Rumors abound what Facebook could be showing off today. Some speculate there's enhanced search, which Facebook has lacked as compared to the more advanced search functions on Twitter. There's long been rumors of a possible "Facebook phone"
Facebook's stock rose above $32 yesterday for the first time since last July in anticipation for the announcement.
What are your guesses for what Facebook is announcing today?
"This is the first big announcement we have at our new campus." - Zuckerberg
"Our mission is to make the world more open and connected, we do this by giving people tools so they can map out the stories of their lives." - Zuckerberg
"We believe in this concept called the social graph, sum of all these connections." - Zuckerberg
"That map can be the basis for all kinds of services." - Zuckerberg
"Two kinds of services: making new connections, staying connected." - Zuckerberg
"Back to the beginning, before News Feed, the way people used Facebook was to browse around and discover new things in their network." - Zuckerberg
Today is about "making new connections" - Zuckerberg
"Three pillars of Facebook ecosystem: first one, what's going on with people around me?" - Zuckerberg
"Second pillar: Timeline, tell me something about this person"
"Today we're going to talk about the third pillar. Is it things my friends like? That can be useful. Is it photos of friends doing things? What about places my friends have been to or liked?"
"What's more interesting than any of these things is giving people power and tools to take any cut of the graph that they want."
"We are not indexing the web. We are indexing our map of the graph, which is really big and constantly changing. Almost a million new people every day. 240 billion photos. 1 billion people. 1 trillion connections"
"Friend connections, locations, likes, comments, tags, it all adds up to indexing all this content and making it so you can retrieve it instantaneously is a really hard technical problem"
"It gets harder than this. The search we wanted to built is privacy aware."
"Every piece of content on Facebook has its own audience, makes graph search very challenging to build"
"You want a search tool that can help you get access to things people have shared with you."
"To give you a sense of how much work this is, already today across all our data centers 10% of CPU capacity is spent computing privacy checks"
"That gives you a sense of how seriously we take letting people share with who they want"
"Let's talk about the difference between web search and graph search""
"Graph Search is designed to show you THE ANSWER and not links to answers"
"One of big design problems we have to solve is that how do we make it so people can ask these questions in a natural and intuitive way?"
"If every screen of Facebook product you have a title at the top and content that matches that title, why shouldn't you just be able to edit the title of the page and in doing so edit the content that's on the screen dynamically?"
"My immediate reaction is that it's awesome, but it's impossible."
People, places, photos and interests will be the main items you can search to start. Zuckerberg says this is still in 'beta'
So you could find "friends who live in Palo Alto who like Game of Thrones" — if you want to have a viewing party.
"Results are ranked by people you care the most about; the rest are sorted by mutual friends and other signals in the Facebook system."
"What better way to find places to go than to see what places friends have been to and what they've liked."