Monday, January 21, 2013

Facebook Graph Search – The Future of Search

facebook graph search

Facebook Graph Search can’t go unnoted; it is a game changer.

What’s new?  Graph search unlike web search (which is based on keyword search), is trying to understand how people, places and things relate to one another rather than match words to any text. In other words, we can search for people, places, pictures or interests that are on Facebook (...what’s not on Facebook) with specific criteria (intersect people, places and things).  For example: “friends who have been to Paris”, “people who like things I like”, “Indian restaurants in New York liked by friends from India”.  Super cool, right?

Why is it so powerful? because Facebook transforms into a discovery engine.  With over 1 billion users that’s a lot of information right there, we can actually make use of all this data, it is mind blowing.  Think of all the possibilities, look up restaurants by locals or chefs recommendations, fun places to visit by friends or family, movies by experts, meet new people by interest, workplace, location, etc. (huge for professional networking and dating).

What are the problems?  I hear a lot “Like is not really used as a recommendation”, true, but now we know it is; like is the new recommendation, soon enough we’ll adapt, at the end of the day we want to make sure our recommendations count. That said recommendations can be tricky;   we still read the reviews before choosing a hotel, restaurant or a dentist. (cheap is not always good), we need the context, not just the number of likes.  We do trust our friends, just not necessarily their taste in food or music… plus we don’t share so much negative reviews on Facebook (we don’t share enough of anything).  The burning problem is privacy; it is still a big concern (managing what we share with whom, really?)

Privacy aside, we want to make sure our profile has all the information needed to be found in the largest people directory ever.  (Is Linked-in a thing of the past?)

One more thing, make sure you Like Symbolab on Facebook, it is the best equation search engine after all :)


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Symbolab to the rescue, k12 Edition

k12 math

Whether you are a student struggling with Math, or just want to learn more,  Symbolab is the tool for you.   Type in an equation (real simple with the scientific pad), you will instantly get back step by step solutions, graphs, and cool sites that explain in more detail the concept behind the specific equation.  

We’ve added sources tailored for k12 such as Dr Math, CK-12, Math is Fun, S.O.S. Math, IXL and more.  Make sure you check other sources as well like Kahn Academy (Video), Yahoo Answers (Forum), Example Problem (Step-by-Step), Wikipedia (Encyclopedia).

Before you jump in, let’s walk through some examples: 

Solving simple equations (click here):


Factoring and plotting (click here):


Understanding & solving quadratic equations (click here):


2x^2-3x+2=1 steps

Click here to start. And stay tuned for more cool upcoming features


Monday, January 7, 2013

Symbolab Spring Collection

Are you ready for spring semester? Because we are.

Symbolab spring

We’ve added quite a few features recently and can’t wait to share it all with you.

Solution Steps

In addition to complementing search results with solution and plot, we now walk you through the solution step by step.  So for every equation you search for you get a solution with step by step explanation.  Currently, solution steps are available for expression simplification and limits.  Stay tuned for updates on upcoming solution steps.

Take a look at this example (click here):

Symbolab Solution Steps example

Step-by-Step Category

Not only we’ve added Solution Steps, we are introducing a new category “Step by Step”.  There are some excellent resources on the web with detailed explanation of how to solve math problems.  Simply by searching for a specific equation, you can now get the solution you are looking for. Isn’t that a great feature!

For example (click here):

Symbolab Step-by-Step Category

To attend to k12 students and teachers, we’ve added a new k12 category, covering top k12 sites such as Dr. Math, CK-12, Math is Fun, S.O.S. Math, IXL and more.

For example (click here):

Symbolab k12

We hope that you find the new features exciting and helpful as we do.  Please keep sending us feedback, and thank you for helping us improve our site!

Happy and Prosperous 2013 from all of us at Symbolab,