You can kiss good-bye good olâ days when you could count on limited exposure to your Facebook friends due to theirs not having enough time to meticulously comb through your entire Timeline.
But starting today and onwards, figuring out where you were, what you commented on your exâs photos, whether you mentioned âdrunkâ or F-words Â in posts and much, much more can become unravelled pretty easily.
Thatâs the power of Facebookâs updated Graph Search for you. After first experiencing Graph Search in action earlier this year, I went ecstatic. Finally, I could use Facebookâs search field for something more complex than barebone friends search. For example, as an avid photography fan I absolutely love the ability to filter just the photos my mom took in Prague back in 2007, or those of my significant other I snapped up last year.
That was merely warming up â" Facebook now includes more of your content in Graph Search than ever before, things like your posts (way overdue), status updates (useful), photo captions (fun), Notes (meh) and check-ins (creepy)â¦
Your friends â" just like yourself â" post ton of stuff on Facebook, but you probably miss most of it due to the overwhelming amount of information on a daily basis. As a result of this information overload,Â finding that precise piece of information about a Facebook friend used to be a Gargantuan task â" made just a tad easier only if you knew what and when to look for on their Timeline.
NowÂ youâll be able to search for status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments to uncover pretty much anything from other peopleâs Timeline that has been shared with you in the past, Facebook announced Monday  .
Iâm talking about stuff like finding out if Jane from the office bad-mouthed you in a photo caption or skimming your distant relativeâs Timeline to figure out whether they posted anything mentioning sensitive words like âmarijuanaâ or just finding out what your family is saying about Breaking Bad.
Using it couldnât be simpler: begin by clicking on the search bar at the top to start typing in your complex search query.Â Up pop Graph Search suggestions. You can then use the options under Refine This Search on the right to filter your results by author, keywords, location, comments and other things.
Hit the âSee Moreâ link for additional filtering options.Â Note that some filters have dropdowns that provide suggestions to refine your search. Removing a filter is as easy as clicking the âXâ on the right or choosing Remove from the dropdown.
Donât fret over privacy â" like before, you can only see content that has been shared with you, including posts shared publicly by people you are not friends with.
To me, itâs a great tool to unearth my Facebook past and relive those memories, all over again â" and a friendly reminder I should go back through my Timeline using the Activity Log to really rethink audience for some of my stupid status updates.
A few more example queries:
â¢ âPosts I commented onâ
â¢ âMy posts from last yearâ
â¢ âPosts written at LEXâ
â¢ âPosts about Breaking Bad by my friendsâ
â¢ âPosts about Miley Cyrus from my friendsâ
â¢ âPosts by my friends about dogsâ
â¢ âPosts about Obamacareâ
â¢ âPosts by my friends about dogsâ
Iâm sure everyone can come up with their own use case scenarios and have no doubt in my mind that avid Facebook users will love the new Graph Search. Iâm also imagining stalkers will have a field day data-mining their contacts.
Note that Facebook is currently rolling out the improved Graph Search to a small subset of US English users who currently have Graph Search. As the company is infamous for slow roll-outs, I wouldnât hold my breath for impending availability because itâs a soft-launch so the feature clearly isnât ready for prime time yet.
How does everyone like the expanded Graph Search so far?
Would you agree that it marks the beginning of the end of privacy by obscurity?
Does it make you uncomfortable knowing everyone on your Facebook list (with permission to see it)Â can not only look you up, but really drillÂ into where youâve been, what youâve said, with whom youâve interacted and much, much more?
From my vantage point, features like this will make careless posters think twice before sharing a status update that could come to haunt them later.