Facebook Rolls Out New Version of Search to All Users
Article by George Norman
On 11 Aug 2009
250 million accounts strong social networking site Facebook, after testing new Search versions on a select group of users last month, has announced that the testing phase is over and it is implementing a new version of Search and making it available to everyone on Facebook. This is the second time today that Facebook makes the headlines – earlier today we reported that Facebook acquired FriendFeed for an undisclosed amount of money. Following the acquisition, FriendFeed continues to function as normal, but this may change in the future.

Getting back to Facebook and the new Search, Software Engineer Akhil Wable explained that it was the success of the testing phase that determined the social networking site to roll out the new version of Search to every Facebook user. The software engineer also explained how the new Search version works.

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“You now will be able to search the last 30 days of your News Feed for status updates, photos, links, videos and notes being shared by your friends and the Facebook Pages of which you're a fan. If people have chosen to make their content available to everyone, you also will be able to search for their status updates, links and notes, regardless of whether or not you are friends. Search results will continue to include people's profiles as well as relevant Facebook Pages, groups and applications,” said Wable.

Searching for something could not be easier. In the upper-right corner of the page you will notice a search box; enter you query in it and see what results Facebook fetches. To more easily locate whatever you are looking for, on the left-hand side of the page there are some filters – like for example the option to view posts only from your Facebook friends or posts from a specific person or group.

Speaking of search, Google has launched a web developer preview known as the Caffeine update – as part of this preview you are invited to test Google’s next generation search architecture (details here).



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