Jun 15, 2010

“Unsocial” - FAST Search for SharePoint 2010

I’ve just noticed that FAST Search is not able to crawl social tags. Social tags are tags created with the Tags & Note board. Social tags are different from Enterprise Keywords (managed tags). Enterprise Keywords will be persisted with the list item itself in the Content DB and social tags will be persisted in the Profile DB. Though FAST Search is able to crawl managed tags pretty well, it doesn't support social tags at the moment. In turn the SharePoint Server OOB Search supports both. This a feature restriction of FAST Search. Microsoft’s edition comparison sheet suggests that there is only a plus, but this isn’t the truth for any particular case. I really miss the social tag crawling in FAST Search. Social tagging in combination with a great search like FAST would be a huge benefit for companies. Now I’ve three options:
  1. Use the OOB Search and miss all the great FAST Search features
  2. Use FAST and miss the social tag crawling and refinement
  3. Wait for third party tools…
FAST Search for “I like it”:
OOB Search for “I like it”:

There isn’t always a plus - that’s life!