Two former employees of Google, the brains behind “Graph Search” on Facebook

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Two former employees of Google, the brains behind "Graph Search" on Facebook

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Screenshot of how the product looks when performing certain question

The new internal search of Facebook, the “Graph Search”, a service that is based on the information they share everyday users d the largest social network in the world, has been created by former employees of Google.

Mark Zuckerberg said on the day of its release that although the system is supported by the Microsoft search engine, Bing, would have loved to work with Google. The truth is that “Zuck”-so called-Facebook employees did not need to search Google because it has for more than two years working on this product for two former employees of this giant, Lars Rasmussen Eilstrup and Tom Stocky .

Two former employees of Google, the brains behind "Graph Search" on Facebook

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Profile picture of Rasmussen

Rasmussen, a Dane raised in Australia, educated at the University of Berkeley and began working at Google in 2004. According to information in your Facebook profile , was a m ember of the Google technology equipment . He was co-author of Google Maps , a position he held until 2007 and in 2008 undertook the project not as successful Google Wave, a kind of social network to share documents that failed. In his biography on this project which aims “at least” tried “. In 2010 let the search engine and Facebook tab for the post of Director of Engineering.

Two former employees of Google, the brains behind "Graph Search" on Facebook

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Stocky , graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he served as product manager at Google from 2005-2011, according to his profile on Facebook. Among some of the products that has been in charge are Google Reader (Google’s RSS aggregator), engine applications, and custom searches. He joined Google in 2011 and in July for Facebook with the same charge. Before being with the form “Graph Search” was responsible for the ‘News Feed’ (news) that appear in the “timeline” of a user. Both were presented by Mark Zuckerberg at the launch of ‘Graph Search “ and these were responsible for explaining the operation of the product.

Connection 1,000,000,000,000

Rasmussen explained on the Facebook blog that although this network already has a search engine in 2011 Zuckerberg asked his engineers to build a new system that could recreate “the ability to search within the whole social diagram” of Facebook. He and other students accepted the challenge, therefore, for the difficulty since according to the data presented, this network has 1,000 million users who share more than240,000 million photos and that together form the colossal figure of1,000. 000,000,000 connections of different types.

“Every day thousands of people share millions of new content and Graph Search requires indexing within seconds of that publication, “Rasmussen wrote. The engineering team leader said that when he was introduced to “Zuck” the prototype of this project said “never” would work but if they succeeded it would be “incredible”.

In 2012 began testing among employees of Facebook and made ​​public in January 2013. However the ‘ Graph Search “ still in its infancy and the beta version can only be used by some U.S. users requesting the service.

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