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We’ve gone over many ways to do a Facebook search, but in this last installment there’s a bit more to discover in order to complete your Facebook search training.

Just to recap:

In part one we covered how to search Facebook by a phone number, doing a typical people search in order to find friends, completing a Facebook search by hashtag and searching by post.

In part two we covered how to do a Facebook search without logging in and we talked about the advanced search feature that is now known as Facebook graph search.

Needless to say there’s been a lot that I’ve disclosed on how to search Facebook with a fine tooth comb and as hard as it may be to believe.. there’s even more to tell you about in this post too.

Search Facebook groups

The first method is learning how to search Facebook groups.

Using the graph search that we talked about in the last post, the idea here is that you want to find people that are connected to the niche that you’re looking for.

For instance if I wanted to look for other bloggers, what would I search for ?

In the graph search I would type in a general search term. I’m going to type in “bloggers”. No quotes needed for the search.

Now after typing it in, we’ll wait and see what the search function brings back in terms of results for me.

As you can see in the image, I’ve typed in bloggers and there are several results even though you can only see the first five that were generated.

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Additionally, you’ll notice that I have navigated to the “groups” tab to show what groups are there that are associated with that keyword that I have used for the search. You can also further modify this search by indicating whether you want to see only the public groups or the closed groups too using the panel to the left of the search page.

Nevertheless, the really nice thing about this is that it helps us to figure out where people are hanging out that are connected to the niche that we want to target and focus on. Now for me as a blogger, to find other bloggers, aspiring bloggers or people that like to follow other bloggers, this would be a very targeted way for me to locate individuals connected to this niche.

Granted “bloggers” is very broad, but you get the point as to where I’m going with this.

Even if you want to narrow down your search the end reality is still the same in terms of what this search can do for you either from an informational standpoint or if you’re trying to find people that may be interested in a product or service that you’re trying to sell.

Search Facebook photos

In order to search Facebook photos, we’ll continue to use the Facebook graph search. As with other searches that we have done in this Facebook series, let’s start with a keyword.

I did a post on motivational quotes to help inspire and elevate bloggers when they feel like quitting or giving up so for the purposes of this search we’re going to use this keyword phrase, “motivational quotes for work”.

Once we complete this search, the tab that we want to navigate to is going to be the photos tab.

As you can see in the image below, the photos are a byproduct of the successful completion of the search and this search can be done for any photos that you’re seeking connected to your niche. Some may say that you need to search starting with the keyword: photos, but I would disagree.

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Granted the search that I did was on motivational quotes, but you can do a search within any niche + the keyword phrase to generate any “public photos” associated with that search.

Search for friends on Facebook by location

The next and final search that we’ll do is going to target finding people by location.

While location might not be the biggest thing since sliced bread, what I can tell you is that it’s not just a basic location search.

In the example that I will show you as illustrated in the photo, you’ll see that I targeted 2 different search criteria while searching by location.

The criteria that I targeted was hometown and college attended. This search was also completed by the “find friends” option at the top of your Facebook search dashboard.

Upon clicking “find friends” you’ll see a subset of criteria that will appear on the right of the screen. The screen options include being able to search:

  • Name
  • Mutual friends
  • Hometown
  • Current city
  • High school
  • College or university
  • Employer
  • Graduate school

All of these are self-explanatory, but again as I mentioned before you can search these location type criteria simultaneously and you’re not just limited to only choosing one and proceeding with your search.

In the image below you’ll see that I’ve chosen two criteria.

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I’ve done this randomly just to show you for the sake of demonstration what the search would generate. I chose a hometown city of Columbus, Ohio and a College as Miami University because I wanted to see what the results would be for individuals who grew up in that city but attended Miami U.

Facebook generated several results which was a great representation of the power of that search.

With that said, there are many more options that can be chosen to help you narrow and fine tune your search even further beyond a location that you can combine with other aspects of this type of search.

Imagine that you’re doing work on behalf of a local business to help them find leads.

Search with this capability may be very helpful in providing such a service and this is just one of many possibilities that may be at your disposal through Facebook search.

Needless to say, as this is the third and final installment of the Facebook search series, surely you’ll be able to find any information that you need for blogging, for business or personal use using the methods that have been disclosed in the series of posts on this topic.

Additionally, before I end this post you may also want to try Search Is Back as an alternative to expediting your Facebook search as well.

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Eye Opening Insight To Facebook Search Book I

Facebook search is a topic that gets its fair share of attention. Considering the well-known fact that it’s among the largest websites in the world, it should come as no surprise that “Facebook search” is a big deal.

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Are you a Facebook user ?

Well then on the topic of search, how well do you navigate and search their massive user database ? If you’re an expert, I’d love to see your thoughts and comments below because there’s a lot to be said about Facebook search.

With that said, there’s everything from very basic searches to searches that are more advanced.

This is a big deal for the casual user to the advanced to those that need and want to understand how to navigate search for business purposes as well. It’s fair to say that “search” affects everyone on FB.

No matter where you are in terms of your comfort level or Facebook usage level, the bottom line is that you need search to work and fulfill it’s purpose in helping you to locate the information that you’re looking for.

When you consider the core purpose of what people come to do when they log in to Facebook, search is used but in it’s most rudimentary form by many of their users. However, there’s so much more to search than what can be done, achieved and found at it’s most basic level on the FB platform.

With that said, let’s talk about what you can do with Facebook’s search feature.

Facebook Search By Phone

Did you realize that you can search using someone’s phone number ?

Well it can certainly be done, but only if the user has “not” opted to keep their number private. Nevertheless, if the person or business etc. has decided that they don’t care about having their number public on Facebook, then that number is seen as searchable information and can be used to locate an individual, business or otherwise on Facebook.

Facebook Search For Friends / Facebook People Search

The Facebook people search is considered the most basic of basic searches on FB. Once you’ve logged into your account, just click the friends or find friends button on the top bar in your dashboard.

If you’re new to FB (yes folks, new Facebook users (aka newbies) do exist) whether this is for a personal account or business account you’ll notice that there’s a: people you may know section, the option to search your contacts section & a more ala cart section (aka - customized search), where you can add other details to narrow your search to find some familiar faces. Options here include searching by name, town, city, school (high school, college/university or graduate school) and even the ability to search by their employer if you have that information.

With that said, here's a related video on finding people on Facebook.

 

Facebook Search With Hashtags

Using the hashtag on Facebook is pretty straightforward and works in the same way that it does on nearly every other social media platform.

Of course, while there are the same benefits to using hashtags on Facebook, there are also the same pitfalls as well so always stick to best practices when you choose to use hashtags in your Facebook engagement.

Using too many hashtags will get you labeled as a spammer and quite frankly, too many of those annoying little (#) signs is akin to banner blindness.

The end result..

No one is going to pay any attention to you and while even I can get a little hashtag crazy from time to time, you’re better off sticking to 1 to 3 and even that could be a stretch. Two hashtags might just be the perfect number indeed for any thought you have online that you want to share on a social media platform.

With that said, always use the hashtag accompanied by a “single word”. You’ll find that clicking on a hashtag will also show you the list or compilation of posts that are associated with or include that particular hashtag too.

Additionally, while using “letters” alone might seem boring with respect to hashtags, you can use numbers as well, but forget about getting fancy with other special characters. If you use characters like “&” or “$” or anything similar, all that’s going to do is break your hashtag and it won’t work the way it’s supposed to.

Facebook Search For Posts

Searching for posts is pretty straightforward. Just type in the keyword phrases associated with the content that you’re trying to find.

In my case as a blogger, a search for “blogging tips” makes sense to perform. The quotation marks aren’t needed necessarily but using them will give you slightly better results.

Here’s what that search yielded:

 

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On the results page, there are several categories that are produced that include:

Pages Category

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Groups

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Featured Posts

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Blogging Tips Featured Facebook Posts

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Links

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Videos

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Conversations

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Public Posts

Blogging Tips Public Facebook Posts

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The Facebook post search feature produces relevant information and categorizes it automatically for you which can be helpful if you’re looking to target something specific instead of having to sift through several results.

Another little nifty thing you can do with this particular search is to add a name to that search and it will filter your query to include that name.

So for instance, if I did a search for “blogging tips” lisa. Facebook would provide search results that included both the phrase blogging tips and if there are any Lisa’s associated with that phrase, that should show up in the search results because of the parameters I’ve indicated in the search box.

In part 2 of this Facebook search series, we’ll chat about the Facebook advanced search feature and another really curious topic on Facebook search with a great answer on how you can accomplish it. There’s a lot of curiosity about this and I’ll give you some insight into how you can accomplish this with some easy and helpful information.

I won’t say anything more about it here so you’ll just have to read the next post to see exactly what it is that I’m talking about.

Beyond that, however, there’s no doubt that with Facebook’s staggering user-base.. a practical, effective and user friendly search is absolutely warranted and needed. The jury is still out on whether their search function is a real winner because there’s so many opinions on how good and bad FB’s search feature really is.

Nevertheless, you’ve really got to consider that there are people that just want the search function to be as simple as simple gets and others that want a more feature rich product not to mention everyone else in between those two polarizing groups that have their own thoughts on what they want from the Facebook search feature too.

While I’ve touched on the details on how to do a Facebook search by way of a phone number, through hashtags, seeking friends (people search) and searching for posts there’s a lot more to cover in part 2 here: Facebook Search Part 2.

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Facebook Login Problems -facebooklogin- The Social Media Crash And Burn Detector

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So here’s a question.. considering that we rely so heavily on the use of connectivity to work online and reach the masses through social media, what happens when you have Facebook login problems or worse yet, can’t even use the network. What happens when your social media outlets just take a dive and they are out of commission ? Does it strike fear in your heart ? That sense of panic just sets in and you have no real idea about what’s going on other than you just want it to work. There’s nothing worse than that sense of helplessness when the outlets that you are counting on to always be up and running suddenly aren’t working anymore.

So with that said, this post is a little off the beaten path for me, but I started thinking about all the marketers, bloggers and website owners and everyday people that use Facebook and social media and thought about our reliance on these networks and how it impacts revenue, our businesses and audiences too and that’s not something that can be ignored.

While I’m not an avid user of Facebook for my own personal reasons, it doesn’t negate the fact that there are billions of people that use the social network and count on it persistently. Conservatively speaking hundreds of thousands of people experience Facebook login and connectivity issues every year and what does that do for you as a person that is running a business that relies on Facebook to work. Connectivity issues have been synonymous with Facebook for nearly a decade which is an uncomfortable reality for small business owners that utilize the Facebook network for the benefit of it’s massive exposure that it has been known to provide.

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This issue is valid one from a blogging standpoint due the fact that consistency is necessary. There have been instances where Facebook has been down for five hours or more. From a business standpoint, that down time potentially results in huge losses of revenue and there is no real accountability for the company since it’s user base is opt in. These connectivity issues are not just limited to people that are logging in through desktop portals but through mobile applications as well. The response from such down times have notably resulted in people taking to other social networks in masses to express growing concerns about the reliability of the social network.

Now granted in fall fairness that not all connectivity issues can solely be pointed at Facebook, but the flipside is that Facebook has the largest user base of nearly any social network used for business purposes today. This is just one criticism among many that Facebook has received since it’s initial debut in 2004. When these problems do occur, Facebook takes to providing “general” responses with respect to feedback as to what has occurred which doesn’t provide much consolation to anyone anxiously awaiting for the network to return to form so that normal usage may resume. Nevertheless, in spite of it’s response when the network does go down, it’s hard to know what is the truth as well. However thankfully a newcomer to the scene has provided transparency that can be trusted when users experience Faceboook login problems or wonder the looming the question.. is Facebook down without any real answers.

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If you haven’t heard of Down Detector, this is a website that started to make a name for itself in 2013. Basically they are touted as the weathermen of the digital world as quoted in an article by Computer World in May of 2013. In the article, it goes on to state that this website can detect outages or network problems almost as soon as they happen by studying data from social networks to identify the service issues almost as soon as they take place. The goal behind the company is to provide users with better information about network problems as they occur. Clearly this is a sigh of relief for many because it means that you don’t have to rely on shrouded information from the affected networks themselves anymore. Obviously, those networks will still respond but there’s something to be said about having a third party far removed without any associated attachments that can provide information that is accurate and forthcoming because lets face it.. networks like Facebook don’t typically want you to know the truth.

This video gives you an overview of what Downdetector does as well and the type of networks they are targeting with respect to their mission and services.

Another useful aspect of this service is that it not only shows you graphs and reports of current issues with networks, but it also will report on past issues that it has detected, provide avenues for you to voice your thoughts about the network problems and view others feedback about the problems too. Clearly providing a sense of urgency for these networks to resolve the problems has been a long time in the works and there are many people that are happy that there is a company that has been constructed that is airing on the side of the user and not for the sole benefit of the companies they are reporting on.

Downdetector currently tracks several big name social networks that include the following:

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Reddit
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat and more.

LinkedIN is even part of the social media lineup which makes Downdetector a pretty serious company in the social media scene and that’s great news for the rest of us when it comes to the reliability of social networks.

The work that we do is critically important, our customers are important and the necessity for networks to keep up their end of the bargain goes without saying. As a blogger, I also utilize social media and as small business owners these networks are synonymous with our livelihoods as they directly impact revenue, traffic and our audiences.

Downdetector has made it a priority to assist in those efforts to make large networks like Facebook and others more transparent when things go wrong that directly affect their users which means it’s a new day for social media networks and for those of us that use them too.

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Facebook (FB) Atlas Ad Platform - Facebook Privacy - The New Creep Under The Bridge

Privacy ? What Facebook Privacy ??

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Oh boy oh boy... we can always count on Facebook to remind us of how scary the internet can be.. and Facebook Atlas is no exception. So lets start with this question. If you knew that a friend of yours was secretly reading your email so that they could ummmm "help" give you better advice would you let them ???? While I would never guess that I'd get a whopping 100% of people to say yes to this, I'd say it's pretty reasonable to think that I'd be okay in assuming that better than 90% of people would say they wouldn't be okay with this practice.

Additionally, as you read this post, I will preface that what I've written is not simply a tirade or one sided opinion. This is about their history, their unethical practices, violation of user trust and continuation of repeated acts that continue to nullify their claims that they do indeed care about privacy for users that utilize their network. So with that said, I get it that "millions" of people are on Facebook, but if you've been reading my posts for any amount of time you know the glaring concerns that I have regarding the social media behemoth. I've focused my issues solely around how they value privacy starting with this video from Youtuber Matthias.

Aside from the humor which I love by the way, the issues are real with Facebook. It's only a matter of time before this gets really bad, like "scary" bad.. wish Facebook would have never been invented bad, but so far we're not there yet. However, incrementally if you've paid attention to the history of unconscionable mistakes they've made disregarding the trust of it's fan base, one can reasonably assume that the worst is yet to come.. whatever that may be. However, there's always that off chance that FB will start to listen, respect your privacy and restore social confidence, but maybe that's just wishful thinking.. only time will tell.

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) - The Infamous Transcript

Nevertheless, lets start with Zuckerberg's early days in Facebook. While there's no doubt that we're all supposed to get wiser with age, this was just the beginning of HUGE concerns regarding how important privacy was to Facebook and it's founder. In a leaked transcript from 2003, Mark was found mocking the very users that helped him to propel FB into the spotlight. The transcript reads:

  • Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard

  • Zuck: Just ask.

  • Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS

  • [Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?

  • Zuck: People just submitted it.

  • Zuck: I don't know why.

  • Zuck: They "trust me"

  • Zuck: Dumb fucks.

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While no one verified the authenticity of this, Facebook did not deny it either. Even though we continue to hear about how "important" privacy is to Facebook, their actions consistently paint a different picture that doesn't align well with what they state openly to the public when they've been addressed on the topic of Facebook privacy.

Facebook Virtual Suicides In The Millions

It's no secret that many people left and right have been shutting their Facebook profiles down. Gizmodo did the same in 2010. They wrote an article about the top 10 reasons why you should quit Facebook. The article shared some very insightful information that I will summarize by headline, but I will provide the complete article after the bullet points are made. Among their reasons are the following:

  • The FB TOS is completely one sided

  • Mark Zuckerberg has a history of "unethical" behavior

  • FB has declared war on privacy

  • FB is pulling the bait and switch on it's users

  • FB is a bully

  • Your "private data" is being shared

  • Facebook shouldn't be trusted

  • Facebook makes it VERY hard to "completely" delete your account

  • FB does not support the open web

  • The Facebook application isn't that good

The complete article can be found here: Gizmodo Quit Facebook Article

The article is a good read so even though I've only highlighted points, there's a lot more to be said that Gizmodo elaborates on more in depth.

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Interestingly enough, Facebook reportedly lost 9 million active users in the United States and another 2 million in Britain over privacy concerns in 2013. These were numbers that came from an article written by the Dailymail. The article can be found here: FB Users Committing Virtual Identity Suicide. Another bit of information worth noting is that while internet privacy (also known as online privacy) is a broad term, this is paramount to many people because there is an expectation that the forums, social media sites and other mediums that we interact with where we do share data will keep our data safe and protected and serve as a buffer from those that seek to either profit or engage in practices that may be harmful, damaging or unethical to the individual. When these things do not happen, you can reasonable suspect that there will be feelings of discontentment, anger and backlash.. all things that have been experienced by Facebook from multiple destinations online that utilize their network and from those that do not.

Facebook Undercover Tactics

Remember Deepface ? This was another creepy feature that rolled out in 2014 from Facebook that was their experimentation with facial recognition software. However, it was actually run on their website shortly after Facebook bought Face.com and implemented without user consent or knowledge which rightfully so creeped out a lot of people.

Facebook owns the largest photo database of any agency in the world. So with this new feature that FB quietly rolled out but now is stating its an "opt-in" feature which it really isn't allowed them to recognize faces with great accuracy, almost as effective as any person could simply by uploading a photo. You can't disable the facial recognition.. you can only disable who sees the auto tags. Nevertheless, what are the implications for this ?

Well consider someone that isn't your friend on FB. Someone takes your photo, uploads your photo to Facebook and is able to collect details and other information about you using their platform ? Privacy advocates have made efforts to force FB to delete it's FRS software. It is unclear just how successful those efforts have been.

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In more egregious mistakes, who can forget the massive psychological study, dubbed "emotionally manipulative" that was done on over 700,000 Facebook users without their knowledge subjected to highly positive and negative elements through their accounts, photos, and user feeds they viewed that intentionally affected their moods. The real kicker even though people were rightfully "ticked off" is that what Facebook did was not in violation of their TOS. Again I will reiterate as Matthias did in the video referenced earlier in this post.. it is time to say goodbye to Facebook if you haven't already. If this manipulation is within acceptable bounds in their terms of service, I'd say it's fair to assume that they could probably get away with a lot more in the future. We wouldn't accept this from a friend, we wouldn't accept this from an employer and it certainly shouldn't be acceptable from a "social network", of which we are not being forced to use.

Facebook Atlas Ad Platform

Facebook has returned to the spotlight with their newest acquisition from Microsoft rebuilding it to fit their platform. Facebook Atlas is yet another amplification of how FB doesn't value your privacy for the individual.

  • Have you asked to be followed around the web ?

  • Have you asked to have ads tailored to you or your preferences ?

  • Have you asked to be tracked online ?

  • Would any of this be okay to you without your permission ?

Chances are pretty good that you haven't asked to have any of these things done to you or for you and that you wouldn't be okay with it either. It doesn't matter how anyone tries to coat this one with sugar and sweet goodies... anything related to Facebook that "follows" you around and tracks what you do is bad news. This is all primed to make the social platform even more money to make even more poor decisions with the power at it's disposal and worse yet, will allow Facebook to still impact you on other websites even if you don't use their website.. all of which can and will be done over any mobile device. As the gentleman in the video states so pointedly:

  • We know who you are...

  • We know where you live..

  • We know what you do.

This is what Facebook is becoming.. this is not okay and this is not privacy.

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Facebook Alternative

Ello has become the anti Facebook alternative. My Ello Review can be found in this post: Ello Review. For those of you that are looking for an alternative to Facebook, I would encourage you to read the Ello manifesto, which again can be found in my post on the new social media platform and consider whether Ello is the right alternative for you.

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