Facebook Announces That Their Graph Search Will Now Include Posts And Status Updates

On Monday, Facebook announced that posts and status updates would now be included in the results of their Graph Search. This will allow users to search for content that includes photo captions, check-ins and comments. Whilst it has only been rolled out to a small group of users to begin with, their feedback will be vital in altering Graph Search before it’s rolled out as a whole.

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The basic operation of Graph Search will remain the same, however, with users only being able to see content that has been shared with them (including content from friends) and posts that have been shared publicly. Users are encouraged to use privacy shortcuts and Activity Log to review who can see the things that they share through their own accounts.

In the Newsroom post announcing the new Graph Search feature, Facebook said that users will be able to “search for topics (they’re) interested in and see what your friends are saying”, “search for posts about a city, place or from a certain time” and “search for posts that (they) want to see again”. Overall, the feature is designed to make the popular social network more enjoyable.

As feedback comes in from the small group of users who have been granted access to the new-look Graph Search feature, it is believed that it will be rolled out to more users. Facebook have also verbalized their commitment to improving the feature continuously in the future. If you would like to learn more, visit Facebook’s Help Center.

Facebook Now Allow Public Posts To Be Embedded

On August 1, Facebook began allowing ‘public’ posts to be embedded on third-party websites. This is a strategy that Twitter originally created in 2010 and one that Instagram recently copied, too. It is believed that this new embedded post function is a result of Facebook trying to embrace the idea of public content, even though its origins lie in private sharing.

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Whilst the embedded function has not been implemented across the whole of Facebook as of yet, you are able to see a preview of it on
5 websites – Bleacher Report, CNN, Huffington Post, Mashable and People. Soon, however, it is expected that we will all be able to see the ‘embed’ option in drop-down arrows on newsfeed and timeline posts.

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And Facebook have revealed that their embedded function will include all the bells and whistles – you will be able to embed posts with text, pictures and video, not to mention like and comment, follow public figures, like pages, and clickable hashtags (which will take you back to Facebook). You will, however, be restricted to public posts only.

Buy why has Facebook decided that their new embedded function is a good idea and the best way forward? Well, one of their basic goals is to increase their footprint on the web and create more in-roads to their website. Basically, they are looking for new and improved ways to draw traffic to the Facebook site, and allowing users to embed posts will help this.

“Let newsmakers embed your content and they’ll look to you for material, likely publish more to you, and you’ll have more content to advertise against,” says Josh Constantine of Tech Crunch. The fact is there’s huge traffic and influence to be had by becoming a source of breaking news and eyewitness accounts. And Facebook is trying to buy into this.

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