Brace yourself, the most popular social network is expanding its search capabilities. Although it’s not about competing with Google’s search engine, Facebook Inc. has announced a new feature that will allow mobile users to search for old posts in their official app using keywords.
The feature is currently being tested with a small number of users which will gradually reduce the time taken to find old posts using keywords. The search feature was tested for desktop users last year in Beta. The “Graph Search” function available to certain desktop users allows Facebook to find the users needs which in turn would generate revenue. This has also made its way into the Facebook mobile app.
“We’re testing an improvement to search on mobile. In this test you can use a keyword to search for posts you‘re in the audience for on Facebook,” said a Facebook spokeswoman.
Analysts have expressed concerns over the feature as any user can be snooped and the comments will be visible to all. An analyst mentioned that old posts wouldn’t be buried in the News Feed which can be easily retrieved unless it is forgotten by the users. Google recently has removed its authorship from posts that are displayed on search results. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to make the social-networking site easier and deliver the posts that a user wants.
Though Facebook claims to have control in place over the Graph search in the case of children the system of entering any age makes the system flawed, making them prey to bullies. Facebook’s move to explore the search sector in mobile could bring in more features in the future.
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