Facebook just rolled out an update to its Graph Search service. At its most basic, Graph Search makes it easier to find things on Facebook.
Want to pull up that funny picture your friend shared months ago? Don’t go scrolling through your history, type “photos from Jane” in the search bar at the top of the page.
Well, the new version goes beyond photos and includes posts and comments. You can even sort and filter by time or location. So, if you want to find an old conversation about a certain event, you can pull it up in seconds.
Of course, it also means your friends can pull up things you might wish you hadn’t posted. If you aren’t careful, complete strangers can find things you’ve said.
There’s no need to fear, though. I can show you how to use this new feature and still protect your privacy.
Let’s start with a reminder of what Graph Search actually does. It combines Facebook’s traditional search with keywords and conversational search pegs. Pegs are the words you usually don’t use in a regular search, like “the,” “in” or “near”.
That means you do more in-depth searches to find people or businesses that meet certain criteria. For example, you could search for “people who live in Chicago and like fishing” or “restaurants my friends like that deliver.” Facebook will return pages that fit those descriptions.