There’s a lot of information on Facebook, but it might be difficult to discover what you need. Here are some of the top Facebook search tips you should know about.
Facebook’s search feature is a wonderful tool if you know how to utilize it. You can get information on everything from where your friends’ images were shot to nearby family-friendly events.
Here are our top Facebook search tips and methods if you want to find more of what you’re looking for on Facebook.
1. How to Begin Using Facebook Search
Searching on Facebook works how you’d expect it to at its most basic level. You type in the keyword you’re looking for, and a list of results appears. The results are automatically classified into different types. The order in which they appear is determined by the query you submitted and your location.
You’ll find results from public posts, groups, pages, images, videos, and more as you scroll down.
2. Make use of Facebook’s search filters
The filters are located on the left side of the screen. You can use them to condense your list of results into a more reasonable number.
The former default filters of Posts from, Post type, Posted in group, Tagged location, and Date posted are no longer available following Facebook’s significant revamp in mid-2020. A new set of 11 filters has taken their place. The new filters each have a distinct focus and specialized sub-filters that allow you to fine-tune your results even more.
Posts, People, Photos, Videos, Marketplace, Pages, Places, Groups, Apps, Events, and Links are the new filters. Throughout the rest of the post, we’ll go through several of these filters and sub-filters in greater depth.
3. Look for posts on Facebook
Many text-based Facebook search bar instructions are no longer functional (for example, “find images liked by [name]”). They have been merged into the new filters instead.
Posts is the initial filter, and it has four sub-filters. The toggle for Posts you’ve seen is perhaps the most useful of the three. We’ve all had those moments were we saw something in our feed but couldn’t find it later in the day; this setting helps by just displaying posts that you scrolled past.
You may also sort the posts by location tags. If you want to find out what others are saying about a location on the other side of the world, this is the filter to use.
4. Look up photos on Facebook
For Photos, there are four sub-filters to choose from: Date posted, Posted by, Photo type, Tagged location
You can use the Photo type filter to limit your search to photos you’ve seen in your news feed or to show results from the entire Facebook database. Both the Posted by and Tagged Location boxes allow you to input any name or location.
5. Look for videos on Facebook
In addition, Facebook’s video search feature now offers several new filters. There are now toggles for live videos and group videos, in addition to the sorting choices and the ability to select a tagged area.
If you enable the Live toggle, you’ll be able to see live broadcasts as well. For example, live videos that have concluded will not be included in the results. If you’d like more information, see our article on how to watch Facebook live on both desktop and mobile.
6. Look up a location on Facebook
Another tool that has become notably more powerful in recent years is Facebook Places. The tool can assist you in finding a restaurant, a family activity, or nearby tourist attractions.
The Places search’s sub-filters are just as powerful.
There are seven sub-filters to choose from:
- Open Now
- Visited by friends
They can help you narrow down your results until you locate the exact location you’re looking for.
7. Look for jobs on Facebook
There are many of resources on the internet to assist you with your job search. Facebook’s job-search tools, on the other hand, are a great option that many people overlook. You can utilize the function to look for a new job in any country.
To begin, go to Facebook’s site and click on the Jobs link in the left-hand panel. The filters haven’t been updated to the new design available on the Facebook search queries page as of this writing. You can still filter by location, job type, and sector using the left-hand menu.
8. Look for items in the Facebook Marketplace
Although Facebook will never be able to compete with Amazon, its Marketplace has quickly become a popular site to purchase and sell goods. In many respects, Facebook makes it easier to find items than eBay. Everything from a brand-new iPhone to a used automobile may be found on Craigslist.
Searching the Marketplace is a little different than searching the rest of the social network for content. To get started, click the link in the left-hand side to go to the Marketplace.
Enter your basic search term and hit Enter once the page has loaded. After that, you’ll need to use the filters to narrow down your options. You can adjust the Category, Location, Item Condition, and Price filters.
(Note: Before making a purchase on Facebook Marketplace, make sure you’re familiar with Facebook’s refund policy.) The Marketplace is not subject to the same regulations as the rest of Facebook’s services.)
9. Look for events on Facebook
The events tool, like Facebook’s Places function, is a terrific way to find out what’s going on in your area right now.
The three most useful filters are arguably the Online Events toggle, the Family-friendly toggle, and the Popular with friends toggle. You can filter by location, date, and categories, but the three most useful filters are arguably the Online Events toggle, the Family-friendly toggle, and the Popular with friends toggle.
10. Look through Facebook Groups
The Groups search is the final Facebook filter worth mentioning. You can use the sub-filters to refine the results into groups in specific locations that meet your interest after entering a keyword.
It’s especially helpful if you’re someone who belongs to hundreds of Facebook groups and needs a way to navigate through them.
Use Facebook instead of Google!
Facebook’s search feature is unlikely to ever challenge Google as the most popular way to find information on the internet.
However, Google’s search engine is unable to access much of Facebook’s material. Many users have de-indexed their profiles, making it impossible for Google to find photographs and videos that other users on the social network have liked.
As a result, you should add Facebook’s search feature to your arsenal. It’s only one of a slew of other search engines that can help you uncover stuff that Google can’t.