Zuckerberg: Facebook will build a search engine

There have been rumors for months that Facebook has been developing their own search engine technology. Today, the company's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to have confirmed those rumors in an interview conducted during the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.

The TechCrunch website reports that when asked about Facebook getting into the search business, Zuckerberg said, "Facebook is pretty uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have. At some point we’ll do it. We have a team working on it."

Zuckerberg said that Facebook is already generating a lot of search answers, saying " ... we’re basically doing 1 billion queries a day and we’re not even trying." He also feels that people want to get a specific answer to a search question, rather than a ton of difference choices. He added, "Search engines are really evolving to give you a set of answers, ‘I have a specific question, answer this question for me.'"

Zuckerberg didn't give any indication on when Facebook might launch its new technology. He also didn't say if Facebook investor Microsoft might be assisting the company with their search efforts. Microsoft's Bing service has been integrating results from Facebook accounts into its Bing search service for the past few months. In late August, it added being able to search through Facebook photo albums.

Source: TechCrunch
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well they have to do something to get investors more interested. He was saying he's disappointed in the stock price and how they haven't raised as much money as they'd like. But come on, $38 per share is ridiculously over valued. they must have been high on crack when they came up with this valuation! Even the current stock value is too high, in my opinion!

Seems like it could work well considering the amount of data Facebook actually has, I hope it doesn't invade privacy though by using data we put on our profiles, what pages we like etc.. meh it probably will. Wish I could just stop using Facebook, I don't post much there but I always go on it to see what people are up to.

SalmanPK said,
It will be built with PHP, right? ROFL. Good luck scaling it.

Facebook scales well? They have there own ways of going about things like Hiphop, which compiles PHP into C++.

SuperKid said,

Facebook scales well? They have there own ways of going about things like Hiphop, which compiles PHP into C++.


Facebook is plastered with bugs, don't know whether it's due to scaling or it just is the way it is...

I don't really give Facebook devs or the deciding project managers much trust in the area of quality.

GS:mac

SalmanPK said,
It will be built with PHP, right? ROFL. Good luck scaling it.

Facebook is a company that runs a website usually with 24/7 uptime and 1 billion users (yes, that's a "b").

Glassed Silver said,

Facebook is plastered with bugs, don't know whether it's due to scaling or it just is the way it is...

I don't really give Facebook devs or the deciding project managers much trust in the area of quality.

GS:mac


I'd love to see you do better.
Get ~500million-1billion active users and make such a vast website as facebook and keep it running 24/7 for at least a year.
I'd love some positive results

The Facebook site itself could use better search tools... like, how the hell do I search my timeline or activity log for something? Am I missing something or is it just not possible to search for a post that I made last year?

Shadrack said,
The Facebook site itself could use better search tools... like, how the hell do I search my timeline or activity log for something? Am I missing something or is it just not possible to search for a post that I made last year?

Completly agree. Facebook's search sucks.

derekaw said,
I think that facebook search would be a good second choice to the Google.
For the time being we already have a good Second choice and that's Bing. To many like me it has been a good first choice for a while so it all depends on your time using the product.

Comparing the queries Facebook does every day to those served up by search engines is childish at best. More importantly Facebook doesn't crawl for data, they only have the data entered into their system by users. While it has a decent amount of data, it's a tiny fraction of the internet.

$12 stock.

much like the rest of Facebook, it will be poorly coded, designed for advertisers only, and will **** off the Facebook community with unneeded design changes/features.

quote: "He also feels that people want to get a specific answer to a search question, rather than a ton of difference choices. He added, "Search engines are really evolving to give you a set of answers, ‘I have a specific question, answer this question for me.'"

unless its mathematical or statistical, wouldn't the answer they provide be an opinion to be truth? eg. Who was the greatest leader ever in the world? How do i make the best steak ever? Whats the best way to pick up girls?

rippleman said,
unless its mathematical or statistical, wouldn't the answer they provide be an opinion to be truth? eg. Who was the greatest leader ever in the world? How do i make the best steak ever? Whats the best way to pick up girls?

[Facebook Search] Results found for your queries:

Who was the greatest leader ever in the world? Mark Zuckerberg
How do I make the best steak ever? Hunt your own food
What's the best way to pick up girls? Use Facebook

rippleman said,
quote: "He also feels that people want to get a specific answer to a search question, rather than a ton of difference choices. He added, "Search engines are really evolving to give you a set of answers, ‘I have a specific question, answer this question for me.'"

unless its mathematical or statistical, wouldn't the answer they provide be an opinion to be truth? eg. Who was the greatest leader ever in the world? How do i make the best steak ever? Whats the best way to pick up girls?

No, he means that the questions are usually targeted to be answered in a certain format. Right now, you will receive answers in several different formats (users, pages, internet results, etc)

Enron said,

[Facebook Search] Results found for your queries:

Who was the greatest leader ever in the world? Mark Zuckerberg
How do I make the best steak ever? Hunt your own food
What's the best way to pick up girls? Use Facebook

pretty sure they wont make it like Siri and Apple.. lol

"‘I have a specific question, answer this question for me.'"
And if you get the wrong answer do you have to try, try, try, getting only one answer at a time?