When Facebook launched Advance Facebook search back in 2013/2014, the social media was actually targeting users 2 trillion post and 1.5 billions users daily searches as at then.
Apart from simple sign up for Facebook account and start chatting with friends and family, Facebook has over time improved in so many ways but only limited part of it is actually what most users know and one of the improvement is Fb search bar feature.
Majorly, limited number of daily Facebook users learn how to use Facebook search bar to search for contents on Facebook.
When Facebook unleashed the search bar then, it was to let users conveniently search for whatever they need instead of leaving Facebook for another big search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, and apparently the goal of the search was achieved.
Meaning that Facebook users no long move away from Facebook before they can search for Facebook content such as photos, videos, etc uploaded by a friend.
And Facebook was able to achieve this. While on Facebook, you can simply search for content you can’t find on your Facebook news feed using the search bar.
Just like any other search engines, you can search for anything on Facebook. As it were, Facebook itself is like a data base where users information is stored for future reference.
What I actually think on the mind of Facebook team concerning the integrated search bar was to make users stick to Facebook, and conveniently have what they need on the platform.
Is Facebook Search a Search Engine
A question was posted whether is Facebook a search engine or not? That question was answer by Mark Zuckerberg When He told Wall Street analysts on his Q4 2013 earnings call that Facebook will overtake Google search engine.
Not only that, the Facebook Co-founder stressed out that Facebook has gotten a bigger ‘index’ of data compared to any other search engines, that Facebook’s artificial intelligent group is working on how to make the indexed data available via Graph search, which could be seen as Facebook search engine, and finally that the company will rolled out mobile devices where Facebook users can easily ask Facebook for advice and have their problem solved through voice call recognition.
But funny enough, that won’t take 1 or 2 years to achieve but will take Facebook artificial intelligent team nothing less than 10 years.
The goal of Facebook is to make Facebook more than a mere search engine in the next one decade. It’s a great job to have gather a total population of more than 1.2 billion users on a single platform and still counting.
On a platform where there are over 1.2 billion users, turning such a platform to search engine isn’t a bad idea just that it will create a more competitive market for existing search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and the upcoming search engines like ask etc.
While still looking Facebook at the realm of being a search engine, Zuckerberg aimed at use the platform, Facebook to provide answer to question in decade to come just like Google and others does and that alone will make Facebook search dominate the search engine’s world be leveraging on its users.
How to Carry Out Advance Facebook Search
So many things are being shared on Facebook daily by those people you have in your cycle and those outside your continence. No matter where a content is being share on Facebook, you can easily get access to it using Facebook advance search once you know what you are looking for.
There are countless number of pages and groups on Facebook that discuss various topics, and they can easily be reached out to using Facebook search bar when you can’t find them in your Facebook news feed.
Meanwhile, if you actually want to do Facebook advance search, here is how to do it the right way.
1. Get your Facebook login and Login to your Facebook account
2. Click on Facebook search bar and type whatever you have in mind to search on Facebook
3. While typing your keyword on Facebook search bar, Facebook will suggest for you based on your keywords, and you can then click on it
4. If you can’t find what you are looking for using the suggest posts or pages or names by Facebook, click on see all results for “what you search for” e.g Loneliness.
5. Facebook will display numerous post and pages based on your keywords for you to pick from.
How to Search a Specific City on Facebook
The moment you started limiting your mind on Facebook, you will get whirled and think you can’t do it on Facebook. Like I said earlier, you can search for anything on Facebook even city of your your choice.
How to search for city on Facebook follows suits the same way you use the search bar to search for Facebook groups, Facebook pages, Facebook communities, Family and friends.
Here is the simplest way to use Facebook search to search for a city and connect to people in that city provided you know them in person.
2. On the search bar type without quote “My friends who live in (***)” where (***) is the city you want to search for. E.g “My friends who live in (“Abuja”)
3. The list of your friends who live in that city will be display instantly.
4. For more friends who live in that city click on “see all” and that is all to search for a city on Facebook.
Note: You can search for only city on Facebook without including your friends that live in the city, meanwhile when you do, people from that city will be display for you to add as friends.
Over the past few years, things have changed in Facebook set up, the way you use Facebook search to search for contents, people, cities, videos has changed over time as Facebook gets better, so also you are expect to be able to roll with the development.
This is a simple act of using Facebook search just like Google and other big search engines.