By Martin Beck
More than a year after promising to give users the ability to search for posts, Facebook is finally coming through.
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.
Find Posts, But Only Those Shared With You
In September 2013, Facebook said users would be able to find public posts even from people they didn’t follow. That promised update was never widely rolled out, but Facebook said it learned during testing that people were most interested in seeing posts from friends and pages they liked.
“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.”
So that’s where Facebook is focusing now. The update, available only to English language users in the United States, will start rolling out today on the desktop and the iOS mobile app. It should reach all eligible users in the next couple weeks, Stocky said.
Outside the US, Facebook Graph Search was never launched — and so people never lost the ability …read more