Facebook processes over 1.5 billion searches every day, and hosts over 2 trillion posts made by users of the largest social media network in the world. Now, it has launched Facebook Search, to allow users search for items in its over 2 trillion posts and get personalized results just like Google and Twitter are doing, but with a more personalized focus.
When a user performs a search on Facebook, the social media will work like a search engine and index over 2 trillion posts and pages and people made on it, with the giant social network saying it can now index what people are saying on the internet in real-time with this new development.
"We're updating Facebook Search so that in addition to friends and family, you can find out what the world is saying about topics that matter to you," said Tom Stocky, Facebook's vice president of search.
Twitter launched Moments earlier this month so as to capture real-time conversations and make users use the feature as a kind of personalized search engine returning the most relevant results, and Google is also improving on its products to see this work for people. Now it’s Facebook’s turn to the world what it can do with search.
Facebook announced its Search feature will auto-complete search terms as users enter their search keywords, and users can choose what they want to search for from the list of suggestions brought forth. The results will come top news sources and then your friends network and then from strangers you barely know.
The technology will use what it knows about you, your friends on the network, quotes from people, the pages you like and posts you’ve made, as well as status updates and everything you’ve ever done on Facebook to make suggestions or list search returns when you search for anything.
Users in the US will be able to start using this feature on Thursday on their iPhones, Android devices, and desktops as well as other smartphones.
"There's just so much content that's unique to the Facebook ecosystem," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last year. "We can answer questions for you that really no other service can."
With the technology behind Facebook Search and how it’s designed to index all pages and posts and people, search results may return unpleasant or nasty posts that people have made in the past; and this is why it is important that people exercise caution or restriction when posting on public social media because all good and bad posts are now going to show up in search results.
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"The diverse experiences and perspectives that are shared on Facebook can't be found anywhere else. Your search results are personalized and unique to you and, as always, you can only see things that have been shared with you," Stocky said. "Likewise, you control who can see your posts on Facebook and it's easy to change the audience of your past posts any time."