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Facebook Search Basics

Facebook Search Basics
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6 People Search Engines You Can Use to Find Anyone Finding people online is easy if you have the right tools. You can track down someone's phone number, figure out their address, see their relatives, dig up their email address, read arrest records, and more when you use a people search engine. Why Use People Search Engines Maybe you need to find a long-lost school friend or locate a relative that you haven't heard from in years. Another reason to use a people search tool is to simply verify information that you have on someone, like your neighbor, a new friend, or a potential employee. People search engines like the ones listed below are super helpful tools that are built with a hyper-focus to find only people-related information. If you find yourself with one of these people finder websites and you want your information removed, there's usually a form you can fill out on the website to request they delist your personal details. TruePeopleSearch What We Like Lots of free results.Three ways to search for people.Last name not required. Facebook

5 Tips for Facebook Graph Search Optimization Facebook announced Graph Search today in its press conference, a new form of social search that relies on friends and connected parties to find interesting results. Instead of traversing search archives about topics, Graph Search lets you traverse social networks for people who know about the topics. It should take almost no time for Graph Search Optimization companies to spring up overnight for optimizing your marketing programs for Graph Search. I’ll save you some time with a few simple guidelines based on what Facebook has revealed. 1. It’s about who you know. 2. Also, you can fling anything you heard about the value of a Facebook Like straight out the window now, if you haven’t already. 3. Get your friends, customers, prospects, and evangelists to Share your stuff as often as possible. 4.

6 Most Powerful Search Engines for Social Networks Are you looking for a long-lost friend or an ex-colleague? Perhaps you’re trying to catch up with the latest trends on Twitter The 10 Weirdest Trends That Took Social Media by Storm There have been some awfully weird trends on social media. How many of these do you remember? How many have you taken part in? Read More ? Advertisement Of course, most social networks have their own search engines built in, but they’re fundamentally limited by the fact they can only search their own database. The solution? If you need a social search engine, you’ve come to the right place. 1. Pipl offers a vast database of online accounts – almost three billion are accessible through its search algorithms. The search engine doesn’t only scan social media networks. To use the tool, enter the person’s name, email address, or social media handle What Is a Social Media Handle? The results page will show you hits from across the site’s various databases. 2. 3. 4. 5. It works with six networks. 6.

Facebook's new business plan: from utility to monopoly | Dan Gillmor The tweet, posted a little over two years ago by someone with deep connections in the internet world, was illuminating. It said, simply: "A friend working for Facebook: 'we're like electricity.'" I recalled that tweet last week when Facebook made two announcements of note. The second announcement was relatively minor in the bigger scheme of things – Facebook's plan to charge a fee, rumored to be $7, for users who want to place a post high in their followers' news feeds. Both moves spoke to the growing influence of this still-young company, and to its genuine potential to become what amounts to a public utility. Facebook's ever-expanding user base is easy to understand. One of Facebook's most audacious initiatives has been in the developing world. Electricity? Facebook's goal is not just to connect people with each other, but also to be the ubiquitous entry point for those connections.

Social Media Search: 5 Super Tools for Searching Social Media If you ever tried to do social media search using social media platforms, you probably found that the results are often not great. But there are tools that can help. In this post, I’ll introduce you to seven tools that will help you find more detailed and accurate information on social media related to your business or anything else that interests you. 1. Social Media Search using Social Searcher When you go to Social Searcher you’ll see a search box similar to the following. When you enter your keywords in Social Searcher, the tool will return results for mentions across all major social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr. You can choose to sort results by Date or Popularity, and also use filters to narrow your search results by Sentiment, Post Types, and Social Networks. 2. We recently did a post on using Google Advanced Search for Blog Research. Some of these commands can also be used to search social platforms. inurl:pepsi 3. 4. 5.

Facebook's Graph Could Be OkCupid, Yelp, and LinkedIn, All in One - Rebecca J. Rosen Facebook unveils a powerful new search tool that will put the wisdom of your friends at your fingertips. Facebook Perhaps you've posted on Facebook something like this: "Anyone have any good book recommendations?" Or maybe you've said, "Hey, I'm looking for a good primary care physician, anyone know of one?" I've seen hundreds of these posts, and the reason is that, even with all the power of Google, there are just some things that your friends know better. Today, Facebook unveiled a new search tool they are calling Graph, and with Graph, they are hoping they can make much better use of all that data people have been leaving on Facebook for years. Movies my friends like -- which pulls up, as you would expect, movies your friends have liked, but gives it some nice contextual information showing additionally other similar moviesPhotos of my friends in 2009Friends who live in Palo Alto who like Game of Thrones"People named Chris who are friends of Lars and went to Stanford."

Commentary: It’s Facebook’s algorithm vs. democracy, and so far the algorithm is winning — NOVA Next Over the last several years, Facebook has been participating—unintentionally—in the erosion of democracy. The social network may feel like a modern town square, but thanks to its tangle of algorithms, it’s nothing like the public forums of the past. The company determines, according to its interests and those of its shareholders, what we see and learn on its social network. The result has been a loss of focus on critical national issues, an erosion of civil disagreement, and a threat to democracy itself. Facebook is just one part—though a large part—of the Big Data economy, one built on math-powered applications that are based on choices made by fallible human beings. Facebook's algorithm—driven in part by likes and shares—has upended civil discourse. In 2008, when the economy crashed, I witnessed the power of these “Weapons of Math Destruction” firsthand from my desk at a hedge fund in New York City. In many cases, WMDs define their own reality to justify their results.

Now's a really good time to update these Facebook privacy settings As details of Facebook's Graph Search unfolded this morning , users heaved a sigh of relief when they learned that Facebook would not be exposing our innermost privacies with its latest product -- the company would simply search the data we've already (willfully) shared and make it easily accessible to friends. Your data. Easily accessible to friends. In the new search bar, a Facebook user can search for something like, "Friends who like 'Star Wars' and cooking." Immediately, Facebook will dig through that user's friends' likes and interests to find relevant matches. But circa 2008, when Facebook introduced Pages that you could "Like" (like "drinking beer" and "Tyra Banks") you probably didn't think that those Likes would later transform into indexed bits of data used in a robust tool called Graph Search. For example: No matter how subtle the piece of information, friends can and will dig it up using Graph Search. It's easy to vilify Graph Search, but really, it's not all bad. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Social Searcher - Free Social Media Search Engine Is Facebook a human right or a weapon? There was a very disturbing and significant social media-related court ruling last week that, curiously, has received little notice or commentary on the web. Let’s change that shall we? A U.S. Federal Appeals Court ruled that an Indiana state law that bans registered sex offenders from Facebook is unconstitutional. The ruling means thousands of Indiana’s registered sex offenders are now free to use Facebook and other social sites used by millions of children with computers and smartphones. Is social media a human right? The appeal was made by an Indianapolis man who had been convicted and served three years in prison on two counts of child exploitation. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana represented the man and argued that sex offenders are unjustly barred from using Twitter and Facebook, which can be used to do legitimate business over the Internet. The 7th District US Court of Appeals agreed with the ACLU and overturned the law, which has been in place since 2008. Taking action

*The one word reporters should add to Twitter searches that you probably haven’t considered I’m a senior staff editor at The New York Times, reporting for our Express Team. Before that I was a staff editor on our social media desk for two years. Please forgive the gimmicky headline. Earlier this year, Michael Paulson, a New York Times reporter who covered religion, emailed me with an idea and a question. Yep, we found them. I was able to quickly find 13 possible sources for Michael, and he reached out to all of them; most were happy to talk. (To play along at home, try to guess which search terms we used for each source to find him or her.) Source 1 Francesca Hogi, 40, had settled into her aisle seat for the flight from New York to London when the man assigned to the adjoining window seat arrived and refused to sit down. Source 2 Laura Heywood, 42, had a similar experience while traveling from San Diego to London via New York. “I wasn’t rude, but I found the reason to be sexist, so I was direct,” she said. Source 3 Source 4 Some passengers are sympathetic. Source 5 Flight was good.

Understanding Facebook’s EdgeRank A recent controversy over average Facebook Page reach led Facebook to publicly announce the four main factors it uses to determine the reach each Page post gets. Reach refers to the number of your Facebook fans (users who Like your Page) who see each of your posts in their News Feed. The 4 Factors Whether you interacted with an author’s posts before: If you Like every post by a Page that Facebook shows you, it will show you more from that Page.Other people’s reactions to a specific post: If everyone on Facebook that’s shown a post ignores it or complains, it’s less likely to show you that post.Your interaction with posts of the same type in the past: If you always Like photos, there’s a better chance you’ll see a photo posted by a Page.Complaints: If a specific post has received complaints by other users who have seen it, or the Page that posted it has received lots complaints in the past, you’ll be less likely to see that post. This factor became a lot more prevalent in September 2012.

Advanced Twitter Search Commands By Tracy Z. Maleeff Most people—and not only information professionals—are familiar with Twitter. The social media platform, originally an outlet for individual expression, is becoming a breaking news and information-sharing platform. However, information professionals underutilize and undervalue Twitter as a research tool, although they may use it to follow what’s happening in real time at library conferences. Twitter offers users a medium through which to send messages of no greater than 140 characters—at least as of now. There is a wealth of information on Twitter. Twitter’s extensive global reach can yield vast amounts of unique data that you can tap into—if you use the right search queries. The from: and to: commands reveal the origin and destination of tweets. What results will this search yield? Perhaps the simplest of searches, this is the easiest way to get a comprehensive list of all the tweets sent from or to a particular Twitter handle. How is this information useful?