Facebook Launches Search

Facebook users will now find themselves with the ability to universally search across the entire social network.

Starting yesterday (Oct. 22), the company’s search capability was upgraded to Search FYI, which involved indexing the sites 2 trillion posts to make them searchable for the more than 1.5 billion Facebook searches the company said take place each day.

“When something happens in the world, people often turn to Facebook to see how their friends and family are reacting,” Tom Stocky, Facebook’s VP of Search, said in a news release.

“Today, 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.”

According to Stocky, Search FYI will now offer search suggestions that are more timely and personalized to the user. After performing a search, the results garnered with Search FYI are expected to represent the most recent and relevant public posts from a user’s friends, organized to help the user navigate the most pertinent information related to the searched item.

The social network’s new search will also allow users to find any public conversations spurred by a posted link, including popular quotes, mentioned phrases and an aggregated view of the overall sentiment.

“Because we’ve indexed the entire world’s conversations, we tell you things that are trending, things that are breaking, what’s happening right now,” Rousseau Kazi, a product manager on Facebook’s search team, told The Verge.

“The whole idea here is that if you can group these pieces of content in certain ways, it makes it pretty easy to get the full story,” Kazi added.

To get a glimpse of what Facebook’s Search FYI has to offer, check out the video below.

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