There have been rumours abound that Facebook wants to challenge the largest search engine and become one itself. When Mark Zuckerberg launched Graph Search, he acknowledged that it was part of the social network’s long-term strategy to become a source of information. The company taking over TheFind.com may also be seen as a step towards this direction.
There are many things that work in the favour of Facebook, and its index of data is larger than for any search engine. Currently, the company is working on developing a search function that could also be made available on mobile devices.
It is intended to allow users to ask for advice and get solutions using voice recognition.
Until that comes into force, Facebook seems to be on an acquisition spree as part of its “search” expansion. After acquiring TheFind.com, Facebook said that the move was part of its plan to deliver better user experience.
TheFind is a unique search engine that focuses only on the shopping world. It indexes product from across different ecommerce sites.
The company was established in 2006 and specialising in discovery shopping search. The Mountain View, California based company is funded by Bain Capital, Lightspeed Venture, Cambrian Ventures and Redpoint Ventures.
Facebook will have its team working together with TheFind team to integrate technology. The unique search engine’s search database comprise of more than 0.5 billion products from half a million online and offline stores.