Facebook Testing Search By Keyword Functionality On Mobile Devices
The social media giant Facebook is currently working on expanding its Graph Search functionality to mobile phone devices, a newly surfaced report from Bloomberg has confirmed.
The said expansion is available to a handful of people at the time of writing and enables them to review their Friends’ previous posts, as well as content from pages they followed by typing in specific keywords.
Those of you who don’t know how Graph Search works, it basically lets you view specific posts from your Friends and Pages by typing in any keyword in the Search Bar. For instance, you can type in, ‘my friends who like Lords of the Ring’ and it will yield all posts from your Friends with Lords of the Ring.
Furthermore, you can also search for something like, ‘engagement party Bob Phillips’ and Facebook will quickly find you posts from that friend about the party.
Announced in January last year, Facebook began rolling out the Graph Search update in September, 2013, but only to desktop users. Even until now, there are still a good number of registered members who have yet to receive the update.
An interesting thing about the Graph Search is that it is not confined to posts, but also extends to check-in, job details, educational background, notes, comments, photo captions, and interests. And while this might interest some people, I cannot confirm whether your friends will be able to retrieve a particular post you hid from them at the time of posting. Personally, I would like Facebook to keep it hidden.
Where I could easily see which of my friends like to read ‘A Game of Thrones,’ I couldn’t find any specific posts on the subject which clearly indicates that the feature is still under progression of rolling out.
With this expansion of Graph Search to mobile phone devices, Facebook is constantly raising people’s privacy concerns. Aside from the Graph Search, Facebook Messenger (which is on its way of becoming an essential app to chat with your friends) is constantly picked apart by the users due to its somewhat controversial terms of service.
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