Today, Facebook announced a new search function that will be slowly rolling out to US English users.
With a search like “friends who live in Boston” or “photos of my friends before 1999,” you can more easily find old friends, new friends, and old content.
“When Facebook first launched, the main way most people used the site was to browse around, learn about people, and make new connections. Graph Search takes us back to our roots and allows people to use the graph to make new connections,” explain director of product management Tom Stocky and director of engineering Lars Rasmussen.
For now, graph search will cover people, photos, places, and interests. It won’t cover content like posts or app actions (e.g., song listens or article reads). To get access, sign up for the waitlist.
Graph search is based on phrases, not keywords like traditional search. It also factors in everyone’s privacy settings, so you can’t see content that isn’t shared with you. Read more information about privacy or control who sees specific content on your activity log (Settings > Privacy Settings > Activity Log).
Here are some examples of searches, from Facebook’s announcement:
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