Facebook has removed Bing as its primary search provider with the intent of announcing plans of introducing its own search tool.
A Facebook spokesperson, in explaining the company’s plans, said, “We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook. We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft of lots of different areas.”
In other words, this search tool will allow Facebook users to filter for old comments as well as information from their friends.
Apart from Interest Graph, Facebook has been building its own search products while using Bing as an extra layer so as to keep its rival Google out of the system.
It’s not hard to see that search is a difficult space to work within and this is something that Facebook will face difficulties with, thanks to a closed networking with over a billion users as well as over a trillion posts.
Mark Zuckerberg recently said, on an analyst’s conference call, said that his engineers remind that Facebook is the biggest “web search corpus” on the internet.
There’s no doubt that this is a difficult but important hurdle for Facebook to overcome considering that it has been in our lives for over a decade while dominating (and recording) events in our lives for that duration.
With this content growing in leaps and bounds, it is crucial that search is tailored for this network going forward.