Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Graph Search | Twitter Oscars Index

Facebook Fires Back at Yelp, Google with Graph Search (AllFacebook) Ever since Facebook co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the topic of search at TechCrunch Disrupt in September, industry experts have been wondering what the social network would do. The answer is Facebook’s graph search — a tool that combines Web searching with the connections that users have on the site.

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Facebook Fires Back at Yelp, Google with Graph Search (AllFacebook)
Ever since Facebook co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the topic of search at TechCrunch Disrupt in September, industry experts have been wondering what the social network would do. The answer is Facebook’s graph search — a tool that combines Web searching with the connections that users have on the site. Inside Facebook Rather than indexing the Web, Facebook has focused on making it easier to navigate and discover content within the social network. And instead of using keywords, users will combine phrases, such as “photos of me in 2006,” “my friends in San Francisco who like The Lord of the Rings” or “restaurants in New York liked by people who like Top Chef.” AllFacebook The graph search engine Facebook announced Tuesday can be a valuable source for valuable sources for journalists, and for photos, as well, journalist program manager Vadim Lavrusik wrote in a note on the Facebook + Journalists page. The new search enables journalists to do richer searches when trying to find experts for stories. For example, say you’re doing a story on a specific company, and you’re looking to interview someone who works at the company’s New York office, you could do this by searching for, “People who work at ACME Inc. in New York,” to find potential employees to reach out to. AppNewser In addition, you could find out how many of your friends are excited about Dan Brown‘s new book. The graph search will only be available in English at the launch and is currently in beta testing mode. SocialTimes Facebook indicated that it increasingly sees Google as a competitor and won’t sit idly by while Google pushes into social networking. As Google continues to leverage — now antitrust worry-free — its dominance in search and other Web utilities to force users to sign up for its social network Google+, Facebook is now using its dominance in social networking to siphon off some of Google’s search traffic with graph search.

Twitter Unveils ‘Twitter Oscars Index’ to Track Oscars Buzz (LostRemote)
Twitter is partnering with Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on the “Twitter Oscars Index,” which will be tracking talk of nominees on the social service leading up to and during the live telecast. Twitter’s head of TV, Fred Graver, explained the tracker in a post on Twitter’s media site: “Awards season also brings out the armchair film critic in many of us, as we rattle off our personal picks and pans, and predict who will take home that coveted award at the end of February. The Twitter Oscars Index offers a way to measure those discussions that happen on Twitter, and provide insight for all those closely following the exciting Oscar races.” SocialTimes In related news, Twitter’s partnership with Nielsen to provide social TV ratings has been undervalued in the media and the tech industry, according to a Greencrest Capital presentation supporting its recent claims that Twitter is heading toward a 2014 public stock offering. The partnership with ratings giant Nielsen, announced in mid-December, will gauge the reach of online and mobile conversations about television shows based on Twitter data.

OkCupid Launches CrazyBlindDate App to Help You Get a Date Tonight (SocialTimes)
Tired of all the searching and back-and-forth messaging that goes along with online dating? OkCupid is cutting out all the work that goes along with meeting that special someone online with the launch of CrazyBlindDate, a new app for Android and iOS that will help you get a hot date (or maybe an insane date) tonight, in a few taps.