Updated Facebook Search lets anyone see your public posts

23 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook improves Search, now shows news, popular links, and more.

Facebook has fed everyone’s public posts into its search engine, meaning that most updates will now be readily available for everyone — no matter how old they are. Moreover, search results will be split up into news results from trusted news sources, followed by people in your network, the most popular links around the topic, and finally, strangers. The move is an effort to make Facebook a better destination for finding news stories and is aimed directly at Twitter, which has long occupied the this slot. “Today, we’re updating Facebook Search so that in addition to friends and family, you can find out what the world is saying about topics that matter to you,” vice president of search Tom Stocky said in a blog post. Facebook hopes that the tool will allow it to become more of a way of finding out what is going on — it will be possible to search for how people are reacting to a news event, for instance, or to find everything that everyone has said about a certain TV show. He described search as an important, long-term effort at Facebook, which boasted an index of more than two trillion posts and daily searches already topping 1.5 billion daily.

It will also allow Facebook to track more accurately what people are talking about, so that its search tools can offer information about what’s going on. The update rolled out Thursday in US English to Facebook applications tailored for Apple or Android-powered mobile devices as well as for those accessing the social network from desktop computer browsers, according to Stocky.

When Facebook says it will pull out all relevant posts, it could also mean some of your embarrassing or personal posts that you may have accidentally posted under ‘Public’ settings will be made visible. Facebook is battling with Twitter and others to be the key source of news and conversations about news topics, especially for people on mobile devices. Facebook showed off how searching for “water on mars” would bring up everything that people were saying about Nasa’s announcement — but searching for a more personal, private event would do the same. Twitter early this month made it easy to seize hot tweets and high-profile posts from the flood of real-time commentary at the one-to-many messaging service. Let’s take a look at what you need to do to avoid your personal posts from going public: Under Privacy Settings and Tools, there is a section called future posts.

A new “Moments” feature that lets people quickly tune into “the best of Twitter” made its debut in the United States with a promise it would soon spread wider. Hundreds of millions of tweets are fired off daily on Twitter, among them comments from world leaders, celebrities and people in the midst of dramatic events, according to product manager Madhu Muthukumar. It is important to remember that many people take to Facebook to vent out their anger or emotions, which maybe momentarily, needless to say, emotions are subject to change according to the situation. The site also provides a review tool, which can be found in the “Who can see my stuff?” menu, that allows people to go through a timeline of everything they have posted and decide whether they want to make it private. You surely don’t want an old post to suddenly pop-up that is either embarrassing, too personal for public viewing or something that could possibly get you into serious trouble.

The same choice can be made whenever you post — just underneath the status update page sits an audience option, which adjusts who will see the update. While any like or comment on an older post will be indicated to the user, however, how many of you are really aware of the changes Facebook announces every other day?

The changes aren’t explicitly mentioned to every user, and not everyone digs into the long list of terms and conditions for privacy every other day.

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