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