Facebook Users Can Finally Search for Posts

By David Cohen 

FacebookSearchUpdate650Facebook users can finally search for posts that have been shared with them, following an update that will be rolled out this week to U.S. English users on iPhone and desktop.

Vice president of search Tom Stocky announced the update to Facebook’s search functionality in a Newsroom post:

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.

Search at Facebook is a long-term effort. Today is a step toward helping you tap into the experiences and perspectives of your friends.

These updates will roll out this week in U.S. English on iPhone and desktop. For more information, visit search.fb.com.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke during the company’s third-quarter earnings call about search becoming a viable business in the next five years, and during its second-quarter earnings call, he said:

As of last month (June 2014), on average, more than 1 billion search queries are made every day on Facebook. This is a great milestone, and it shows that we’re in a unique position to answer a lot of questions for people. But this is just a start. And over the next few years, as we make progress on building out search and our broader efforts in artificial intelligence, I expect us to deliver even greater utility for people

Readers: What do you think of the update to Facebook’s search functionality?