Facebook Improves Search for Conversation Discovery
Facebook today is pushing an update to its search tool in order to make topics and conversations easier to find. The tool expands beyond the borders of users' immediate friends and family, and will search through all of Facebook to see what people are saying about any given subject or event. Search FYI makes several core changes. First, it will include better, more personal search suggestions based on the user's entire circle. Search results will now deliver public posts, as well as posts from friends, that are organized by topic so the main storyline is evident. Last, when a specific link is shared widely across Facebook, users will be able to search for and join any public conversations related to the link. People will only be able to see posts shared directly with them, or those that are made public. Users will still be able to limit the audience for their posts however they wish. Search FYI is being added to the Android and iOS mobile apps, as well as Facebook on the web.
Google Tweaks Search with Fresh Discovery Tools
Google today announced several changes to its core search product that are meant to help people discover fresh content as they perform searches. For example, Featured Snippets are content highlighted by Google to provide "quick, relevant answers" to search queries.
'Hello' App Plucks Facebook Data to Show Who's Calling
Facebook wants to make it easier for people to see who's calling and, if necessary, block those callers. The company today said it is testing a new app called Hello.
Snapchat to Ease Navigation with Universal Search
Snapchat is prepared to make its mobile app much easier to use with the addition of a universal search tool. The tool, reports TechCrunch, will always be accessible at the top of the screen and will let people quickly find friends, groups, publishers, and stories.
Facebook Users Can Now Comment On Posts with Videos
Facebook has made it possible for people to comment on posts, photos, or videos with videos of their own. Facebook says the idea was to "enable more engaging and immersive conversations." Comments now support videos, links, photos, stickers, and emoji.