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Is your Graph Search wardrobe ready for its closeup? http://bit.ly/10IAAcu
I'm guilty of it. Many people I know are. And you? My guess is: probably. What Facebook has dubbed the "set up and forget it" problem is one they've been trying to solve for a while. And it only tends to only get worse the longer you FB. (There are only so many of those stupid Farmville requests and other FB-annoyances you should be subjected to in a single lifetime.) While lots of us have set up a plot within the walled FB garden and planted some seeds, we slowly quit watering and weeding. And without a steady stream of Likes, Friend Reqs, declared interests & status updates, the Walled Garden as a whole starts withering and looking pretty raggedy.
Graph Search is driven by 4 factors: nouns (eg. friends of friends; Chanel), pronouns (who), verbs (live; wear); prepositions (in; for) - eg. "friends of friends who live in San Francisco and live for their Chanel shoes".
And it will probably give many of us who earn our livelihood online a reason to cultivate that virtual green thumb again. The same way Google did when it precipitated an outbreak of web page owners retooling their sites for search. "Facebook’s Graph Search will incent FB users to “dress” themselves in better meta-data, so as to be properly represented in all those new structured results," notes John Batelle. Motivated by the desire to manage & grow our digital footprints, Batelle predicts that people will start to update their profiles with more dates, photo tags, relationship statuses, and, and, and…."I predicted we’d all become habituated to “dressing” ourselves in structured data, so as to best present ourselves to the world at any given time," he continues. "Graph Search is another important tool in our ever-growing digital wardrobe."