Facebook Graph Search will include Microsoft's Bing web search results

Facebook has announced its own internal search engine, which it is calling Graph Search. However, the company will also be incorporating web search results with its new system.

As part of its press event today, Engadget reports that Facebook will be using Microsoft's Bing service which will add web site results alongside Facebook's Graph Search results. Bing will be used if someone using Graph Search on Facebook wants to learn about, for example, the local weather. Those results will come from Bing's engine.

Zuckerberg stated, ""We don't think people will be coming to us exclusively for web search, but we wanted to provide good search results in Graph Search." During a Q&A, Facebook team member Lars Rasmussen stated, "There's an integration between Bing and Graph Search so that Bing picks up when Graph can't deliver relevant results."

Facebook also confirmed that Microsoft is helping Facebook with the development of Graph Search. Asked why they didn't go with Google, Zuckerberg stated, "We would love to work with Google. We just wanted to incorporate search, and as long as the companies are willing to honor the privacy of folks sharing content on Facebook, we'll work with them. We just haven't gotten it worked out with Google yet."

With over one billion Facebook users, adding in Bing search results to the website will be a massive boost for Microsoft as it tries to gain more market share from Google. Bing already powers the search engine for Yahoo, which is still the third biggest Internet search engine in the US.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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whats the 2nd biggest search engine? I thought it was yahoo.. but if Bing powers it, wouldn't it be the same results?

as long as the companies are willing to honor the privacy of folks sharing content on Facebook, we'll work with them. We just haven't gotten it worked out with Google yet

Even Facebook's privacy standards are significantly above Google's, just as Google would not make privacy concessions to Apple, they are unwilling to honor privacy in something as simple as their search thus far to work with Facebook.

Facebook will not work with Google or Apple because Facebook had a story with MS and may be they are still related.

Microsoft acted (and may be they still acts as a Angel Investor).

Angel Investor they are anything but angel. They don't give you money just because they have faith in your projects but instead they tied you for some responsibilities. Also, most of the time, they own a petty part of the business, usually is 10% but it is not strange that most owns a petty 1%, however the power that they have is more than a regular shareholder. I.e. Angel Investor are pretty much like a loan shack.

In this case, MS, as a Angel Investor (and not as a regular shareholder) gets privileged information so they (casually) were able to sell big part of the shares for a nice price. And now, they are making a lucrative deal with Facebook, it is not bind luck but part of the original deal.

rojorojo said,
"We would love to work with Google..." Hahahaha. Well that's a slap in the face to the BING team!

Actually you missed the most relevant bit: "We just wanted to incorporate search, and as long as the companies are willing to honor the privacy of folks sharing content on Facebook, we'll work with them." Basically they dont want to work with google because they would mine the data themselves which apparently bing wont do. So hardly a slap in the face for bing and more another case of google just wanting peoples data.

rojorojo said,
"We would love to work with Google..." Hahahaha. Well that's a slap in the face to the BING team!

It's generic corp-speak to keep any other present of future interactions with Google civil. That you would interpret it as anything else says a lot about you.

Though I certainly don't doubt some self-styled tech journalist--or worse, a blogger--is bound to vomit out an article headlined "Facebook SLAMS Bing", since blinking too hard at someone is considered a slam these days.