May 27, 2018

Facebook Users Can Now Search Timelines

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Facebook Users Can Now Search Timelines

Facebook announced that its users can now search “status updates, photo captions, check-ins, and comments” from their own timelines as well as their friends'. 

Users can search for "posts about a city, place, or from a certain time, such as ‘posts by my friends from last month’ or ‘posts written at the White House,’” Facebook notes on a post announcing the new search changes. 

Facebook users will also be able to search their page and network for posts they want to see again, such as “posts I commented on” or “my posts from the last year.” 

The only content searchable will be content that has been shared with you -- “including posts shared publicly by people you are not friends with,” Facebook notes. 

For those who aren’t interested in sharing their past, Facebook has security features in which you can review and hide past activities. 

Facebook’s new search tool will be rolled out gradually to a small group of people who are currently using its Graph Search. Facebook earlier this year had updated its search features to also allow its users to search through their network to find friends or other connections with a commonality -- such as those who “liked” similar items or live in a similar location. 

Source: “Graph Search Now Includes Posts and Status Updates,” Facebook (Sept. 30, 2013) and “Facebook Now Allows Users to Search Timelines,” The New York Times (Oct. 1, 2013)

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