Facebook is rolling out a major update to its search feature this week that allows you to search your friends’ posts. With this new update you can tap the knowledge of others on Facebook much more easily. Previously when you searched a term on Facebook the results showed Pages, photos, places and interests. Now when you search a term on Facebook you can also find results in others’ posts.
And they can find yours.
Facebook will be giving you easier access to the information contained in posts. Whoever can see what you post on Facebook can now search and see results from your posts.
This new search feature is rolling out on English-speaking accounts on the Web and in its iPhone/iPad app. The Android version will be released after this feature has been put through the paces by the iOS users.
How to Use Facebook’s New Search Feature
Not every Facebook account has this feature yet. First, look to see whether your account has this new feature. Type in a keyword your friends might have posted about, such as “recipes”, and look for a notice to appear under the search bar.
If your screen looks like this, you have the new feature:
If you don’t have this feature yet, your screen might look like this:
If you don’t have the feature, wait until it rolls out to your account. If you do have the feature, then click on the information you’re looking for. You’ll be shown tabs with options. You can search:
“More” includes Places, Groups, Apps and Events.
Examples of Facebook Post Searches
Have you ever seen a Facebook post and then wanted to find it later? Maybe you’re looking for your new favorite book and you can’t remember which friends just recommended one. Search for “books” to find your friends’ posts about books.
Perhaps you remember that a friend of yours posted a recipe for a Grinch cocktail and now you want to make it.
You can find out more details, see more examples and try the search feature on the Facebook Search page.
Facebook Post Search Feature in the iOS App
As mentioned above, Facebook’s new post search feature is also rolling out in its iOS app for iPhone and iPad. You can check to see if you have it by opening up your Facebook app and searching for a word your friends use in their posts. If you have the update, your search results will include your friends’ posts:
If you don’t yet have the feature on your iDevice, your search results may look like this:
Value of This New Search Feature
The value of this new search feature is directly related to what your friends post on Facebook. If your friends are awesome (as mine are) and post interesting information (as my friends do), this new search feature will give you access to a treasure trove of cool stuff which makes this huge news!
If your friends are awesome but only post Facebook updates of what they had for breakfast or of their hamster Ignatius learning a Stupid Pet Trick, then this update won’t be as valuable to you and this news isn’t very exciting. If your Facebook friends aren’t awesome, well, I’m just plain sorry about that.
Rethinking What You Post
Even if you don’t have this update yet, you should consider that your posts will now be searchable by anyone who can see your posts. You may want to review your Facebook posts to make sure that you’re okay with them being easily found in searches. There is no time limit to the search results, posts will appear from when you first opened your Facebook account if they match the search term.
If you want your posts to be found, you may want to include relevant keywords to help your posts be included in your friends’ search results. If you don’t want your posts to be found, perhaps you should delete them to avoid them showing up in search results.
Rethinking Your Privacy Settings
You may also want to review your privacy settings to check on who can see your posts because those are the same people who will be able to search your posts. Err on the side of keeping your posts private to your friends. Think of employers, university admissions officers, frenemies etc. who can search your posts more easily now.
This video from Facebook shows you how this new search feature works and how to change your privacy settings:
and watch this video from Facebook explaining the update to its search features:
Do you have Facebook’s new search feature yet? Have you found any helpful posts from your friends? Will you be rethinking what you post on Facebook? Let us know in the Comments section below!