The battle for the best social search is on. The social giant Facebook and Search giant Google have both made significant steps to make search on both sites better and more refined for users.

Facebook on Wednesday announced in a status update on Facebook’s wall that the company is improving the social media site’s search methodology, a move designed to enable users to more easily locate the results they are seeking.

The new search design eliminated the tabs format, lets administrators interact via the Facebook Page identity, highlights news based on interest not chronology, and moved photos to the top of the page — correlates with the social media network’s newer, streamlined design, the company said.

“We’re improving Search on Facebook to make it even easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Similar types of your search results will now be listed in their respective sections, organizing the Pages, Groups, and people you care the most about,” the developer said on its Facebook wall. “Look for the new results soon as you type in the search box.”

Google however announced today that:

social search results will now be mixed throughout your results based on their relevance (in the past they only appeared at the bottom). This means you’ll start seeing more from people like co-workers and friends, with annotations below the results they’ve shared or created. So if you’re thinking about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and your colleague Matt has written a blog post about his own experience, then we’ll bump up that post with a note and a picture:

Google has also added notes for links people have shared on Twitter and other sites. Now, if someone you’re connected to has publicly shared a link, we may show that link in your results with a clear annotation (which is visible only to you, and only when you’re signed in). You can also connect accounts privately in your Google Account.

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