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Social recommendations have been a primary driver of real-world commerce for generations. But the rise of online reviews and social networking have made them the rival of traditional word of mouth in local. Social connections and online comments now form the raw material of a new generation of discovery tools and search algorithms. After years of discussion and speculation, social search is finally real with Graph Search, Foursquare and Google+. What is the current state of social search and how will it impact the future of local?