Popular social network Facebook expanded the scope of its service as it has started showing results from around the web ranked by ‘likes’ from users’ friends on the site.
When a user inputs a query into the Facebook search field, any article related to that query that someone in the user’s network has liked will be included.
Facebook’s move is being seen as an encroachment into Google’s territory as Facebook is primarily a social networking site and search is Google’s main business.
But, on using the new feature it was found that one item with mere 32 likes trumped another with more than 100 likes. It appears that the feature has been designed to classify items based on how many times a users liked the result, rather than anything else.
Meanwhile, crawling in Google's Insights for Search (IFS) section shows that over the last week internet related terms dominated Google's search, and Facebook again comes ahead of Youtube, Hotmail, Ebay and BBC.
"Facebook. com" is the only tech related term in the top 10 of rising searches in the UK, which shows that people are not worried about privacy on the biggest social networking site.
"Facebook. com" is the only tech related term found in the top ten of increasing searches in Britain, the fact that can be used to conclude that people are still using Google's search field as their address bar.