Facebook Adds Public Posts To Search, More Frequent Updates May Be Coming

A view of facebook's logo May 10, 2012 i There has been announcement by Facebook that some incremental search improvements and a new “channel” for its news room (Search FYI) are coming that will provide updates on the evolution of search at Facebook.  So what does this mean?  More than likely, we’ll be seeing some more “search activity” going forward from this point.

The announcement came in a blog post, where Facebook’s VP of Search, Tom Stocky, said that the company is seeing “over 1.5 billion searches per day and over trillion posts in our index.”

As of today, Facebook users will see or be able to:

  • Have more timely and more personalized search suggestions.  This could mean that there will be a real-time dimension to the suggestions, such as when it comes to big stories or news events.
  • Search public posts, as well as friends’s posts.  Facebook rolled out the ability to search friends’ posts back in December.
  • Search public conversations

To get into more detail about the last item, Facebook had this to say:

“When a link gets shared widely on Facebook, it often anchors an interesting public conversation. Now there’s a new way to quickly dive into that discussion. With one tap, you can find public posts about a link, see popular quotes and phrases mentioned in these posts, and check out an aggregate overview of sentiment.”

The first to get this update will be offered in (US) English for iOS, Android and PC.  This new update is mostly about mobile, as mobile drives 87 of daily active usage, as well as 76 percent of ad revenue.

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