Today Facebook announced it is to take on the likes of Google and other search engine sites with the launch of Graph Search, enabling users to search for content within the site.  Whilst only in beta stage at the moment, plans are to roll it out globally. You can read the full release here.

The first version of Graph Search focuses on four main areas — people, photos, places, and interests.

  1. People: “friends who live in my city,” “people from my hometown who like hiking,” “friends of friends who have been to Yosemite National Park,” “software engineers who live in San Francisco and like skiing,” “people who like things I like,” “people who like tennis and live nearby”
  2. Photos: “photos I like,” “photos of my family,” “photos of my friends before 1999,” “photos of my friends taken in New York,” “photos of the Eiffel Tower”
  3. Places: “restaurants in San Francisco,” “cities visited by my family,” “Indian restaurants liked by my friends from India,” “tourist attractions in Italy visited by my friends,” “restaurants in New York liked by chefs,” “countries my friends have visited”
  4. Interests: “music my friends like,” “movies liked by people who like movies I like,” “languages my friends speak,” “strategy games played by friends of my friends,” “movies liked by people who are film directors,” “books read by CEOs”

You can watch a video of the official launch here.