How to Use Facebook Search Like a Social Media Pro!

How to Use Facebook Search Like a Social Media Pro!

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As I searched Facebook recently, these lyrics entered my head

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

Cyndi Lauper

This song could have been written about Facebook if only Facebook had been around when Cyndi wrote these lyrics in 1983!

Facebook is a good place for finding and sourcing social content, especially if you are looking for answers to questions or looking to find content to curate quickly to Facebook, or to other social media platforms.

In this article, you will learn how

  • Facebook search works
  • to search Facebook by keyword or hashtag
  • Facebook group search works
  • to curate Facebook content to Facebook and other platforms

Facebook Search by Keyword

Searching Facebook by keyword is as simple as it sounds.

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Type a keyword, or keyword phrase into the TOP SEARCH BAR on Facebook,
and related topic suggestions will pop up.
Once you click on the SEARCH RESULTS and topic you want,
you can narrow your search by type of content.

Find the following sub categories by keyword, or keyword phrase:

  • posts
  • people
  • photos
  • videos
  • marketplace
  • pages
  • places
  • groups
  • apps
  • events
  • links

Click on each option to find exactly what you are looking for. Once you have found what you were looking for, you can share, or interact with, that content.

Facebook Search by Hashtags

Searching Facebook by hashtag is similar to searching by keyword.

What you get though, are slightly different search results for the same words, if you add a hashtag. Yes, Hashtags do have a place on Facebook!

How To Search in a Facebook Group on Desktop

Utilizing Facebook search in Facebook groups is going to be the best way to find the most recent as well as the most relevant topics and conversations you might have missed while stepping away from the group for a period of time.

To search by topic on desktop, enter a keyword, or keyword phrase in the search bar.

Next, either click on the conversation you want (orange arrows), or move to ‘topics' (pink arrow) if you haven't found what you were looking for.

We know that information and latest posts seem to get buried in groups, especially in active groups like our very own Social Media Managers Facebook group which has 30,000+ members!

To get past that issue, go to the first post on the Facebook group wall, right underneath any announcements. You will find this grey ‘new activity' notification! (orange arrow) That is where you will want to click! (see image below)

Once you click on ‘new activity', you will see a pop up (pink arrow) and you are now free to choose from:

  • New Activity
  • Recent Posts
  • Top Posts

How Does Facebook Search Work on Mobile?

Pretty much the same way!

First, go to the group you want to search in.

Make sure you are in the Facebook group of your choice.
Write your search phrase in the white space bar.
Hit ‘search'
Now you can filter your search results! Click on ‘filter' (orange arrow)
This window wil pop up for you. Now you can filter your results by:

  • Posts you've seen
  • Most Recent
  • Posted by
  • Tagged Location
  • Date Posted

Facebook is a Great Place to Find Curated Content

Facebook is a great place to find content to curate to your Facebook pages and/or to other social media platforms.

The best way to share (aka curate) something you found on Facebook, is to use the Facebook share button. You can share an article, video or post to

  • your profile
  • a friends' profile
  • messenger
  • in a group
  • to a page

However, if you want to curate from Facebook to Facebook, but do not want to share it now but later, you need this workaround.

Once you've copied the URL of the original post, you can paste it into a post on a page.

Now take that ugly URL out (just backspace) and add your own description.

Last but not least, use the native Facebook ‘schedule' function to send it out at a later time!

This method works great for industry-related curated content you need for pages you manage.

If you want to curate content found on Facebook to other social media platforms, we suggest you go to the original source by clicking through on the post.

Now you are at the original source of the article posted on the Social Media Examiner page.

Once you have clicked through to the original source, whether is a website or blog, or a YouTube video, you can post this content on any platform you prefer, and in your preferred timeslots.

We do suggest that you tag or h/t (hat tip) the original poster if it is a breaking story, or if you are building any sort of relationship with that brand.

They sure would appreciate an acknowledgment of shared content.

How do you use Facebook search? Was this information helpful? Let us know in a comment below.

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