Facebook now lets you search for old forgotten posts

Facebook is now updating its search to help you find anypost shared with you before.

Facebook now lets you search for old forgotten posts

It used to be that once a useful, interesting or embarrassing old post fell out of your newsfeed, it was gone - you'd have to trawl through someone's timeline day by day, month by month, in an effort to find it.

No longer- Facebook is rolling out an update to search that will let users search for any post they've seen before.

In an announcement on the Facebook blog, the company said updates will let you find, with ease, any post you've previously viewed or been shared with you.

An example given on the network's search page is "cookie recipe Lisa", which will now deliver your (hypothetical) friend Lisa's post about her favourite recipe for cookies.

Of course, that raises the question if searches for 'John drunk last night' will make it easier to resurface those embarrassing memories we thought were long buried.

"With a quick search, you can get back to a fun video from your graduation, a news article you've been meaning to read, or photos from your friend's wedding last summer," the company said.

However, since the search results will be delivered on a person-by-person basis, you won't be able to search through allposts on Facebook - though that would be a bit overwhelming.

The search is being rolled out gradually this week to users who have US English selected as a language.

A large proportion of Irish and British users will likely have UK English as their language - no word yet on an expected roll-out for that.

Check out our guide to Facebook's updated terms of service from last week, and five easy ways to make Facebook more private.

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