How Many People Use Facebook's Search Engine vs. Google, Yahoo, & MSN?

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Hey Warriors, I just wanted to know how many searches does Facebook's search
function get compared to that of Google,Yahoo and MSN.
#engine #facebook #google #msn #people #search #yahoo
  • Profile picture of the author Annie0207
    It is very difficult to compare Facebook's Search Engine vs Google, Yahoo and MSN.
    Facebook's Search Engine has been release for a short time.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrIMVO
      Has anyone come across any data or methods that spell out how the facebook search results listing is determined? Or better yet, how to find the sweet spot of search/competition like we all do with google?

      I have a hard time believing the results are just 1. who your have already 'liked' ..then 2. all the others in no specific order.

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  • Profile picture of the author PhiladelphiaSeo
    I never use it. And I never use YouTube as a search engine either unless I am looking for a technical how to. Never to find a business or anything. I use Google to search and thats it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ericafath
    Personally, I've used FB search twice in the past week - I was looking for dry cleaner in my neighborhood and I was trying to find info on a local event so I went to FB for both .. and found them both.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    I use Google and Copernic. I only use FB search when I'm looking to see if someone is on FB.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chrismiksen
    Google only here. I haven't found FB very useful -- at least for my searches.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
      I can't imagine going to Facebook for the purpose of using it as a search engine. I'm no Google fanboy, but I consider it to be the best tool for search nonetheless.
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  • I have tried using Fb for search and found pretty crap unless im looking for an individual and I feel the way that most people search e.g a potetial customer for a plumber whos boiler has just broken will use Google and any of the other seach engines over Fb evertime
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  • Profile picture of the author littledan
    It is hard to say exactly but just to give you a few ideas, check out these stats;

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    • Facebook status updates: 700 per second
    • Twitter tweets: 600 per second
    • Buzz posts: 55 per second
    And compared to searches

    • Google: 34,000 searches per second
    • Yahoo: 3,200 searches per second
    • Bing: 927 searches per second
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    • Profile picture of the author scottsdaleins
      Originally Posted by littledan View Post

      It is hard to say exactly but just to give you a few ideas, check out these stats;

      Updates/Posts
      • Facebook status updates: 700 per second
      • Twitter tweets: 600 per second
      • Buzz posts: 55 per second
      And compared to searches

      • Google: 34,000 searches per second
      • Yahoo: 3,200 searches per second
      • Bing: 927 searches per second

      Thanks for the info, can you tell me where did you get these numbers from?? I'm sure you didn't just make these up off the top of your head.
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  • Profile picture of the author Illuminart
    Oh c'mon! Since when did Facebook became a search engine? Yes, they have their own algos when ranking search results but it only covers stuff that we can only find on Facebook. It's very limited compared to Google's billions of web pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Tan
    facebook is not a search engine at all and i don't think it ever will be
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    • Profile picture of the author MrIMVO
      Certainly Google is getting the vast majority of searches today but Facebook will be gaining search share as time goes on. If Facebook becomes known for using 'my likes and my friends likes' in the search return than folks will search for services within Facebook knowing that the results will include services their friends have used (essentially a testimonial).

      Also, since people spend so much time on facebook, when a search event happens they may just decide to search from where they already are, as opposed to going to Google for the search.

      It may take years before people adapt the habit of Facebook search or it may never happen. In the meantime, I'm betting that Facebook will continue to tweak it's search algorithm to provide the results that their users are searching for.

      So the question remains - what IS that algorithm?
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