Facebook's new advanced Graph Search feature is now available to all English-speaking users in the U.S., the social network said today.
The announcement comes a month after Facebook first began rolling out Graph Search for everyone using the social network in U.S. English. First unveiled in January, Graph Search offers a new way for Facebook users to wade through the 1 trillion connections on the site for information about what their friends like, where they've been, and more.
With that out of the way, Facebook is now working on something new?Twitter-esque trending topics. According to a report from All Things D, Facebook is testing the new feature on its mobile site (m.facebook.com) with a limited number of U.S. users, who will see a banner at the top of their mobile feed calling out popular topics like "Shark Week."
By clicking on a trending topic, you'll see posts from other users mentioning those keywords. The test comes after Facebook recently began supporting hashtags, another popular Twitter feature.
Meanwhile, back on the search front, you might have recently noticed that the search bar at the top of Facebook is bigger than it once was. That's Graph Search. With the updated search engine, you can still look for friends and pages by name, just like you normally would, but you can also use simple phrases to find something specific pertaining to people, photos, places, and interests.
You can, for example, find old friends by searching for "people from my hometown" or revisit old photos by typing "photos I like" or "photos of my family". Facebook said you can also use Graph Search to discover new restaurants by, for instance, searching for "hotels in Seattle visited by my friends" or "Restaurants in New York liked by graduates of the Culinary Institute of America".
You can also use the feature to discover movies, books, and music your friends like with tongue-twisting searches such as "music liked by people who like the music that I like"(try saying that ten times fast!).
On the privacy front, the old "who can look up my timeline by name?" setting is officially being phased out. Facebook said back in December that it would be retiring this setting, when the social network introduced new privacy controls, and now it's actually happening. Just a "small percentage" of people were using this setting, Facebook said.
Now that the Graph Search rollout is complete, it might be a good time to check out your own Facebook privacy shortcuts (by clicking the padlock symbol at the top right corner of the page) to review and adjust who can see things you post and contact you.