a year ago | (#42655023)

This is a very smart reply, isn't it?? As for me, any site search engine updates are very interesting from the coding and SEO points of view. It must have taken 2-3 months for their specialists to work hard with it and make lots of test before launching. I'm not a great Facebook user, but as a webmaster I would look for some more information on their searching algorithm.

Re:How will they power it? (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | about a year ago | (#42656801)

This is a very smart reply, isn't it??

You must be new here.

Re:How will they power it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42661201)

This is a very smart reply, isn't it??

You must be new here.

Judging by his user ID, yes.

Facebook search already better than Googles. (0)

thammoud (193905) | about a year ago | (#42654987)

Just learned that something called RAM sled actually exits. Not on Google search yet.

I don't want graph search. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42654991)

I don't want "Graph Seach". I just want to search my damn feed. Is that too much to ask?

Re:I don't want graph search. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42655183)

"my damn feed", i'm sorry but it doesn't belong to you.

Re:I don't want graph search. (3, Interesting)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about a year ago | (#42655747)

That's why the best way to search your own feed is via FQL, just set up an app as if you were a third party marketing company and it's all suddenly much easier to get to your own data.

Re:I don't want graph search. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42656857)

The Facebook Experience.

the marketers vs. users war (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42655051)

the funny part is that on one hand you have users trying to protect their privacy while marketers are trying to actively exploit it. from what i have read on forbes (links here [forbes.com] and here [forbes.com]) graph search is more for marketers rather than users. after all, which users care about searching for anything besides people on facebook?

and all of this is happening on the same website! so essentially facebook is now creating products/features which are basically opposing eachother.

it must be tough to work in privacy department at facebook. privacy at facebook is being slowly shoved aside in favor of the marketers. and we all know how this story plays out.

Re:the marketers vs. users war (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42655293)

graph search is more for marketers rather than users.

Graph search is ENTIRELY for marketers ... And that's why Facebook had to override the user setting where users had explicitly instructed Facebook that their name and other data shall not be included in any search service.

Graph search is "powered by" disregarding the data handling directives that accompanied the data when it was stored on Facebook's servers.

Re:the marketers vs. users war (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about a year ago | (#42657629)

the funny part is that on one hand you have users trying to protect their privacy while marketers are trying to actively exploit it. from what i have read on forbes (links here and here) graph search is more for marketers rather than users. after all, which users care about searching for anything besides people on facebook?

and all of this is happening on the same website! so essentially facebook is now creating products/features which are basically opposing eachother.

it must be tough to work in privacy department at facebook. privacy at facebook is being slowly shoved aside in favor of the marketers. and we all know how this story plays out.

It's actually quite easy, one you realize that online privacy is a myth perpetrated by those who want to sell your information.

There is no "online privacy", and even the simple act of "friends only" can still mean "everyone" (as Mark Zuckerberg's sister found out - there was nothing wrong with her settings. Just one of her "friends" decided to re-tweet the photo to the world).

Online "privacy" is an illusion created to get people to share stuff they wouldn't otherwise, thinking they have control over it. Well, think of it this way - everything you put on facebook, google+, twitter, etc? Try doing the same thing - except as an email to your friends. It's the same effect, your email with your information is "friends only", but nothing stops them from forwarding it to the entire world or posting it on their blog or whatever.

The smart ones online realize this, realize that "don't post online what you don't want the world to know" still applies, and carefully crafts an online persona that reflects their desired image. No drunken photos (or going out with friends with a propensity to do so), photos in neutral settings or "doing community work" or other stuff, etc.

How will they power it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42655143)

Through Hadoop...

"graph search" (3, Insightful)

Swampash (1131503) | about a year ago | (#42655753)

To misquote Steve Jobs: if you see the word "graph" in a customer-facing product, they blew it.

The only people who use or have even heard the term "social graph" are product managers at Facebook and Google. Searching a "graph" means absofuckinglutely nothing to an end user.

And anyone who reads XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42656211)

To misquote Steve Jobs: if you see the word "graph" in a customer-facing product, they blew it.

The only people who use or have even heard the term "social graph" are product managers at Facebook and Google. Searching a "graph" means absofuckinglutely nothing to an end user.

It's not the first use of the mathematical term "graph" in a social context.

http://xkcd.com/403/ [xkcd.com]

welcome to the future (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42655929)

So they basically are NOW realizing that you can run multiple processes on a single processor? They are so innovative. Scape away all of they BS techno jargon and you are left with, "Facebook will power a database search by using unused CPU cycles on existing hardware."

Any non-story being used to influence the stock price of company that doesn't produce anything, only consumes(you).

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