Recently Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco that the company already does 1 billion queries a day in search despite the fact they were not even trying to make search work for their users currently.
He added that the search currently on Facebook was related to people trying to find people, brand pages, business pages, apps,etc. and agreed to the fact that there is a big opportunity there and some point of time they will go for it. Zuckerberg also mentioned that the company has a team of engineers working on it but cleverly did not disclose the number of engineers in the team.
Analyzing search behavior further, Zuckerberg said that legacy run search engines work on keywords but people basically want answers to their questions and Facebook is quite well equipped to offer those answers like:
“ What sushi restaurants have my friends been to in New York? ”
“ Which friends of mine work at a certain company ?”
If Facebook tries to work out a system to answer such queries then it has a potential to do well for such search queries compared to other search sites. He did not have anything specific to announce but the intention of working on search was clearly indicated.
With social and search integration search engines like Google and Bing are trying to work and improve their social media site Google+ and create a win-win situation for themselves and Facebook on the other hand is trying to work on the search side and improve from the search angle after being the numero uno for social media.
Related Article For More Information: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-09-13/strategy/33816046_1_social-search-search-engine-social-network