• Hi Sean,

    Thanks for the feedback!

    1. About Facebook permissions: there’s a reason for every permission we ask, and it’s to provide users with a better social search experience. For examples, “photos” are needed to provide results of pictures that you or your friends might have posted on Facebook and that would be related to a specific search query. It also puts a name to a face when you browse the results.

    Here’s an example of how we use photos to make social results by location look better in Google: http://blog.wajam.com/2011/09/wajam-places-organizes-your-friends-recommendations-by-location/

    Also, adding Facebook as a source is not mandatory and you will definitely get some value out of other sources (such as Twitter).

    2. Search Quality: we’re aware that search relevancy can be improved, and that’s exactly what we are working on. What you’re looking for (“rank results in accordance with the searcher”) is actually one of our ongoing projects— we are working on a better search algorithm and are implementing better machine learning with social signals and semantics that improves the results on the fly. It’s obviously very hard to do and is still not perfect, but we think we’ve got a good start so far.

    There are limits to artificial intelligence, and that’s why we provide you with options where you can yourself filter results by friends, relevancy and time: http://blog.wajam.com/2011/09/how-to-sort-your-social-search-results-with-wajam/

    By combining semantic search with interest profiling and also providing you with manual options to filter the search results, Wajam’s the easiest way for you to search and discover what your friends share with you every day.

  • I will agree with Sean on the point that Wajam asking for deep Face Book access. How do we come to know if our Face Book’s privacy has compromised with Wajam. Besides being a search engine why it’s integrating it into Social Media Accounts of the user.

    That’s simple if Wajam can read your personal information from social media accounts then it will definitely show the result of the person whom you’re too much in contact or whom you talk too much. Placing that person on top of the result is not a new thing since Wajam is only grabbing that result from social media account.

    Doesn’t make any sense to me.

    @Sean Thanks for the valuable information you’ve shared. I’ll be exploring more on Wajam & let you know if I find something really interesting in it which bothers me to use it.

    • Hi Dennis,
      I’m not surprised we share the same thoughts when it comes to Facebook Wajam access requirements. Please do tell me if you have further findings about it and we can share it with the Wajam team to help them out with improving their social search.

  • Thanks for the feedback Dennis!

    To answer your concerns, Wajam is only indexing the links and photos your friends share. It isn’t indexing wall posts or chats, and it isn’t looking at personal social information (i.e. who you talk to most) to rank results.

    We’re grabbing content, not analyzing your social interactions. We’re simply making it easier for you to fetch content from your social network.

    I encourage you to try searching for past links that your friends have shared with you on Facebook about a subject you’re interested in— you’ll find that it’s currently hard and time consuming, if not impossible, to do. That’s what we’re working on solving.

    Alain Wong
    community manager at Wajam