Facebook Feature To Replace Google Search For News Items

Facebook Feature To Replace Google Search For News Items
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Facebook, the social media giant, is curious enough to enter the search engine industry. If reports are to be believed, the company is testing an in-app feature that will work as a search engine that might replace Google search.


With more people posting links on Facebook, the company is positive about implementing a search button that will help people search keyword-related news.

The in-app search option is currently available for iOS users. The “Add a Link” button is visible alongside the “Add Photo or Location” options. All you need to do is enter your query and you will be shown matching links.

You will be able to share the search results as your status using a one-tap action. Results are ranked according to popularity among users, though the mechanism behind finding the news is not yet known.

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According to TechCrunch, the trial is currently available for a small group of users in USA. There are trillions of links being posted in the social network site, the data of which belongs to Facebook, while Google does not have access to such.

More than 25% of referral traffic is delivered from link-sharing, and this is a feature that can take this legacy further.

As reported earlier, Facebook is all set to publish news from several publishers on their news feed and share ad revenue with them, making the business more comprehensive and viable.