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Facebook's search updates focus on speed

March 17, 2010 | 11:20 am

Facebook has started rolling out a new search feature designed to help users get to their desired destination much quicker than they have in the past.Fb search

According to Facebook, the site's search tool will now provide results in a drop-down box below the search box as users input a query. But unlike the previous version, which only displayed friends as users typed, the drop-down box will now include "people, events, groups, and Pages."

Facebook said that the results will be limited to items that users are "connected" with, connections with friends and "globally relevant results."

The new feature is aimed at helping Facebook users find content they want sooner. It's also designed to help users discover new content that would have otherwise been difficult to find.

Facebook plans to roll out the new search tool to users over the coming days. It should be interesting to see if the new feature will add value to the site's search or become an annoyance that makes it even more difficult for users to find their what they are looking for.

-- Don Reisinger

Image: Facebook's search update in action. Credit: Facebook