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Yesterday, I opened up my Facebook to find that I was part of the latest new feature roll-out. My Facebook is now sporting a new top header, and a BIG search box. It’s so big and inviting, so I immediately took it for a spin. There's some cool (and some slightly creepy) things you can do with it.
The Old Header:
The New Header:
Facebook search offers you many more suggestions now, and the interface is big and bold and easy to see. The suggestions actually make a lot of sense, and the web search is powered by Bing.
Pinterest style layouts are really hot right now, and the Facebook photo search makes great use of it. I can see photos of whatever I see in a mosiac layout, which makes the content read more like a story.
Ok so with Facebook, it’s no secret that there is a TON of data that can be searched. For better or worse all Facebookers have voluntarily shared information about themselves, including, in many cases, relationship status. And that means you can do this… (Faces are not blurred on actual Facebook, I just thought it was the right thing to do before blogging it to thousands of people!)
I’m trying to think of a positive, unstalkery use-case for this type of search. I suppose setting up my single male MarketMeSuite co-workers on blind dates just got a whole lot easier…
You may not see it yet. As with many Facebook features, they get rolled out to only a percentage of users first, before going user-wide, so stay tuned over the next days and weeks. How do you plan to use this new search?
Tammy Kahn Fennell is CEO and co-founder of MarketMeSuite (www.marketmesuite.com), the leading social media management dashboard for small- and mid- sized businesses. In late 2009, after spotting social media trends and recognizing the needs of small business from her own experience, Tammy launched the MarketMeSuite platform to help SMBs easily manage & monitor their social media presence, find targeted leads, build engagement and measure the ROI of their social marketing activities. Today the easy-to-use, affordable platform has over 30,000 users. Tammy has a lot to say on social media topics for small business, so she speaks and blogs frequently. She is also the owner and editor of the community driven blog, WeAreSocialPeople.com.