Live Search comes to Facebook with custom search page

By Kip Kniskern | Posted October 7, 2008 2 comments

Mashable just spotted the new implementation of Live Search integrated into Facebook.  According to Mashable:

The implementation is fairly straightforward: in the search box on the top right of Facebook, which is also used for quick access to your friends’ profiles and intrasite search, there is now an option to “Search the Web,” which in turn triggers a query of Microsoft Live Search. Results then display within a custom interface designed for Facebook.

Satya Nadella announced the upcoming feature in July, although no timetable was given at that time.  Branding on the new Facebook search page is understated, to say the least, with no indication until you begin a search that web search is available, and only a small text link to Live Search itself for “advanced” search.  It also doesn’t appear from first glance that Facebook has included any of the search verticals like Image, Maps, or Video, which could be accessed from the Live Search page, opening a new window.


UPDATE: Here’s the Live Search blog post on “Live Search “friends” Facebook”, which includes a link to the Facebook blog, although Facebook doesn’t appear to have actually posted yet at the time of this writing.


Posted October 7th, 2008 at 9:08 pm
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Facebook, Live Search
  • tophtucker

    “Find out more about the Facebook team’s first implementation of Live Search…”

    “This is the first step in giving you the ability to find content from across the web while using Facebook…”

    “We think there is the potential for much more and we’re working on a number of other new ways to leverage all the web has to offer….”

    They obviously realize the possibilities of a good social network + good search–they’re just not there yet. I hope they get there….

    They should index all images so you can search by description, comments, or tags. Same goes for videos, etc. It could adopt digg-style rankings, or items yours friends have shared should show up in search results, at least. When you go to Friends, there could be a VE-powered map of where all your friends are in the world. And VE maps could be embedded into event pages and could show local points of interest. Etc., etc., etc…

  • nutterguy

    Also not available outside the US….