It’s been confirmed that Facebook is rolling out a new set of mobile search filters today that allows its users to refine results by date, location and/or source.
As of the writing of this post, I haven’t seen the update myself, but for some, doing a search in Facebook’s iOS app will prompt users with a pop-up alert show below:
This new feature will encourage users to “use filters to refine your sarch results with more precision.” From here, two of the five available tabbed search results will offer some extra filters – Top and Photos. The others, which includes People, Latest and Videos, don’t show the filters button in the upper right corner.
There are three filters that Facebook offers:
The results you get can be refine based on source, with options including “You,” “Your Friends” and “Your Friends and Groups.” With the fourth option, “Choose a Source,” you can type the name of a specific Facebook user. You can even include the names of brands and Pages as well. Apparently though, you can’t query the way Graph Search use to. As an example, you won’t be able to use phrases like “People who live in Oregon.”
Facebook says that this is a broad rollout of the new search filters, and that this isn’t a test. The rollout will begin with iOS, but the search filters are going to eventually make their way to Facebook’s Android app, as well as the desktop version.