Facebook today announced a major update to its search feature. The social network’s Graph Search, which lets you find people, places, and information based on human connections, is launching on mobile. Oh, and it can finally find Facebook posts, in addition to all of the above.
Graph Search first arrived in January 2013, and the company says users have been giving feedback on the beta ever since. The biggest request has been, unsurprisingly, being able to find posts you’ve seen before.
We’ve often been frustrated with seeing a post on our News Feed, and then being unable to find it a few hours later or even just moments after refreshing the page. “With a quick search, you can get back to a fun video from your graduation, a news article you’ve been meaning to read, or photos from your friend’s wedding last summer,” Facebook said.
Given that most of Facebook’s users are on mobile, it should be no surprise the other major request was better search on smartphones. Facebook said today’s updates were designed for mobile, and so they’re rolling out not just on the desktop, but in the iPhone app as well: