Tracking what people say on Facebook

Here’s something on using Google to find Facebook conversations.

 

As things stand, I haven’t yet found a way within Facebook to keyword search discussions. But try the following advanced search string for an insight into what people are saying about the BBC:

 

site:facebook.com/topic bbc

 

If you search Facebook for BBC you can filter your results according to People, Pages, Groups, Events, Applications.  However, this is a very clunky way of finding out what people are saying – and moreover, groups which don’t feature the word BBC, but where the BBC is nonetheless being discussed, will not be included in the results.


The above example is a good case in point.

 

Search in Facebook for BBC and the top group coming back is BBC College of Journalism group.  Hardly the sort of place you’d expect to find the free flow of opinion on the Corporation!

 

By contrast, the Google search returns plenty of whinges about products, programs and policy. Plenty to keep the Press section in work for a while…

 

From a journalistic point of view, this has plenty of uses. Say you’re a regional journalist from Coventry, or if you’re a Science correspondent, you name it, there are people talking about it.

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