Three different people asked me similar questions about Facebook in the last month, which leads me to believe that even though this capability has existing for a while, some folks aren’t aware that you can search your Facebook feed for a post from the past. And it’s not just posts from the last week, it’s posts that go back years.
When Facebook introduced their updated search graph a couple years ago, one of the capabilities was the ability to search for posts from a specific person or even posted by you. As an example, I wrote a few haikus on Facebook a while back and I wanted to show them to my daughter while she was in the process of writing a haiku for school. In order to do that, I needed to search my own posts for the keyword “haiku”.
To do this, I simply typed “Posts by me with Haiku” and Facebook returned all posts where I was the author and I included the word “haiku” (don’t judge my poetry).
Can’t find the awesome infographic that one of your friends posted about social media community management? Just use a query like “Posts by my friends social media management” or even “Posts liked by me social media management”. While most people use the search function to find friends, it really does offer a pretty robust content search capability.
There you have it. Search capability that allows you to find those posts you were looking for or had maybe even forgotten about. If you really want to dig in and learn more about Facebook search and all of it’s robust commands, there’s a pretty good help section on Facebook dedicated just to search.
Hope that helps others out there.
This post originally appeared on Sean Nicholson’s website