Can't search for playlists or friends?

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Can't search for playlists or friends?

GC23
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Coming back to spotify after a few months and I'm clearly just missing something but I can't seem to search for playlists or facebook friends.

I go to "follow" which seems to be the only sensible option but this brings up only a top bunch of friends wiith a refresh button: showing 6 randomly selected people at a time, which is fairly useless.

 

In "What's new" there is a playlist selection but that is once again totally unsearchable: just giving top ones near me?

 

Presume somewhere I am just missing a search function for these two things? Can anyone help?

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Adam
Roadie

You should be able to search through any playlist made public - that hasn't been removed. Here's what I see when searching "summer" in the search bar:

 

Search Results Showing Playlists.png

 

Then from there I can click on playlists for a full list of playlists, starting with some of the most popular.

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Peter__
Community Legend

Hey! Welcome to the community 🙂 

 

You should be able to perform both of those searches from the main search box. 

 

To search for friends, just start typing their name in the box, their profile will be offered as a suggestion under the heading "Users":

users.png

 

As for playlists, just enter the playlist name you are looking for into the search box and hit enter. You should get playlist results at the top (as cover artwork) and if you click "See All" it will open its own search window. 

 

Peter

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sblom5
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Hi, I´m new to the forum... first of all, I can't see the time and date of the posts in this forum? By design or am I simply just blind? Strange design I might add, if not blind that is... 😉

 

Playlists and Users are no longer showing up in my search results as it did before. I´ve read some posts about this issue, but I haven´t found any solution/explanation. What's the extent of this problem, or perhaps Spotify has temporarily disabled this "feature"?

 

Brds. S.Blom

sblom5
Regular

Ok, it says "Tuesday" on your posts, and "a moment ago" on mine 🙂

Joe
Community Legend

I suspect that they're doing some sort of maintenance as I'm having problems right now too. Maybe give it a while and see if it fixes itself 🙂

sblom5
Regular

Correction, my OWN playlists show up in results, and those created by Spotify... but no one elses. And under Users, only a few official artists are showing up, like Sarah Brightman for instance... and some common user who made a change to a playlist I'm subscribing to (or following - whatever it's called)...

 

Personally, I think Spotify made a huge mistake when making the user-created playlists public by default. This must have a gigantic impact on their systems if made searchable... I can only guess they had to stop indexing playlists... but this is only my personal opinion. But I must say I'm appalled they still haven't removed the publish-by-default feature...

 

//SB

sblom5
Regular

Ok, so the users showing up seems to be the persons Spotify thought I should "Follow" when they introduced this new feature...

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Adam
Roadie

You should be able to search through any playlist made public - that hasn't been removed. Here's what I see when searching "summer" in the search bar:

 

Search Results Showing Playlists.png

 

Then from there I can click on playlists for a full list of playlists, starting with some of the most popular.

--------------------------------------------------------------

For common support questions, see support.spotify.com.
To judge my musical taste, check out my last.fm.

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sblom5
Regular

Well thank U, now I got it! I thought I was limited to the Search-suggestions directly in the search-box, but hitting Enter after typing did the trick (same as "Show All Results..."). I´m pretty sure I tried the latter but somehow I still missed the results on the right... my bad.

 

Can I also insert pictures like U did?

 

Thanks again, Brds. S

 

Peter__
Community Legend

Do you have a little "Insert/Edit Image" button on the reply window? 

image edit.png

 

Peter

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thiswas
Casual Listener

Hi all,

so it's not possible to search for friends that are not in my facebook friends list?

Peter__
Community Legend

@thiswas wrote:

Hi all,

so it's not possible to search for friends that are not in my facebook friends list?


Hey! Welcome to the community 🙂 

 

You can search for anyone who is not in your friends list, but you need to know their Spotify username (which if they have a Facebook created account will be a string of digits). 

 

If you know their username you can search:

spotify:user:USERNAME

where USERNAME is their username and it should load their profile for you (in the desktop client).

 

Peter

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thiswas
Casual Listener

Ok, many thanks. Imho Spotify should improve the search.

McNerem
Casual Listener

I used to be able to type in 'country' in the search at the top in the search area and the list like you showed would pop up allowing me to pick tracks, albums or playlists. But now when I type something into the search all I get is just a list of songs and I can't pick playlists or just listen to all the songs... Please help. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

McNerem
Casual Listener

Why can't I get the picture of the search results like you have to show up when I search? It used to but doesn't any more?

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