Facebook has been given a patent for “curated search.” The idea Facebook has it to deliver search results based on information grabbed from their users. According to the simple abstract from the patent:
Search results, including sponsored links and algorithmic search results, are generated in response to a query, and are marked based on frequency of clicks on the search results by members of social network who are within a predetermined degree of separation from the member who submitted the query. The markers are visual tags and comprise either a text string or an image.
Interestingly, the patent was originally filed by Friendster. Last year, Facebook bought Friendster’s patents and patent applications.