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Facebook engineers identify Graph Search's big data challenges

Zach Miners | Feb. 22, 2013
Facebook’s engineers have many challenges ahead of them as they work to scale up Graph Search, the site’s new social search tool. One stumbling block: an over-abundance of data to sift through.

In principle, nothing can stop users from typing in a query that is unusually long, such as Employers of friends of my friends who live in New York and who like Downton Abbey, engineers said, since Graph Search uses cues such as Likes and check-ins to more easily rank the results.

Eventually Graph Search will incorporate other metrics such as user comments and status updates to compile and rank results, but thats further down the line, the company said.


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