Help with a career search: Your Facebook network may be bigger than you think, given how much gets shared with friends of friends, and Graph Search lets you sift through all of that data. So, if you’re looking for a job in a particular field or city, you could search for “friends of friends who are lawyers” to find some contacts. You could also look for a particular company name to find a contact there. But etiquette dictates that you ask your mutual friend for permission before sending his or her friend a Facebook message.
Find a date: Company chief executive Mark Zuckerberg highlighted this option in Tuesdays press conference, according to a report from VentureBeat. Since Facebook allows users to post whether they’re married, single, in a relationship or romantically “complicated” entanglements, you could run a query for “friends of friends who are single and like mountain biking.” Voilà -- instant date prospect. This could also prove to be an invaluable tool for busybody matchmakers.
Take a nostalgic look back: Heading down memory lane? Photo searches can reveal pictures of your alma mater within a certain time period. Or you can look for photos that folks have posted of themselves as kids by typing in a search for pictures taken before a certain year. As with other queries, you can stack terms in photo searches, so you could also look for photos of a certain place at a certain time. If you’re ready to go back to the future, you can also get ideas for where to go on your next trip by perusing other people’s vacation snaps.
Find a good read: You can look up books your friends like, or be more specific in your query: “books my friends who like War and Peace like.” You can also use this tool to find books that people in certain professions or areas of the country are reading.
Organize a pickup game: If you’re feeling restless, why not search for friends nearby who like the same sport you do — soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee, whatever — and organize a quick pickup game. The same goes for users seeking running buddies, biking companions or — why not? — chess partners or fans of the same co-op video game.