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Facebook Adds Trillions of Posts to Search Results

By piranha

29th October 2015

Last week, Facebook indexed nearly two trillion posts on the site in an attempt to make them easier for users to find.

Any status update that has been posted publically since the platform launched in 2004 will now be available for the world to see.

Previously, when users searched for a post using the search bar, only posts from their friends, groups and events would appear. Now when you use the search feature, it will bring up all of the relevant public posts.

Facebook’s head of search, Tom Stocky, said in his blog post; “With over 1.5 billion searches per day and over 2 trillion posts in our index, search is an important, long-term effort at Facebook. The team’s goal with Search FYI is to share our progress more frequently.”

“The diverse experiences and perspectives that are shared on Facebook can’t be found anywhere else. Your search results are personalized and unique to you and, as always, you can only see things that have been shared with you. Likewise, you control who can see your posts on Facebook and it’s easy to change the audience of your past posts any time.”

The company has made it clear that there are options available for those who don’t want their posts to be accessed by people they don’t know. In the settings tab, there is an option to limit past posts which means that all of the things you have posted since joining the site will only be able to be viewed by your friends, even if you originally set them to public.

At the moment, the update is only available to users in the U.S but it is expected that the company will roll out the changes elsewhere in the coming weeks.

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