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.
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.
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:
- Mutual friends
- Current city
- High school
- College or university
- 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.
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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