Lots has been said about using the natural language to search for potential candidates. Examples would be “I am a Software Engineer at Microsoft” or “earned her MBA from Wharton”. It’s a fruitful technique.
Here is a different twist on searching in English. Suppose we wanted to find LinkedIn profiles on Google, but doing so without the operator site: or any other operators. It turns out, it is quite possible. All we need to do is to identify a phrase (or several phrases) that:
- Appear on every profile
- Don’t appear on other pages, that are not profiles.
Here is an example search, using a phrase present on LinkedIn public profiles (those that are in English, of course) :”500 million other professionals”.
linkedin “500 million other professionals” “head of localization”
Even if we drop the word linkedin from search, the results will be pretty much all LinkedIn profiles:
“500 million other professionals” “head of localization”:
We can use alternative phrases to single out LinkedIn profiles, for example: “full profile it’s free”. Here is a search:
“full profile it’s free” registered nurse ICU
For Twitter, we can search for the common element “”tweets & replies”:
“tweets & replies” biotech conference.
For Meetup and Github, “member since” is a good token to use.
Who can suggest other examples?
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