How to use Facebook Graph Search?


From this month, the traditional search bar in Facebook is being replaced by the new Facebook Graph Search for all US English Facebook users. This means that no matter where you are on the planet, you can try the new search today, as long as you set your language to English (US). Sooner or later the default search bar will be replaced throughout the network, so it’s time to have a look at the new feature and learn to use it.

The new graph search offers a much more complex search experience, allowing users to input very long search queries as long as there is data to return. Let’s start with searching for people on the network. As you start typing People who, Facebook offers suggestions for how to finish your search. To choose one of these suggestions, simply click on it. To add something to the end, just hit TAB and type the rest.

You can start your search by one of these entries, replacing the bold text by real-life examples:

People who
My friends who
Friends of my friends who
Friends of Friend’s Name who

Then, you can specify their background:

went to School
go to School
are from Country
work at Workplace
worked at Workplace in 2011

You can now specify their current situation or interests:

and live in Country
and live in City, Country
and like Band Name
and like Movie

By sending this search query, you will be returned a list of all the people who match these criteria.

Now we can make things more exciting, let’s repeat the same search beginning with Photos of (and enter the same query here). As you hit Enter, you can now see randomly picked photos of all the people we had in our previous result.

Moving on from people to other things, you can search for places these people like. Type Restaurants that (same query) like, and you should see a list of places the people in our first search like. You can specify the location the same way: Restaurants in City, Country that (you know the rest).

By now, you must have got the hang of it, so why not try and find some other tricks Facebook Graph Search is hiding?

By Gergely Sumegi

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