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Syrian student develops Facebook Instant

Facebook Instant uses Google Instant for Facebook search

Syrian student develops Facebook Instant
Facebook Instant allows rapid search of Facebook pages and content.

A UAE-based student has harnessed the power of Google's new Instant search to create a new ‘instant' search for Facebook.

Mohamad Nour, a third year student from Syria, studying at Dubai's Al Ghurair University, created Facebook Instant, using the Facebook application platform and Google Instant to deliver rapid search for the social networking site.

The user logs in to the Facebook Instant page, http://www.fbinstant.net/, using their Facebook details, and is then able to type in search terms and instantly see suggestions. Results link directly to Facebook, delivering searches of Facebook pages, events, wall posts, comments, status changes and more.

Facebook Instant using javascript and ajax calls to the Facebook server, to access data, and because the user needs to login to their existing Facebook, the results do not compromise privacy. The site is still in beta at present, and Nour says he intends to add more features in future, including additional language interfaces. He also hopes to address a slight lag in the Facebook API request time which takes an approximate 426ms, which, as a minimum of three requests are sent to Facebook servers each time, can results in a lag of a second or two.

Interest in the site has grown rapidly, with it rising to around 900,000 in the Alexa site rankings, from 24 millionth two days before. Noor also reports that he has had enquiries in buying the site.

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