Facebook's Search FYI makes all public user posts available

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 23, 2015
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Facebook

Facebook announced the launch of Search FYI yesterday, an update to the social network's traditional search tool that lets users search Facebook's complete index of posts. According to Facebook, it has indexed more than 2 trillion posts by its users which all become searchable after the update.

Everything that Facebook users have posted publicly is now available via search, and while users should be aware that public posts they make on Facebook are publicly accessible, it seems that many are still careless about what they post on the site.

Facebook notes that users of the site run more than 1.5 billion searches a day, and that search is one of the most important parts of the site.

Search FYI ships with a bunch of new features including better search suggestions while you are still typing. These suggestions are personalized based on your activities on Facebook, recent events and the friends you have on the site.

facebook search fyi

Search delivers the most relevant public posts along with posts that friends have made, there is a new "happening now" tag, and a new sort order for results starting with top posts at the top, and friends and groups results below that.

Another new feature that is part of the update is to quickly look up information about links that you stumble upon allowing you to join the conversation or find out more about it.

Search FYI is rolling out as we speak for mobile devices and the desktop. It is initially only available in US English.

Manage your public posts on Facebook

You have two options to manage public posts that you have made in the past. The first option is to vet them one by one either from the Privacy Settings and Tools page, or by visiting your page on Facebook directly and going through the posts manually you made there.

The second option, which you find on the Privacy Settings and Tools page as well, allows you to change the audience of all past posts you made.

You find it under "who can see my stuff" on the page. There you need to click on the "Limit Past Posts" link and then on the limit button that is displayed afterwards.

facebook limit past posts

Doing so will limit all past posts that you have made on Facebook to "Friends". This means that the visibility of any "public" or "friends of friends" posts will be changed to "friends".

It offers a quick and easy way to limit the visibility of past posts which is especially useful if you are active on Facebook or were active in the past on the site.

Closing Words

Facebook Search FYI improves the accessibility and visibility of all user posted contents on the site that have been marked as public by Facebook users.

Now You: I don't really use search on Facebook, other than the occasional look-up of a long lost friend. What about you?

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Facebook launched Search FYI yesterday in the US making all public posts by all Facebook users on the site available via search.

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  1. Christoph Wagner said on October 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    I just want open graph search back. A year or so ago I could search through my friends and FoFs, now it doesn’t work anymore.

    I also hope I can search my own private posts. Sometimes someone asks me something and I can’t find the answer but I know I posted about the topic on facebook, searching my posts (which are all private) would be really helpful.

  2. Joe Mezzanini said on October 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    What is VK?

    1. anon said on October 23, 2015 at 11:34 pm
    2. Nebulus said on October 23, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      A Russian based social network.

  3. Yuliya said on October 23, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I use VK. Last time that I logged into my Facebook account was like a month ago or so. Spyware. Constantly asking me for personal info that I have no interest to give away.

  4. ozar said on October 23, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    In reply to Martin B’s question above:

    No sir… I don’t use/visit FB at all, and have never signed up for an account with them. I can’t even imagine that ever changing.

    Thanks for the article! :)

  5. Joe Mezzanini said on October 23, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Will it be part of FB or another app for download?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      It is part of Facebook.

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