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Facebook As A Social Search Engine And The Implications For Libraries ...

Facebook as a social search engine and the implications for libraries in the twenty-first century / Mark-Shane Scale

Library Hi Tech / 2008 / 26 (4) / pp. 540 - 556 / DOI: 10.1108/0737883081092088


The primary objectives of this research paper are to explore the concept of social search, evaluate the performance of Facebook as a social search engine, and to understand the relationship between social networking sites (SNS) and social search. The author's intention is to examine the possibility that Facebook presents as the future of on-line search and the implications for libraries.


This study reviews the literature on SNSs, Facebook studies, and the concept of social search. It then explores Facebook as a social search engine through participant observation, personal experience and experiment. [snip]


Facebook as a people search engine, yields irrelevant results in response to search queries for unknown persons or groups. Facebook may also fail to provide timely and relevant results when attempting to get information from persons with whom the user has a weak relationship. [snip]

The findings are relevant for library and information science academics and professional practitioners.


The author provides an approach for evaluating the quality of information retrieval in social search using the traditional information retrieval evaluation methods of library and information scientists. [snip]

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1 comment: said...

I find this article very interesting and easy to read. It has also been very helpful for my personal research!