Is Better Searching Coming to Facebook in Time to Tackle Twitter?
Facebook debuts new and improved search engine features to a small fraction of its 200 million users, even as the comparisons to Twitter's real-time tweeting continues. Adding search will be an application development coup for Facebook, but users will still likely use Twitter for snackable content and Facebook for longer, more comfortable social networking. Meanwhile, the TweetDeck Twitter desktop client comes to the iPhone.Facebook, chided by spoiled Twitter fans for its inability to let users search content in real time, said June 16 it is testing the latest version of Facebook Search for a fraction of a percent of the people on Facebook. The lucky batch of people will see new layouts for search results on people's profiles, Facebook Pages, groups and applications. Facebook engineer Kari Lee wrote in a blog post that:
"With the test, you will be able to search your News Feed for the most recent status updates, photos, links, videos and notes being shared by your friends and the Facebook Pages of which you're a fan. You will also be able to search for status updates, posted links and notes in Search from people who have chosen to make their profile and content available to everyone. As always, you can control what content you're sharing by editing your privacy settings here."
Facebook, on the other hand, can offer more than 140 characters and a link in its results. Being able to see results in a number of ways - photos, videos, and so on - offers deeper insight into the topic being searched... Just because Twitter had the jump start is no reason for Facebook to back off and let it become the de facto source for what's being said in real-time.Indeed, people continue to be atwitter about Twitter, which grabbed many headlines for delaying downtime in the wake of Iranian election protests. Applications piggybacking on Twitter are also feeling the love. TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop client that aims to be a personal browser for connecting users with their contacts across Twitter, Facebook and other sites, launched its iPhone app.