Quick Tip – Searching Your Facebook Timeline For A Specific Post

UPDATE: 11/29/15 – Some folks have asked whether the solution works on mobile devices. I have tested Android (see results at the bottom of the post) and will be testing an iOS device today. Short answer is that it works great on Android, iOS remains to be seen.

UPDATE: 11/29/15 – Testing on an Apple 5C has confirmed that the search works in Facebook for iOS, as well (see bottom of this post). If you aren’t able to use the search feature documented below, please be sure that you are using the most recent version of the Facebook app.

–Sean


Three different people asked me similar questions about Facebook in the last month, which leads me to believe that even though this capability has existing for a while, some folks aren’t aware that you can search your Facebook feed for a post from the past. And it’s not just posts from the last week, it’s posts that go back years.

When Facebook introduced their updated search graph a couple years ago, one of the capabilities was the ability to search for posts from a specific person or even posted by you. As an example, I wrote a few haikus on Facebook a while back and I wanted to show them to my daughter while she was in the process of writing a haiku for school. In order to do that, I needed to search my own posts for the keyword “haiku”.

To do this, I simply typed “Posts by me with Haiku” and Facebook returned all posts where I was the author and I included the word “haiku”. Don’t judge my poetry.

Facebook graph search allows you to conduct queries of your old posts or even previous posts publshed by friends

Can find the awesome infographic that one of your friends posted about social media community management? Just use a query like “Posts by my friends social media management” or even “Posts liked by me social media management”. While most people use the search function to find friends, it really does offer a pretty robust content search capability.

There you have it. Search capability that allows you to find those posts you were looking for or had maybe even forgotten about.  If you really want to dig in and learn more about Facebook search and all of it’s robust commands, there’s a pretty good help section on Facebook dedicated just to search.

Hope that helps others out there!

–Sean


 

Great questions came up about whether this solution works on mobile devices. As you can see in the screen capture below, the solution works great on the Android Facebook app. I’ll be testing later today on iOS and will report back.

You can even search your Facebook posts using the Android app


As you’ll see below, testing on an Apple iPhone 5C confirms that the search function works with the most recent version of the Facebook app. If you aren’t able to use the search function, be sure to check to be sure you’re using the most recent version of the app.

You can even search you Facebook timeline using the Facebook app for iOS IPhone devices

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