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facebook search Like no other social circle before, Facebook has managed to draw in the masses and keep people engaged. It’s almost a perversion that the one thing that makes users come back and convinces new ones to join, is the attention they give each other. It’s a genial system because it feeds its own growth, almost like a Perpetual Mobile.

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.

facebook search

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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.

facebook people search

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’.

facebook people search

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.

facebook people search

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.

facebook search

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:

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:

What is your experience with finding things on Facebook? Has it changed your life?

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    • Tina Sieber
      October 18, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Sidharth, I'm afraid you placed your comment under a different article than intended. The article above is about Facebook Search Tips. In any case, I'd take this question to a forum.

  2. fred123
    December 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    itt First i wass on myspace knw iamm on facebook butt i love itt.....................myy myspeca sickk two...it thtt..

  3. tom
    November 26, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Thankz for the tips!

  4. Premier Jack
    November 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    learn how to customize facebook

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  5. Tina
    November 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Angel,

    you should go to the Facebook Help page and ask this question. Their help engine will provide you with some resources, none of them will answer your question, so click that the answers were not helpful.

    I have a suspicion (!) that if you do that, your question gets forwarded to a human. They will review it and either add it to the Help section with an answer or silently fix the problem.

    Be as specific as you can be and add as many details as possible, including your operating system. If the issue doesn't get fixed, submit the question again.

    Please let us know if this works or in case you manage to find a fix!

  6. Angel B
    November 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I'm using Ubuntu, but I don't think that should make such a big difference. I tried Chrome, Opera and Firefox and I cannot see those options. Strange

    • Tina
      November 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      Angel,

      you should go to the Facebook Help page and ask this question. Their help engine will provide you with some resources, none of them will answer your question, so click that the answers were not helpful.

      I have a suspicion (!) that if you do that, your question gets forwarded to a human. They will review it and either add it to the Help section with an answer or silently fix the problem.

      Be as specific as you can be and add as many details as possible, including your operating system. If the issue doesn't get fixed, submit the question again.

      Please let us know if this works or in case you manage to find a fix!

  7. Angel B
    October 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I don't have the options you mention in #2 my searches. Specifying a language would be a godsend but I just don't have it. How do you enable that? Searching "Posts by friends" and "Posts by everyone" on my profile do not show anything like that :(

    • Tina
      October 31, 2010 at 5:38 pm

      As far as I am aware I did not do anything special to access this feature. I was logged in, initiated a search from my profile (search bar on top), then went to "Posts by everyone", and there is the option to filter by language as seen in the screenshot.

      It works on Firefox, Chrome, and IE for me. Are you using a script or anything to change your Facebook layout? That's all I can think of.

  8. Tina
    October 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    As far as I am aware I did not do anything special to access this feature. I was logged in, initiated a search from my profile (search bar on top), then went to "Posts by everyone", and there is the option to filter by language as seen in the screenshot.

    It works on Firefox, Chrome, and IE for me. Are you using a script or anything to change your Facebook layout? That's all I can think of.

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