Facebook has extended its Graph Search to include results from status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments. At the time of writing this article, post search was not enabled on our Facebook account, however, it appears that Facebook is rolling out the update batch wise.
This means that users can now search for posts, photo caption, check-in or perform any other text based search query. Users just need to type “Posts about Shahrukh Khan by my friends” to get results about updates from your friends about Shahrukh Khan. One can also search for posts written at a certain city or from a certain time, such as “Posts by my friends from last month,” “Posts written at The White House.” This also means that one can finally search their own updates.
Facebook informs that one can only see content that has been shared with you, including posts shared publicly by people one is not friends with. It’s not clear whether the graph search for posts will be available on mobile as well, however, according to an article by TechCrunch, there’s no mobile support yet, which doesn’t make sense, as the company is beginning to get more traction from mobile.
Facebook had introduced Graph Search back in March 2013 to provide answers to user natural language queries rather than a list of links. This makes sense, since a user typically structures a search query in the language that human understands. This is something even Google is trying to achieve with its cards. When one queries about weather, flight information, etc it now directly provides the information on its search result page.
Facebook in India
In August 2013, Facebook had announced that it has 82 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India for the quarter ending June 31, 2013. India currently accounts for 7% of Facebook’s user base, globally. Emily White, Facebook’s Director of Mobile Partnerships, had said a year ago that 30% of Facebook’s Indian users access the service only through mobile phones, and 30% of its new registrations in India were via mobile.
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