This week, Facebook has announced that it is adding a new search feature for desktop and iPhone users. This new update will give users the ability to search for keywords that are contained in old photos, posts,  videos and articles that have been shared with you on Facebook by your friends or pages you’ve Liked.

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Facebook’s vice-president of search, Tom Stocky wrote in a blog post:

Today we’re updating Facebook Search to make it easier to find the posts that have been shared with you. You’ve told us the most important thing is being able to find posts you’ve seen before, and now you can. 

Searching for an old post or photo is pretty easy and you just enter a keyword/s relating to the post you want to find. It will start auto-populating results as you start typing.

Here are some tips to improve your searching skills:

  • Like Google search, less is more when it comes to using keywords. Try to keep your keywords short and specific and you will get better results.
  • If you can remember the person or page that shared the post or photo, using the name of the person or page in your keyword search will narrow down the amount of results.
  • You can also change the category of results displayed by tapping on the Edit button on the tip-right corner when you are viewing search results

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You will only be able to search for posts that have been shared with you and vice versa. So for example, if you’ve shared posts to only a specific audience, only the selected audience will be able to search for the post.  Remember that you can review the things you’ve shared on Facebook and you can change the audience of anything you’ve posted. When you visit your Activity Log you can control what people can view on Facebook and this includes what they can search for.

Once this new feature is available to you, you will see a notification below the search box.

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