Now, the sheer amount of people and data available on Facebook is something you can use to your advantage. You might be looking for a job or you are interested in trends. So how do you obtain the information you’re looking for and make the right connections? You (re)search.
This article will provide some ideas for searching Facebook and finding specific information.
1. Search Multiple Terms Simultaneously
You can search Facebook for two, three, four, or more things at once by adding the “|” sign (minus the quotation marks) between the terms. For example “MakeUseOf | Lifehacker” will give you the result pictured below. This way you can see results of terms you want to compare on a single page.
2. Specify Your Search
This may seem pretty obvious, but wait ’till I get there. You can display different types of results by clicking the categories listed to the left. OK, that was kind of obvious. Now note that the list also features an option to only search for posts by your friends or from everyone, i.e. all over Facebook.
And that’s where it gets interesting, as you can now filter the results by language and post types. This is perfect if you’re looking to hook up with people from a certain area or just find local information.
3. Facebook App: Advanced Search 2.2 Beta
Using Facebook apps you can fill a specific niche. The Advanced Search app improves your search options within Facebook. It adds several new categories and search options. For example you can search for applications and have the results sorted by ‘most fans’ or ‘relevance’.
4. Website: [NO LONGER WORKS] FacePinch
FacePinch is a real-time Facebook search engine. So if you’re wondering what is being said right now about say Justin Bieber, this is where you would find out. The site also keeps an eye on trending topics and popular searches.
To use either Facepinch or the following website, Openbook, you do not need to own a Facebook account. They are open to the public.
5. Website: Openbook
At Openbook you can basically do the same as on FacePinch, with one little difference. You can discriminate between updates from guys, girls, or all genders. So if you were interested in female opinion only, that would be the place to check it out.
The idea behind Openbook was to make people aware of what they put online and that there are consequences. Their tagline is “Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. Whether you want to or not.” Next to it is a button that says “Learn why this is bad!” If this made you think, be sure to check out our security-related Facebook articles listed below.
We have previously shown you how to search and find people and pictures on Facebook:
- 7 Tips For Effective Facebook People Search by Mahendra
- The Ins & Outs Of Doing An Effective Facebook Picture Search by Steve
Facebook is no longer a playground for only college kids. It has become an important marketing tool for businesses and private people alike. Now that you know what type of data is easily accessible, you should be even more careful about what information you release about yourself.
If you’re worried about people finding out stuff about you through Facebook, make sure you look over your privacy settings. These articles will shed some light on the matter:
- 6 Simple Tips To Protect Your Privacy on Facebook by Brett
- 8 Steps To Regain Control Of Your Facebook Privacy (Part 1) by Mahendra
- 8 MORE Steps To Regain Control Of Your Facebook Privacy (Part 2) by Mahendra
What is your experience with finding things on Facebook? Has it changed your life?