May 27, 2022

Facebook Once Again Allows Users to Search for Specific Posts

From Search Engine Land:

The company today announced an update to Facebook Search that will make it possible to find that thread congratulating you on your new job, the hilarious comment you made about Walking Dead last month or the selfie you took with the bride at your best friend’s wedding last year.

It’s what Facebook said has been the number one feature request since it rolled out Facebook Graph Search in January 2013, which killed the previous post searching ability. It returns that ability, though more modest in ambition than Facebook once promised. You can only find posts from yourself, those you follow or which have been shared with you.


“Usually when you think about information retrieval, it’s all about matching content to queries or content to intent,” Facebook’s vice president of search Tom Stocky told Search Engine Land, “but what we found is that on Facebook people care as much if not more about who is posting the content as they do about what the actual content is.”

Read the Complete Blog Post (Includes Examples of Searching For Posts)

See Also: Updates to Facebook Search (via Facebook Newsroom)

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