LinkedIn Amps Up Search
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Today's headline in the New Orleans Time-Picayune: "Saintsgiving."
Yeah, sorry Green Bay fans. It was all about New Orleans last night.
I left the IBM office to make my way back to the Garden District just in time for the fans from both teams to start making their way down Poydras.
It was quite a festive atmosphere outside the Superdome. Inside, the Saints came marching home bigtime after a multiweek stint on the road.
While Drew Brees and the Saints were beating up on the Packers, LinkedIn has been working to amp up that site's search capabilities.
Me likey the new features that I've been able to comprehend so far.
Not only is the search more structured. For example, you can refine and hone down on results in fields ranging from "name" and "company" to "school" and "language." But, you can also search inside and outside your immediate network.
LinkedIn also seems to be recognizing the power of Zuckerberg's social graph, now providing matching search results that are "evaluated based on who is executing the search."
This allegedly provides a personalized relevance algorithm that "places the professionals that are most likely to be of interest at the top of the first search results page."
So, I gave it a whirl and entered the query "social media IBM" and lo and behold found a number of my associates who practice the art of social media at Big Blue.
Of course, I don't know if that's because of the simple and logical query I entered, or because of LinkedIn's social networking voodoo, but in either case it's kinda cool to see the company I keep.
I also dig some of LinkedIn's new productivity tools.
The "InCommon" feature provides for a little serendipity, allowing one to explore the social graph around an individual in one's network.
You can also save searches and receive triggered email reminders if someone comes into the network meeting a specified search criteria. Like, you know, that Ruby-on-Rails programmer from Minneapolis you've been trying to find locally for the past six months??
LinkedIn has also introduced some no-brainers that just make life easier, including typeahead to eliminate spelling errors when typing peoples' names.
It's nice to see these features. Just in time for the global economic meltdown!
But I'm gonna forget all that for the moment and be glass very half full.
I'm in the Big Easy and the Saints were victorious and it's time to give thanks!