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Facebook rolls out new feature for locating businesses online

Houston: Social network giant Facebook has quietly launched a new desktop-only feature on its site which allows users to find highest-rated local businesses based on customer reviews, entering in direct competition with companies like Yelp and Angie's List.

Facebook Professional Services feature enables users to make searches for categories ranging from Arts and Entertainment down to finding plumbers, dentists, pharmacies, photographers, beauty salons, pizza places and so on.

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Though Facebook has not officially made any declarations, the new feature was first noted last Wednesday by Sreedev Sharma, an Indian Social Media Manager at Acodez IT Solutions, a leading web design and development company in India.

Sharma, who wrote a short post about the feature, said, 'we are quite unsure of the exact date, when it was first unrolled!'. Sharma then sent his findings to Search Engine Land, which reported it Monday.

The webpage for the new feature, which reads 'Find local businesses with the best Facebook reviews and ratings', can be accessed through the URL, 'www.facebook.com/services'. There are no direct links to the feature from Facebook's homepage or its mobile apps.

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