Facebook upgrades internal search engine

Facebook has introduced a new feature that allows users to quickly search and connect with people, pages, groups, events and applications.

“Now as you’re typing in a query in the search bar, you will instantaneously see results not only of the people, events, groups and Pages you’re connected with but also the connections of your friends and globally relevant results,” explained Facebook engineer Wayne Kao.

“You’ll see a wider variety of relevant results and be able to discover new connections you might want to make on right as you’re entering your search.

“For example, if you start typing in ‘MGM’ to find the Facebook Page for the band MGMT, you may see it as the first result in the drop-down menu because you or one of your friends is a fan of MGMT on Facebook. You can simply hit enter on that result and you will be taken directly to the MGMT Page.”

Kao added that members can also use the drop-down menu to select similar entries such as the MGM Grand Las Vegas hotel or MGM movie studio.

“[But] if you don’t see what you are looking for in the drop-down menu, you can go to the search results page by selecting ‘See More Results’ from the bottom of the drop-down menu. You’ll be taken to the full results, where you can sort by different categories and refine your search further.”