Eric, you can search using the search box in communities, above the categories. Currently hashtags in post content are being found, but not in comments, nor are keywords in comments. As it seems today, comments are not included at all within the community search. Read below for some background and details of the test I've just made.
This was my feature request back in July 2013. https://plus.google.com/+PaulSimbeckHampson/posts/ARMZBoBR5yb
- Interesting is the last comment, where I tested the feature and although hashtags were not being found in comments via a community search, when you searched without the hashtag the keyword was being found in comments.
A couple of the Google Team liked the suggestion +Brian Glick
and +Natalie Villalobos
and +Shimrit Ben-Yair
pinged +Danielle Buckley
- I was hoping that by now this would have been fixed/updated. As it looks as of today, it hasn't.
I've just done a test on the Social Business community and found that neither a keyword or the same corresponding hashtag is being found in comments. That is, search is only finding 'post content' with the keyword (with or without the hashtag), but no posts are being returned with the keyword (or hashtag) in comments, either on my own posts, or someone else's. This seems like a step backwards, as before it was finding the keyword in comments, albeit without the hashtag.
In this post for example, I've just added "rec and #rec
" to a comment. When I use the community search for both examples the post is not found. https://plus.google.com/u/0/112717356760836886583/posts/MLXstrp3NyeI should also note, that search is finding content in comments that are outside of communities.
Hoping the Google 'Communities' Team can open this feature request again, it would (still) be very useful. Hope that helps +Eric Rudd
- and thanks for the ping +Ronnie Bincer
I thought I would do a check on another community and this time the keyword was found in the comment. Mmm... more testing... will update again soon...
I added #rec
and rec to this post in a Cloud computing community - see this post: https://plus.google.com/110663528027681454336/posts/5auaDWYXJRc
- when I search in the community for rec, it finds the post - but not if I add a hashtag... back to check the SB community which wasn't showing the post in search doing the same test...
If I search for rec in SB community this post is not found, but the last comment contains the word rec. I can't explain why it works on the Cloud computing community but not the SB community. (I did flick between Best posts and Most recent - just fyi)https://plus.google.com/112717356760836886583/posts/MLXstrp3Nye
Could it be do with recency? The SB post was back in August, with the Cloud computing post being today? As I say, can't establish a pattern. But it's been fun trying!! Hope we can a solution/answer to this issue. cc/ +Vic Gundotra