Where the (Wild) Files Are

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When data is exposed to search engines due to an incorrect site configuration, that data becomes available for Sourcing for anyone who knows how to find it – including you and me. About ten years ago, Sourcing techniques like “flipping” or “peeling” still worked, providing creative Researchers with the data to find and parse – sometimes, folders full of files with …

Melissa Data Goes to Work

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In his post on SourceCon, @RandyBailey wrote about sourcing using Melissadata.com‘s service Email to Address. The service provides the “associated” (physical) addresses based on an email, and vise versa – it also shows names, emails, and, often, phone numbers based on a street address. I was exploring the site in relation to our “Data cleaning and enrichment” webinar. Let me share another, …

Facebook Sourcing Mastery

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  Which Social Network is best for Talent Sourcing? This question does not have a good answer, because: There’s no need to narrow our search to one set of data (it would be silly, right?) We can communicate with the prospects using a different site than the one where we found them. A better question is – What makes a …

Parlez-Vous Francais?

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In Geotargeting 101, we narrowed search results to a region using a “Boolean-string-invisible” setting in Google Advanced Search. The same advanced search dialog has a language setting, that is also not reflected in the search string. The search engine “hears” it via a URL parameter. For example, if we set the language to English, the added URL piece will be &lr=lang_en.   Suppose we …

Social List: Searching the Structured Web

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Social List Demo Join us for a webinar on August 2, 2017. Register now! http://booleanstrings.ning.com/events/social-list-http-sociallist-io-sourcing-tool-demo  You are invited to a demo of our new sourcing tool Social List (http://sociallist.io). Social List searches for structured information on the Internet. It combines the conveniences of Google X-Raying of Social Networks with a precise search for fields such as location, job title, and …

Geotargeting 101

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How can we search for pages local to a particular country? For starters, there are country code top-level domains. To find pages that belong to a country-level domain, we can simply use X-Ray: site:za  But there are many other domains, that don’t point to a location. When figuring out the region for a page on a generic domain, such as .com or .org, …

Which Companies Use Which Technologies

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If we are looking for professionals who work with certain technologies (for example, Linux, Selenium, Tensorflow, or NetSuite) and have not been able to find enough to cover the demand, how can we find more? If we know that a company uses a particular technology, then the employees who are on a team that uses the technology are likely to use it too. …

A Github Productivity Tool

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It’s not often that I post a blog about a tool the next day I hear about it; this one is an exception. As if in response to my complaint about finding Github profiles where a particular programming language is “dominant”, i.e. most of the person’s code is written in that language, I got a message about OctoHR, a new free, …

Lesser-Known Github Sourcing Tips

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Searching for Software Engineers? Github.com got plenty of attention from bloggers; you can find a couple of older posts on my blog as well. Recently, I went back to Github to source for top-notch Java back-end coders for a fast-expanding start-up. Let me share some search tips picked along the way. Choosing Keywords As a general consideration, to expand the …