Now Find Posts and Comments with Facebook Graph Search
With the immense number of posts and updates that flood through every user’s timeline it can become quite the challenge to go back and look for something from the past. Sifting through the hundreds of updates, likes, shares, and comments on your timeline to find something specific used to be near-impossible until Facebook unveiled Graph Search. This tool allowed users to search for photos and likes, now with the new update for the Graph Search, Facebook allows you to search for specific comments and posts as well.
The graph search
All specific posts and comments can be found from any time of your active Facebook account with this extremely specific search option. The Facebook Graph Search allows you to search through content that has been shared with you, including public posts from people that are not friends with you. This makes it easier to find people with common interests, however, it raises serious questions about the privacy issues that need to be addressed with the introduction of this new Facebook tool. As your posts and comments are now available to anyone searching on Facebook it is important that you have your privacy settings changed to reflect your needs.
Graph Search results are those that have been personalised for you specifically, the same way News Feed is unique for every user. This means two people that are searching for the same term can receive different personalised results. While the introduction of Graph Search may be a cause of distress for people who are worried about their privacy, who can view your posts depends on the audience you choose for each post. Old and long-lost posts have never been this easy to free from the confines of your timeline. Previously, Graph Search has only allowed users to limit search queries around people, photos, places and interests. Now, however, users can search for status updates, photo captions, comments and check-ins.
Visiting old posts
Graph Search lets you go back in time and visit your old status updates or comments, view what friends say about common topics of interests and see what the community has to say about important public topics. The introduction of Graph Search can now prove to make it an easier process to find new friends on Facebook. The Facebook tool is now available only for the desktop version of Facebook and not for smartphone users. Graph Search would be more appreciated and values if available on these devices as much of the potential it holds lies in giving people the ability to search while on the go. However, with the lure of giving people an opportunity to go back to any time in their Facebook history it brings users more accustomed to regularly using Graph Search. This habituating of using the tool could prove to be very productive for the company when they decide to bring in advertisements along with search results.
For now Graph Search is available only for a limited number of users, as Facebook monitors usage and takes feedback to improve the post search before it makes the search tool available to all users. Reviews and feedback is the most important thing for developing a site to serve its users in the best way possible. Whether its reviews for Facebook’s new search tool or a fatcow review which informs you about the best webhosting services, opinions of other users are always important to consider before making a decision.
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Mark helps his clients first understand what Social Media can bring to their business, be that brand awareness, customer engagement, customer service or income generation and then developing, defining and implementing a plan for their business. Mark is the owner of DOC Marketing a social media & SEO company. He is also a writer for All-Biz-Finance.com.
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