Facebook said today that it has opened a search feature that's been under test to the full community.
What that means basically is that users can go back in time and search for key terms - maybe a news event or some other item that would have been referenced by other Facebook members - to find those older posts quickly. Want to know what your friends were saying when they learned about Michael Jackson's death? What about the chatter when Facebook said - in an announcement earlier today - that it was acquiring FriendFeed?
In a blog post announcing the new feature, the company said:
You now will be able to search the last 30 days of your News Feed for status updates, photos, links, videos and notes being shared by your friends and the Facebook Pages of which you're a fan. If people have chosen to make their content available to everyone, you also will be able to search for their status updates, links and notes, regardless of whether or not you are friends. Search results will continue to include people's profiles as well as relevant Facebook Pages, groups and applications.
The company began its tests of search about a month ago with a small group of users. Today, the service is available to everyone.