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27/12/2010 by

A New Facebook Feature: Search

Facebook has a tendency to change it’s features without warning me. As I am growing older I find that change is challenging my flexibility. The amount of changes Facebook undergoes and my frequent visits to Facebook have a positive effect on my flexibility. Especially when the changes are for the better.

Last week Facebook hasn’t changed, but has added a new feature. Thus, improving the network and making it’s first small step into the world of Search. Google, be warned.  

The new feature makes it possible to search within your News Feed. Facebook’s News Feed used to give you two options, Top News and Most Recent News. Top News is Facebook’s algorithmic choice of the most interesting stories from your feed. The algorithmetic choice is based on how often the your friend uses Facebook, which might not always give you the Top News. Most Recent News is a list of all the latest news from your friends as they appear.

The new feature allows you to search within the News Feed for ‘structures’ like games, photos, links etc. What Facebook has done is, they have changed the Most Recent option into a drop-down menu that reveals a slew of options. The drop-down menu gives you access to the Live Feed settings, where you can determine whether you want to see more or fewer stories from a specific user.

It is my opinion that this is a small step, but a step which might have huge consequences. Adding extra search options can also create new possibilities on being found within the News Feed. Twitter has the #, making it an interesting advertising platform. No clue what Facebook will come up with, but with its huge amount of users it can be a serious challenger agains Google.

Time will tell, and with Facebook time travels fast.

ViralBlog read it first at Insidefacebook.


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