Quick recap on Social Media
One of the undisputed highlights of technology in the 21st century is the advent of social media sites. Clearly, it’s a development that has dramatically transformed how information moves around the globe. People have never found it so easy to capture the trend of current happenings in their environment and the rest of the world alike. It is as if information moves at a speed of light nowadays, thanks to the astronomical rise of social media in recent years. More so, the top social sites are now capable of swinging public view in matters of social and political significance. People are now more than ever able to reach out to others, spread ideas across nooks and crannies of the world without having to run helter-skelter from one radio station to television station paying for adverts and giggles just to get their voice heard. Right at the comfort of your home, you could have your own window through which you communicate with the rest of the world, you can’t just over-emphasize the importance of social media in this present age of digital communication.
Facebook has been particularly phenomenal in this regard given the number on the platform – you could reach over 1.5 billion people right at your personal computer or cell phone. Share your experiences with the world, keep a clique of friends, make new ones, find more customers, extend the reach of your brand, build that all-important network for your business – just name it!. From your exploits in the groups to learning how to create a successful facebook group, you can connect the like minds alongside other activities that will take your business to the threshold of success. With a facebook page, you can be in the fold of loyal followers that you can later nurture to outrageous super-fans, grow your authority among your tribe, have a community that always listens whenever you speak, and so on and so forth. That is not to mention other facebook features that can help brighten your social life, for instance, you can create an event on Facebook to organize gathering among people – even beyond facebook itself – who you both have common views in business endeavors.
Making facebook work for you and your business will depend on how best you can put its numerous features into use: knowing how to find your way on the network is the first step in this case. Fundamentally, you have to master your use of facebook for searching people you want to connect with. Being able to search and find the exact WHO and exact WHAT on facebook is a master art, and that’s what this article is going to teach you. How to search specific people, location, events, groups, pages, even photos and ads on facebook. Facebook is a community of 1.5 billion people, so tailoring your searches to specific areas cannot be more needed anywhere else than facebook. Discover below how to conduct the most in-depth search on facebook using its most powerful advanced search features.
Note that typeahead is only available when you’re using your computer (desktop/laptop) to access Facebook, but you can filter your queries searching on mobile too by going to this address: facebook.com/find-friends/browser, click on the search tab, you can then search people by name, phone number or email.
Mastering Facebook search filters
If the goal is to find friends from people in your past like former course mates, colleagues, a distant relation, neighbor, etc. You can go to “facebook.com/find-friends” on your computer, there you can filter your searches to different areas of your life: hometown, current city, high school, college, employers, etc.
You can select a filter by checking a small box before it, then type your query into the search box to choose from the list of drop-down filters
As earlier mentioned, you can search people just by typing your keywords in the dialog box at the top of your facebook profile. Now there are series of typeahead that will be popping up as you’re typing your keywords, some would match your keywords some won’t. But somewhere, either at the bottom or at the very top, is your exact keywords with a magnifying glass, click on it. You will be taking to a page like this:
Now you can filter your search results to people, places, pages, groups, events, even apps. You can click on the “Top” tab to see the top posts about your query (from your friends and groups you’re in and those by the public too).
This method is concerned with filtering your facebook search right from your browser address bar. The advantage of this method is that it is more flexible than those tips earlier mentioned. And more importantly, it is a foolproof strategy that could become your only available option on a rare occasion when facebook search system is hit by a bug, so it is an important tip to master. You will see examples of searching people using different criteria like location, workplace, education, and class year with this method.
[Note: you will need secure browsing to do this, if not, it will start with "HTTP://” instead of "HTTPS://”]
Now, paste the following into your address bar, but don’t hit enter yet:
Let me explain the filter names to use to find someone from different criteria we’re going to be searching from and their format:
The filter names are “q” for query (Note: query in this sense is the name of the person you’re searching for), “lo” for location,“wk” for workplace,“ed” for education, and “ny” for the class year,
You can append these filters to the URL in the address bar, using this format: &filtername=value
[Tha[That is: ampersand, filter name, equals sign, value]
If you want to search the name of a person, let’s say me, that URL becomes:
Now you can hit enter, you will see a list of facebook users named “Akinade Eniolabi”
Of course, this is not where we’re going – you want to be able to tailor your searches specific areas too:
Search by Location:
Let’s say you want to search your friend named “Susan West”, who resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Your URL will become:
You don’t need to write the whole thing like “Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania” to get the desired results. Even sometimes, writing the both city and state could screw up the search result for you. If you just know the state that the person lives in but not the city, you can put the state in there as your location:
If you must search the full city and state, then your URL will become:
https://www.facebook.com/search.php?type=users&q=Susan West&lo=Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Note the use of a comma. Like I have mentioned above, you may get poor results using both city and state together. Notwithstanding they’re perfect for search when you know the city and the state a person resides in. You can try out all the three methods to see which one brings best results for you.
You can easily search your friends from the schools they have attended. If you knew your friend “Susan West” went to the State University of New York at Fredonia, you can re-frame your URL as:
Just like the location filter, no need to write the entire “State University of New York at Fredonia”. Just the “Fredonia” keyword will do the work better, coz it might just be written as “SUNY Fredonia” in the person’s profile.
To get your result more specific: if you knew the graduating class year of your friend you’re searching for, you can tack the “ny” filter name to the end like so:
Note: You can also use the “ny” filter all by itself without the “ed” filter. If you knew your friend graduated in 2004 but weren’t sure of the school, or perhaps the exact name of the school location. You can use only the class year to filter your search. It will show the result for graduation year (High school, College etc,) for 2004.
The workplace filter works the same way as others. If your friend “Susan West” used to work at Walmart, you can filter your search as this:
Now that you’re conversant with these filters
You can combine the filters, just by appending them to the URL. For example, if your “Susan West” who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, used to work at Walmart. Then you will have your URL written as:
Adding the education and class year filters brings your URL to this:
Searching your friends without even knowing their names
With the help of this address bar method of filtering, you can search those friends of yours whose names have gone to the land of obscurity! 🙂 . You don’t need to know the names of those former colleagues, course mates, etc to be able to find them on facebook – maybe seeing them could help you recapture their memory. For example, if you want to search everyone who graduated from Forestville High School in 2004, you don’t need the “q” name filter to do this, your URL will be framed like this:
You can also use this type of search to find everyone who has worked with a certain employer or people who live in a particular area (town, state)