How To Search For Google Plus User Updates

Ann Smarty 06-08-2011

<firstimage=”//”>google plus usersIt’s weird that Google (a search engine in the first place) has created its own social network without giving users the ability to search for other users’ real-time updates. There’s an option to search for users – which works much like Facebook’s people search – start typing and people will be suggested instantly. It works primarily by matching words you are typing with users’ names and emails. But how about searching for what people are talking about on Google Plus?


Would you like to know what random users are saying about the movie you are considering? Or a book you are looking for? Would you like to find friends based on what they are saying on Google Plus?  Here’s how to do it.

Use Google Advanced Operator

While there’s no better and straightforward way to restrict Google search results to only updates posted on Google Plus, there is a combination of advanced operators to make it work:

  • – to limit search results to the Google Plus subdomain
  • inurl:posts/* – to limit search results to users’ updates (and to prevent it from searching for user bios, usernames, etc).

Now just add your search term:

google plus users

You can now play with the handy Google Sidebar options to filter results by date. For example, you can search only for Google Plus updates posted in the past 24 hours:


google plus status update

Obviously, this search supports all useful advanced Google operators. Please read about using Google operators you can play with in our previously published posts:

Add Google Plus Update Search To Your Browser

If you plan to use Google Plus update search regularly, consider adding it to your browser.

Google Chrome

There are a number of new extensions that add Google Plus search to the Chrome browser. Here are two possible options to try:

  • Helper for Google+ (we have mentioned this extension in our post on cross-promoting Google Plus shares on Twitter and Facebook) – this installs Google+ custom search in the Chrome address bar.

To use the search, type “Plus” in the address bar, then click the “Tab” key and finally type the search term:

google plus status update

google plus status update

You can then filter the search results to show:

  • All results.
  • Only users’ posts.
  • Only profiles.
  • Only posts from Buzz.
  • Only posts from Google Reader.

status updates on google

I wish there was a way to configure the interface of search results as I found browsing through one-color list of links somewhat difficult. There’s also no way to sort the results by date.


Google Plus Search is a search plugin (which means it gets installed into your browser search box 5 Must-Have Firefox Addons for Faster Web Browsing Firefox's speed and performance can sometimes suffer. And while there are browsing efficiency tips you can use to smooth it out, you'll probably want to kick it up a few more notches. Read More ) that connects you to Google custom search. It is configured to search through Google+ users’ updates:

google plus users


Here’s also a detailed instruction on setting up Google+ search shortcuts in Firefox.

Have you tried playing with Google+ update search? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Related topics: Google Chrome, Google Plus, Google Search, Mozilla Firefox, Web Search.

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  1. engjaya
    August 29, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Good information to learn.

  2. Ann Smarty
    August 7, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Looks great, Oleg! Thanks for the tip!

    • Oleg Moskalensky
      August 8, 2011 at 3:54 am

      My pleasure! :)

  3. David Gitonga
    August 7, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I will definitely try out these tools. As a writer, I find these tools indispensable when locating information or content.

    • Ann Smarty
      August 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

      It's great to hear these tools might work for inspiration