Facebook announced its long awaited new internal search engine, Graph Search, today and also announced that Microsoft's Bing search engine would be used for displaying web search results for Graph Search users. Now Microsoft has offered some more information about its newest collaboration with Facebook.
In a post on the official Bing blog today, Microsoft confirmed that its Bing division worked together with Facebook team members to create what Microsoft calls a "a unified search experience". Microsoft stated:
To the Facebook user, they will not only see useful results, but we think have serendipitous experiences. Imagine searching for Jay-Z concerts on Facebook, and not only finding Facebook content, but also web results from Bing including concert tickets, news about the tour and other web results—annotated with Facebook Likes and Shares. We think this is a powerful combination.
The blog added that the Bing search results on Facebook's Graph Search will appear on the left-hand side of the search page. It also said that Microsoft and Facebook will continue to develop their new search partnership "over the next several weeks."
Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked more about why they picked Bing over the largest search engine service Google. Engadget reports that, according to Zuckerberg, "The main thing is that when people share something on Facebook, we want to give them the ability to broadcast things, but also retract them later, and have them be removed immediately. Microsoft was more willing to do things specific to Facebook."
Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft