A new update from Facebook is rolling out today, in which a function that allows members to search through more than 2 trillion posts, just like on Google, was added. Users can access this features through a search bar on the website or on its mobile app.
For example, if you type “water” in the search box, Facebook will auto-suggest popular search terms such as “water on Mars” and if an users clicks or taps on a result, a list with articles, videos, quotes, related posts from their friends, groups and other Facebook users will appear.
This new feature will expand Facebook’s search capabilities which were limited to things like places, friends, events and groups. This means that 1.5 billion users could now find who amongst their friends like the same thing as the user who made the search. Imagine typing you favorite artist and being taken to their official or fake Facebook pages or fan groups, but also receiving news and updates about them and even learning whom of your friends share the same musical interests, in just a few seconds.
“Facebook has a lot of that content and perspectives and opinions. Going from searching on your network to searching everything on Facebook is a big step.” said Rousseau Kazi.
This feature will be available for now, only for people who use US English settings starting today. As for when the update will expand to all Facebook users, the company did not say a thing, but it sure does look like Facebook is trying to replace the old fashioned “Search it on Google”.