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Why Facebook’s ‘Graph Search’ Is a gamechanger

Facebook, of all platforms, has revolutionized search as we know it. Yesterday, Facebook announced ‘Graph Search’, a new feature that helps us find people, places and things—and explore Facebook in a whole new way.

‘Graph Search’ pushes Facebook well beyond the social networking realm. It’s a place to socialize and manage connections.

Eliminate the newsfeed, the goofy photos, snarky comments, and over-use of the ‘Like Button’, and it’s all about connections.

Now, smart search will allow us to traverse connections, allow us to sort connections, and allow us to connect with a greater amount of people in different types of ways.

Foursquare grows to 15m users

Foursquare has announced that it has grown to 15m users, more than tripling its community in the last 12 months.

The location-based gaming platform says that half of its users are in the
US, while the other half are international, as reported by ClickZ.

This marks a year of strong growth for Foursquare, during which it secured $50m of venture capital funding  that put a value of around $600m on the company.

Facebook hires team behind Gowalla

After days of speculation, Facebook has confirmed that it has hired Gowalla cofounders Josh Williams and Scott Raymond.

The pair, who founded the location based social networking site in Texas, will move to California to join Facebook’s design and engineering team in January along with other Gowalla employees.

Facebook said in a statement that it isn’t acquiring the Gowalla service or technology, but was sure that “that the inspiration behind Gowalla will make its way into Facebook over time”.