Facebook Quietly Testing Searchable Business-Referral Service
The social network now enables search of its own membership's commentary and personal pages to offer business referrals on a local and/or regional basis.Facebook is testing out a challenge to old-timers Angie's List, Yelp and others with a new searchable service-referral directory called Facebook Services. The social network now enables search of its own membership's commentary and personal pages to offer business referrals on a local and/or regional basis. Facebook Services is only available on desktop at this time. In its mobile app, Facebook has a similar feature it calls Nearby Places, which helps users find locations only. Categories such as event planning, pet services, medical and health, arts and marketing, automotive and business services were among the first to be listed on the new service, which was quietly launched only recently and first spotted by the India-based Web design and development site Acodez.
The idea is to help Facebook members to find and use local businesses based on the best Facebook reviews and ratings.