Facebook Graph Search is the best way to find what you are looking for on the popular Social Network: so get ready to find people with your own interests and passions! It is very easy, you just have to know how to search and you can have all the answers. So just Ask Facebook Graph Search!
WHAT IS FACEBOOK GRAPH SEARCH?
Launched in March 2013, Facebook Graph Search is a semantic search engine thought to increase the number of connections per person following the algorithm similar to traditional search engines such as Google. Instead of searching keywords and giving back links, it focuses on searching phrases, as well as objects and posts on the site in order to match useful contents and results. Search results are based on both the content of the user and their friends’ profiles, so that it can be as precise as possible.
HOW FACEBOOK GRAPH SEARCH WORKS
Now let us go and see what we can do on Facebook Graph Search. You can actually search for anything (but only if you are using Facebook Search in English from a computer, a tablet or a smartphone). As you may know, as soon as you start typing on the Search Bar, Facebook gives you immediately some suggestions about your query. But if you want something in particular, it is even easier.
– Explore the world using the News Feed. Facebook works to give you up-to-the-minute updated news. Just typing the topic that matters to you, you can easily have back the most important sources that are talking about that in that precise moment, so that you can join the conversation. You can search for: People by their name, Check-ins of the user, friends, or tagged posts about them, Pages (topic or VIP related), Places (specific location and people who have been there). Other specific filters are time filters and even the web search.
– You can find any post you have seen before on Facebook. Just writing two simple words, “Your name + cookies”, for example, you can recall all your posts about your amazing cookies recipes. Can you smell them already? Or, if you want to know who you have something in common with, just write: “Friends who like Marvel and DC comics”. Plus, if you want to look back at your previous searches, just look at the “Activity Log” section on your Profile.
– Find People, Photos, Places and Interests. The Facebook Graph Search gives you a lot of different options. You can find People by their name or by their email address, or you can also upload your own contacts from a different device. With the Search Graph, furthermore, you can also find their Posts. Start typing on the Search Bar and Facebook answers: “New: search for Posts. Now you can find posts that were shared with you. Just search for words you remember”. Then, all you have to do is to write your sentence, for example “Cities visited by my family”, and you can see all the contents about your query. Did you already try that?
– Manage your Privacy. Who can find your data? After the launch of this tool issues about privacy arouse among Facebook users, so Mark Zuckerberg decided to downsize it by interrupting the partnership with Microsoft’s Bing and changing some search tools. However, privacy options are entirely up to you and nobody can reach your posts if you don’t want to share them. If you want to manage one information in particular, the work you are currently doing, for example, just go to the “About” section from your Profile Page and click “Edit” on the content you want to customize. There you can choose the audience you want to share the content with.
In this section you can also change all the Information about you and decide who can have a look and who can’t. Also if you use Twitter they have a similar feature built in. Moreover, if you have been to Paris recently and you posted photos, just go to the “Activity Log” section from your Profile and click “Your Posts”: you can scroll the list and choose the audience for each post. From the same section you can also filter by “Photos of you” and decide which photo you have been tagged in can be published or not.
Thats pretty much all there is to Facebook and their graph search function. As time goes on the social media company will continually improve and update this built in function. For now this is everything you need to know to get started with the intuitive graphing tool. You can do a plethora of things from finding things that interest you to more advanced research. The ball is now in your hands to what you can now accomplish.