Archive for the ‘facebook’ Category

Facebook is changing the graph and introducing a new, keyword-based search engine. This may result a way to run more complex Boolean syntaxes in the future, however, as an immediate effect, has blocked the old-way graph search possibilities. Remember the story when we asked questions like ‘people who studied at xyz’? Yep, that has totally gone with the new search engine…

This change has created the need to summarize the old-way graph search method as that is still running – but in the back-end. You though have to memorize and use the below commands to retrieve the results but hey! that is not a rocket science just bear with me for some time. (more…)

Dedicated to my old/new friends, Irina, Stacy and Jim who inspired me to complete this tutorial

START HERE! Boy, this is a little bit advanced stuff on how to crack Facebook Graph Search. If you are a newbie in leveraging Graph Search please first go watch Johnny Campbell’s video or read Glen’s posts or these posts on SourceCon. Once you have got the go and love into it I bet you will so much enjoy my tutorial.

(NB1: If you still do not have Graph Search please give a read to James’ recent post. That is a simple and genius way to get the access.) (NB2: To see most of the sample links added to this post you have to sign into Facebook first.)

But OK then! You should be ready for this journey by now.  Sit tight and fasten your seat belt and I am showing you all the secret ways how to make Graph Search totally serve all of your sourcing need. (more…)

This is the prezi I have created to help you get my newest top sourcing materials.

I have been fortunate to discover some amazing Facebook search tricks. You will also find a new Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) which x-rays Facebook for fans and likes and comments.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

PS. The email piece is definitely amazing. Will it change the whole candidate communication in sourcing?? What do you think?

Facebook has got a ‘See friendship’ function which is meant to show your mutual friends with any of your friends. You can easily find it on a friend’s timeline.

The scary thing is that this feature (its URL) can be applied for any of the Facebook users so it can be a rather powerful sourcing tool when looking for colleagues, peers and other employees of a company! Facebook, we love you! 😛

Let’s say we are after support engineers at Microsoft in Netherlands…

As we need at least one name (candidate) for a start go for LinkedIn and do a quick search. You will get some good results by using a basic search string but say, it is not enough for now. You want to find more of these guys or even more: you want to find all of the support engineers at Microsoft Netherlands. (more…)

The only thing that makes a sourcer optimistic is the belief that people make mistakes.

I have been trying to source from Facebook for quite a long time and it has always seemed to be a mission impossible for me. However, the hope that one day we will be able to identify candidates from that 800m+ Talent Pool made me simply too hungry and desperate to not give it up.

Here I share a few new tricks – which I believe have not yet been discovered before – how to retrieve the publicly available data on Facebook.

(While it is nice to imagine we are dealing with secret intelligence here it would be way too ambitious to say we are doing any hacking on Facebook.)

(more…)