Facebook is many things to many people but a video hosting website it is not. Videos seem to be quite disorganized on the social network. You can upload your own videos, watch videos you appear or are tagged in, watch videos for the sake of videos, promotional videos on Pages, profile videos and videos just because. How to you find specific videos on Facebook?
Where you might find a particular video depends on what kind of video it is and who uploaded it. If an individual loaded it then it could be anywhere. If a business uploaded it to a Page or supporting site, it will be more logically ordered. Either way, organization has never been a strong suit at Facebook and this is a case in point.
Find videos on Facebook
There are a couple of ways to find videos in Facebook depending on what you’re looking for. The easiest way is to use search, either a search engine or through Facebook itself. You can also browse timelines if you have the time or just use the Video filter.
Search for videos in Facebook
If you’re looking for random videos or something someone random has uploaded, search is the easiest way to find them. Facebook search is the logical place to begin.
- Type your search term in the box at the top of the page.
- Select the Videos tab from the results.
- Navigate through the list until you find what you’re looking for.
This works best if you’re just looking for something to watch rather than a particular video. If you are looking for something specific, you could try to add as much information into the search field as possible and see what comes up.
Search for videos using a search engine
You can also use a search engine to find Facebook videos. As Facebook video content is indexed by the search engines, you can use your favorite to locate it. You can use two specific operators, ‘SUBJECT video :Facebook’ to search only recent videos on the site or ‘SUBJECT video Facebook’ to widen the search a little. Just change SUBJECT for whatever it is you’re searching for.
Both search methods will get you what you want and the returns will be playable directly from the search engine.
Search for Live videos in Facebook
Since the changes to Live, it has been more difficult to see what has been uploaded in your area. That was always a source of entertainment, seeing what the neighbors had been uploading. You can still see general uploads if you use the ‘#live’ search operator in Facebook search.
Find videos from specific people in Facebook
If you know the uploader or are looking for a video from a company or brand, your life is made a little easier. All you need to do is navigate to the respective page and select the video tab or video from the left menu. This will show you a list or grid of their videos so you can watch as you need.
Find a previously watched video
What if you already watched a really cool video and want to watch it again but cannot remember where you found it? There Facebook does have your back and makes it easy to see what you have been up to.
- Select the small menu arrow at the top of the Facebook page.
- Select Activity log from the options.
You will see a timeline page of everything you have done since starting Facebook. Scary huh?
There should be every page you visited, every photo you checked out and every video you watched. If you have watched something, it should be there. Depending on how much you use Facebook, that Activity log could be huge so there’s a search box at the top. Add ‘video’ to that and search to refine the log results only to videos.
Find your own videos uploaded to Facebook
If you’re trying to find a video you uploaded rather than someone else’s, you can. Just go to your own page, select Photos and scroll down to videos. Those listed in the grid will be those you uploaded yourself.
You can also select your Facebook profile and select More. Under there should be a Video entry. Select that to bring up your own videos.
Finally, there is a wider video search in Facebook that works quite well. Just type video into the Facebook search box and you get a bunch of options. They will be ‘videos by me’, ‘videos I watched recently’, ‘videos shared by me’ and so on. There should be several of these so you can choose the most relevant.
You can also refine that by adding another word. For example, use ‘video tag’ to access ‘videos tagged by me’ or ‘videos I’m in’. You get the idea. Change the second operator from tag to anything you like and have Facebook try to find it.