Previously Mentioned Graph Facebook Search provides a search bar at the top of the website to find things using keywords and phrases. It lets you filter the results to refine them down to just the handful that’s most relevant to you.
The best future about Facebook’s search bar is that it’s very straightforward: Not only are the results easy to understand, but you also can let Facebook complete the search for you. If you’re not sure how to find something, start typing exactly what you want, and you’ll see auto-suggested words and phrases. This search bar is geared toward natural-language searches, so an ordinarily phrased search is likely to bring you the results you want.
Find Facebook Posts by Keyword
Scrolling through someone’s page to find a Facebook post they published yesterday, or even a few hours ago, can prove quite the task if this person is a heavy user. Facebook allows you to search for specific words and phrases, whether posted today or years ago.
You might use this type of Facebook search to locate posts by a particular friend or to see what the public is saying about a specific topic.
- Type a word or group of words into the search bar.
- Hit the Posts tab at the top of Facebook to refine the search away from videos, apps, photos, etc.
- Pick a random Facebook friend from the POSTS FROM section or click Your
- Friends and Groups. Click Anyone to see public posts.
- You can also sort the results by Top Posts or Most Recent, as well as show only posts you’re familiar with, posts in a specific Group, posts tagged from a particular location, and posts created on a specific date.
Locate a Stranger You Just Met
Say you met someone over the weekend in Kansas City, and all you know is that his name is Matt. Instead of searching through all of Facebook for someone with that name or browsing through Kansas City groups to spot him, you can combine two search filters to narrow down the results vastly.
- Type the name in Facebook’s search bar.
- Choose People as the filter.
- Below CITY, click Choose a City and type the proper city name.
- Under MUTUAL FRIENDS on the left side of Facebook, click Anyone to avoid looking for this person in your existing friend’s list.
- If you know this person attends a specific college or workplace or has a mutual friend, it’s even easier to find him. Find the job or school under WORK or EDUCATION, or pick the mutual friend from the MUTUAL FRIENDS area.
Search for Nearby Restaurants Your Friends Like
Facebook got a secret restaurant search tool that you can access only after searching for a Restaurant from the search bar. You can even see restaurants your friends have “liked” on Facebook.
- Enter restaurants nearby in the search bar.
- Click Places at the top of Facebook.
- Click Visited by Friends in the left menu.
- You can filter the results even more by picking a cuisine such as pizza, Chinese, vegetarian, etc. There’s also an Open filter, price picker, and a filter for takeout, reservations, etc.
A similar method to complete the search is to type something like a pizza into the search bar and then pick the Friends filter to show pizza places liked by your friends.
All the restaurants shown have been liked by at least one of your Facebook friends. If you access the company’s Facebook page, you can see which friends liked it from the Community section.
Tip: This search works for all types of businesses; type the name — like a bank, escape room, etc. — to see those results.
See Upcoming Events Your Friends Are Attending
If you have Facebook friends who say they’re “interested” in events on Facebook, finding those events is comfortable with the Events filter.
Key in an event name or keyword into the search bar. For example, Music is a good one for musicals or anything music-related. If you know the exact name, you can type that instead, like Music on Main!
- Click Events above the results.
- Click Popular with Friends on the left side.
You can filter the results by location and date, too, if there are too many results to sift through.