Facebook improves search feature

By Justin Lafferty Comment


Facebook recently announced updates that makes search more intuitive.

The company has been working on ways for users to search for individual posts or topics, and now this is easier to do on mobile (at least on iPhone for now) and desktop. For instance, if you wanted to find posts or photos from a friend’s wedding, you can type in the friend’s name and wedding, and it will return results most relevant.

Tom Stocky, Facebook’s VP of Search, described the update:

Today we’re updating Facebook Search to make it easier to find the posts that have been shared with you.

You’ve given us a lot of feedback on the Graph Search beta. You’ve told us the most important thing is being able to find posts you’ve seen before, and now you can. With a quick search, you can get back to a fun video from your graduation, a news article you’ve been meaning to read, or photos from your friend’s wedding last summer.

If you want to search using phrases like “My friends who live in New York,” you still can.

Your search results are personalized and unique to you and, as always, you can only see things that have been shared with you.

You’ve also told us you need better search on your phone, so today’s updates were designed for mobile — they’ll be available on Facebook for iPhone in addition to desktop.

These updates are rolling out starting today in U.S. English on iPhone and desktop.

Readers: How else could this feature be improved?