Posted on 16/10/2013 by Ben Carter · Posted in Facebook, Recruitment, Social Recruiting, Sourcing

Facebook has announced that users can now search Facebook Status Updates and Posts using Graph Search.

Below is an example, all be it not recruitment related, of how you can do this.


How this could be useful for Recruitment? Well if you were to look for people that are not happy with their work you could search: “Posts about I hate my job” ORPosts about I need a new job“.

I have tried to perform something similar
fb post search

But all I got as a result is a message saying “This search isn’t available to you yet.” Meaning that it is starting to roll out but I have not been enabled yet. Probably being rolled out to the US first.


  • The quality of results on searching posts and status updates will be based on whether people set their privacy on updates to public or not
  • I doubt this will be a a game changer in terms of searching peoples content due to privacy settings
  • It does give you a reason to grow your Facebook network so that this will become useful in future

Do you know of any other graph searches that are useful in sourcing/recruitment? Have you had positive experience with Graph Search? Do you have the option to search status updates yet? Let us know with a comment below.

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Ben Carter AKA @recruitmentgeek is a 12 year veteran at supporting recruitment companies to evolve and optimise recruitment systems to gain a higher ROI and staff sourcing efficiency. Currently Ben is the Global Head of IT at Spencer Ogden in London. You can contact Ben any time via one of my social networks listed at the top right of the page.