Facebook has decided to upgrade their search functionality! New features have recently been added which include better recommendations and the addition of public posts and conversations to search results.
Tom Stocky, the Vice President of Search on Facebook, has stated in a Newsroom post that there are currently 1.5 billion searches being done daily on Facebook and its index has topped 2 trillion posts.
He also mentioned that the recent upgrades to search were being done for U.S. English users on iPhone, Android and desktop. More details were presented:
• “Better search suggestions: When you tap into the search box and start typing, we’ll now offer timely, personalized search suggestions. As you type, we’ll highlight things that are happening right now so you can follow popular stories as they unfold.”
• “Search results with public posts and posts from friends: When you search, you’ll now see the most recent, relevant public posts, along with posts from your friends. Search results are organized to help you cut through the noise and quickly understand what the world is saying about a topic in the moment. You also can pull-to-refresh and see the latest public posts.”
• “Find public conversations with search: When a link gets shared widely on Facebook, it often anchors an interesting public conversation. Now there’s a new way to quickly dive into that discussion. With one tap, you can find public posts about a link, see popular quotes and phrases mentioned in these posts and check out an aggregate overview of sentiment. This feature is a first step—we look forward to people using it and giving us feedback so we can make it even better.”
How will this upgrade impact the way you search on Facebook?