Facebook Testing ā€˜Search This Profileā€™ Feature

Facebook confirmed to Mashable that it is testing a way for users to search other usersā€™ profiles, but they will only see content that they have been granted access to.

Facebook confirmed to MashableĀ that it is testing a way for users to search other usersā€™ profiles, but they will only see content that they have been granted access to.

Mashable reported late last week that The Huffington PostĀ business editor Alexander Kaufman spotted Facebookā€™s Search This Profile feature, adding that the feature is active on the account of Mashable space reporter Miriam Kramer.

According to Mashable, the Search This Profile feature allows users to search other usersā€™ profiles for specific terms in posts, and the screenshot below shows the results of a search for ā€œMashableā€ on Kramerā€™s profile.

A Facebook spokesperson told Mashable the test was ā€œa small pilot programā€ for select desktop and iPhoneĀ users in the U.S., and there are currently no plans to officially roll out the feature, adding:

Weā€™re piloting a way to search for peopleā€™s posts from within their profiles. You can only search for posts that you can already see on their Timelines.

Readers: Would you like to see Facebook roll out the Search This Profile feature?

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Screenshots courtesy of Mashable.


david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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