How To Use Facebook Search Like A Pro

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Tue, 11 Sep 2018

Facebook is one of the most popular social media websites of all time. Most people use it to post photos, share stories, and connect with their friends and family. But not everyone knows how to use the various tools and filters built into the site's search function. In this guide, we'll show you how to search Facebook like a pro. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

What Can You Search For on Facebook?

  1. People: Friends, coworkers, or even celebrities
  2. Pages: News from your favorite companies or shows
  3. Groups: A simple way to join a community
  4. Restaurants: Find a great place to eat
  5. Hashtags: Posts about the latest trends

How Can I Filter Facebook Search Results?

  • Tagged location
  • Date posted
  • Who posted it
  • What group it was posted in

First find the search bar. Whether you're on a desktop computer or a smartphone, it should be at the top of your screen. Look for a rectangle with a magnifying glass icon next to it. Then type in your keywords. Before you hit enter, Facebook will provide a short list of results. If you see what you're looking for there, click on it. Otherwise, hit enter for more extensive results. Once you've done this, you can either use the filters, or just scroll through the list. If you're looking for a specific person, remember that lots of people have similar or identical names. So look at the profile pictures and cover photos to make sure you're not sending a friend request to a complete stranger.

What can you search for on these two popular sites?

Facebook Google
Facebook friends
Facebook Events
Hashtags
Photos
News
Maps
Flights

The History of Facebook

In Depth

Facebook's search bar is a tool which is designed to look for and identify items in a database, matching keywords or characters specified by the user. When you are on a computer, this can be found at the topmost part of the page, just beside the Facebook logo. If you're using the app on a smartphone or tablet, it can be toggled by clicking on the magnifying glass icon.

Since Facebook is the leading social networking service to date, there are lots of things that can be searched for within the site. When looking for people, here are the steps to follow.

Let us say that you want to follow a famous individual like Mark Zuckerberg. You just need to enter his exact name in the search bar. The tool will seek the information from its database, then it will show you the result. You will know that it is his real account when there is a check icon beside the profile name.

Let us say that you want to follow a famous individual like Mark Zuckerberg.

If you are looking for a person with a regular or common name like John Doe, you must type the correct spelling in the search field. After that, click on "See All" to inspect the list of all the people named "John Doe." From there, you can check using the profile pictures to determine exactly which one you are seeking.

You can also make use of the "Filter Results" for people. You can choose from "city," "education," "work," or "mutual friends" to narrow down the results.

Facebook also allows you to find people using phone numbers. For example, say someone you do not know sends you a text message. Just copy and paste the contact number in the search field, then press the enter key. The result will show you who exactly owns it. Email addresses can be utilized in the same way.

For example, say someone you do not know sends you a text message.

You can also search for posts containing a specific keyword or hashtag. For example, if you would like to view all posts regarding do-it-yourself projects. Just key in "DIY" or "#DIY," then hit enter. You will see different categories below the search bar. Select "posts" to show relevant posts.

There is also the Graph Search, which enables you to discover many different people, places or things on Facebook. This employs additional query phrases to make the search more specific.

Let us say that you want to find pictures of your friends' babies. To begin, type "photos of babies my friends," and click on the magnifying glass icon. The outcome will let you view images of little bundles of joy from the people you know.

Let us say that you want to find pictures of your friends' babies.

Another good example is when you are seeking people who attended the same school as you. Just key in the words "people who went to Northwest High School." The result will show you individuals who have been to the educational institution you specified.

If you want to find out who among your friends likes a particular movie, say Inception, you can search for the phrase "my friends who like Inception." You can now see which of your buddies are fond of the film.

When you are looking for a particular place such as a Korean restaurant, you need to input those keywords followed by your city. Click on "See All" and you will see a list of eating houses nearby. You will even see the average ratings, price, address, phone number, customer review, and pictures of food they serve. There is also a map on the right side of the screen to show you the exact location.

When you are looking for a particular place such as a Korean restaurant, you need to input those keywords followed by your city.

If you want to look for groups that share the same interest as yours, you can do so by typing the topic you like. For instance, you wish to explore homeschooling entities. Enter "homeschooling" in the field. After that, click on the "Groups" tab to filter it down. You will now see a database of associations that are into educating children at home.

You can do the same when looking for persons who share the same concern. All you need to do is to click on the "Posts" tab, then choose "Your Friends" or "Your Friends and Groups." This will give you a listing of individual posts of your pals about "homeschooling."

Over the years, Facebook has been loaded with an incredible amount of information, and has become more than just a social networking site. It may not be as potent as Google, but it can be a helpful tool for finding out more than just names of people and pages.

It may not be as potent as Google, but it can be a helpful tool for finding out more than just names of people and pages.