Facebook holds press event to show off its next big thing

Facebook is holding a media event at its headquarter in Menlo Park, Calif. We'll be bringing you all the news.

  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:40:46 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:41:04 PM

    Tom is back: People, places, photos, interests.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:41:17 PM
    He's addressing privacy, knowing full well this could be an issue.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:42:31 PM
    At upper right, there are privacy shortcuts. 1) Who can see my stuff? It lets you see which photos have been uploaded of you, or ones you've been tagged in., or photos hidden from your Timeline.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:43:04 PM
    He's showing you can easily -- as in, by checking a box -- untag a photo or remove it entirely.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:43:39 PM
    He says this is a touch of the privacy tools we have.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:43:40 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:44:30 PM
    Zuckerberg is back on stage. "this is one of the coolest things we've done in a while." He emphasizes how early it is. Calls it a beta product.

    Even so, Graph Search is a completely new way to get information on Facebook.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:44:34 PM
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:45:11 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:45:21 PM
    He's talking about privacy concerns -- and tool that let you know what's happening before everyone in the world has Graph Search.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:45:44 PM
    He shows a screen shot of the tool.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:45:52 PM
    One more thing to share.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:46:03 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:46:45 PM
    He mentions that when you can't find what you're looking for, Facebook has a partnership with Bing. So it's better to have Web search results when Graph Search isn't enough. For instance, when you search "weather in Menlo Park."
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:47:01 PM
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:47:20 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:47:26 PM
    With Graph Search, you get a powerful tool and a world class search engine at the same time. People won't come here to do Web searches all the time -- that's not the intent -- but if they need to, they can use Bing. .
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:48:05 PM
    Graph Search is a big project and will take years and years to mature. In the future, we want to get to mobile. The only reason we didn't do mobile first is that our mobile engineers have been working on apps.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:48:30 PM
    Decided English was a logical place to search. Eventually, we will add all and get to Open Graph
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:48:44 PM
    Facebook will start a limited beta today and start rolling it out very slowly.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:48:53 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:49:03 PM
    Because it needs to start getting data to see how people use the data.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:49:08 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:49:14 PM
    Before the Q&A starts, Zuck is showing a quick video about Graph Search.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:49:17 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:50:55 PM
    This is a classic feel-good video that shows uses for Graph Search. It's showing searching of photos right now.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:51:26 PM
    Zuck: This is a big tech problem and a big social problem. The kind we love at FB. It's really different from anything that's out there.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:51:41 PM
    Q&A time!
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:53:16 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:53:24 PM
    Q: Privacy -- is there anything now that you couldn't find on FB before.
    A: Zuckerberg: privacy will be the big question people have.
    Tom: We've tried to explain it really clearly, and we will have to keep explaining.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:53:40 PM
    Zuckerberg says nothing is visible now that wasn't before.
  • David Hamilton 1/15/2013 6:54:17 PM
    I guess we'll see about that. We have heard these promises before.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:54:26 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:54:43 PM
    Q: Will there be an API? (That is, a way to develop apps that use Graph Search.)
    Zuckerberg: We'd love to have one, but we have years and years of work ahead of us. For now, it's focused on people, places, photos and interests.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:54:53 PM
    Q: Monetization?
    Zuckerberg: For now, we're focused on user experience. He adds that Facebook has had sponsored search results for a while. That extends nicely for this, but it hasn't added anything new for this.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:55:46 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:56:16 PM
    Rollout, says Zuck, is in order of hundreds of thousands today. So very small.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:56:39 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:56:42 PM
    Q: When mobile?
    Zuckerberg: The quicker we get this to a good state, the sooner we'll get it to mobile. But we don't know when yet.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:58:07 PM
    Q: How do you know this is what people want?
    Zuckerberg: We try to look at use cases. People actually have been asking for a long time to find friends who like things, places, etc.
  • James Martin 1/15/2013 6:58:27 PM
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:59:09 PM
    Zuckerberg says he's pretty confident from the feedback he's gotten that people will want this.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:59:41 PM
    Zuckerberg praises Facebook's relationship with Microsoft and says Web search and Graph Search complement each other.
  • Paul Sloan 1/15/2013 6:59:56 PM
    Says he's been working with the team for months to work this out.
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