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Careful of your status updates, Facebook Search is here

Careful of your status updates, Facebook Search is here

Facebook users will have to be careful about what they say in their status updates as users can now comb through words with the search tool – it’s just like Twitter Search!

The social networking giant has announced an upgrade to its search function that lets users search other people's status updates, photos, links, videos and notes.

On its blog, Facebook said, "Last month, we began testing new versions of Search with a small group of people on Facebook. Based on the success of those tests, we're rolling out a new version of Search to everyone on the site beginning today."

The new search function lets users filter results between "Posts by Friends" and "Posts by Everyone".

Posts from users who have made their updates public to everyone will appear in the latter category.

The upgrade is the latest change to Facebook that incorporates elements of its social networking rival Twitter.

In an unusual twist, Facebook users were generally positive about the new search functionality. Several hours after the announcement, almost 3500 people "liked" the blog post. By comparison, there were just a few hundred negative comments.

Facebook users are notoriously wary of any changes to the site. People concerned about having their updates appear in search results can restrict their visibility by adjusting their privacy settings.

Meanwhile, more 15-24 year olds are visiting social networking sites this year, however, time spent on social networks in down 9%, according to new data from comScore.

The data reveals that more people in this age group are actually consolidating around a primary site, where as in the past, many people have split themselves between multiple social networks.

According to Hitwise, Facebook is the most searched for social network site (taking 38% of the social networking audience) with MySpace coming behind closely in second place (24.3%). YouTube is ranked third (13.5%), while Twitter comes in the fifth spot (1.4%) behind Tagged (1.5%).

Facebook's UK internet traffic has more than doubled over the past year and it is now the second most visited website in the UK after It accounts for an average of 1 in every 24 UK internet visits and traffic to the site has already increased by 18.6% during 2009.

The number of 15-24 year olds visiting social networking sites reached 6.8 million in June, up 14% versus the previous year, says the new comScore data.

Younger users are increasingly moving towards Facebook as their primary social networking destination; however, Facebook has a substantially older user profile than Bebo and MySpace. Specifically, 77% of Facebook visitors are age 25 or older, compared to 65% of Bebo visitors and 69% of MySpace visitors.

Mike Read, SVP and managing director, comScore Europe, said, “Recent reports have suggested that 15-24 year olds in the UK are moving away from social networking sites because they’re no longer cool as older users have encroached on their virtual space. comScore research indicates that is simply not the case."

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