Facebook revamps mobile search to sift through old posts (Wired UK)


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Facebook is
currently testing a feature it hopes to roll out across its mobile
apps that will allow users to search their friends’ old posts using
keywords.

At the moment only a select number of Facebook users can test
the tool, which lets them search back through time for posts or
content that appeared on the pages of friends or pages they
followed.

In a statement given to Bloomberg, the social network said the tool was “an
improvement to search on mobile”. This is not the first initiative
Facebook has introduced to upgrade its search experience. Last year
it started to roll out Graph Search on the browser version of the social network,
which allowed users to be much more specific in terms of what they
were looking for.

While the experience of scrolling through the News Feed and
uploading content has been pretty well refined already on the
Facebook apps, the mobile versions of the social network still
don’t feel particularly well optimised for search.

Graph
Search
has been tested on mobile since February, and it isn’t
quite clear whether it just hasn’t been a particular success, or
whether Facebook just wants to complement Graph Search on mobile
with keyword search. Due to the sentence-like structure of Graph
Search, it almost seems like keyword search would be a more
appropriate and intuitive way to surface content on mobile.

Let us know if you’ve been part of the trial and tell us what
you think of Facebook’s search tools over on our Facebook page (no
need to search — here’s
a direct link
).

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29 August 2014 | 11:11 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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