Thursday, September 18, 2008


Yammer the TC50 winner is a microblogging tool for companies. It perfectly quick broadcasting of knowledge resources across the organization. For more detailed discussions, it will need something else (wiki, forum, blog) integrated so as to seamlessly break into a topic instead of just giving tiny urls.

The key thing lacking is grouping and having a user as part of relevant groups. Integration with file sharing ability could well make it extremely useful and justify its pricing.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Careerbuilder and Video resumes

Colleen Aylward has an interesting post on Cheezhead about Careerbuilder's failed video resumes experiment. She elaborates further in response to comments
When a major market share player such as Careerbuilder makes a statement about a product or type of product, the market is apt to believe them. When they say that the use of video technology doesn’t work or that people don’t want to use that technology (even though their earlier surveys concluded that the majority of people they surveyed ARE interested in this technology), then people might actually believe them… especially when it SEEMS like Careerbuilder tried the technology out themselves and would therefore be an expert.
She further highlights the key points including a differentiation between Video resumes and Video interviews

  1. Putting up a page on your website for candidates to upload a video that they have created elsewhere is NOT a test of video technology
  2. Next, “Video Resumes” are simply talking heads, or a candidate talking their text into a webcam. This use of video technology is not useful as a stand-alone delineator of talent or job match.
  3. “Video Interviews” are an entirely different animal and have a lot of value to hiring managers and recruiters if done correctly.
Most importantly
Careerbuilder blamed the market for not being ready … which isn’t true… instead of accepting blame for 1) implementing what they erroneously thought was going to be the “demand” use of video technology 2) implementing it poorly and 3) failing to place any significant marketing or support efforts around something so new.
We agree with Colleen that video as a recruitment tool has a role to play. Today, it is a phase of trying out new ideas to come up with the best model.

This also shows that Careerbuilder has become the complete corporate beast when it refuses to acknowledge its mistakes but blames the market as too stupid to understand their great idea.

Oops! Forgot to attach that important file

Google has come up with a new improvement for its gmail (google mail) service in labs. Turn on the Forgotten Attachment Detector in Labs and if we fail to attach a file to the email with files attached mentioned. More details and comments at the Google Operating System blog.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Backtype - Search People and Comments

Backtype is a tool which tracks comments of registered users across their various websites.
The comments need to be claimed for them to display against your name. The tool acts as a centralized database for all your comments.

The tool allows search by comments or people names. The comments section can be used to find people by keywords. Comments can be tracked by following the commenters.

The 'Search People' feature comes with 'Advanced Search'. This allows filtering the results by keywords and for a particular period.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Linkedin Groups adds Discussions, more

Linkedin has expanded the Groups section to allow for discussions, and allows inviting/messaging members directly from a list. More details at

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Google Knol launched

Google Knol has been officially launched today. Each Knol is defined as a 'Unit of Knowledge'. Each topic has an author who has exclusive ownership of the topic and it is associated with the author.

The author can allow suggestions, changes, etc. but unlike Wikipedia, the author cannot be challenged. Long term there might be 'authority' associated with an author just as there is for websites. This will probably decide the rank where there are multiple knolls for a topic.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wink People Search - Part 1 Introduction

This is the first in a series of posts on Wink the 'People Search' website. Later posts will look at the search features in more detail.

Wink People Search is the perfect tool if you want to carry out a quick profile search using a few simple keywords or tags.

Wink has a large collection of profiles from various networks such as Linkedin, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo360, Friendster, Microsoft Live spaces, etc. including links to profiles at these specific networks.

Wink has some impressive profile numbers (> 1 mill) for a number of countries which makes it an important tool in a sourcer's arsenal.

United States - 72.7 mill
United Kingdom - 6.8 mill

Indonesia - 6.0 mill

Canada - 5.2 mill
Malaysia - 4.1 mill

Australia - 3.0 mill

France - 1.8 mill

India - 1.4 mill

Germany - 1.4 mill

Turkey - 1.3 mill

Singapore - 1.2 mill

Italy - 1.0 mill

The search facility is simple as can be seen below. Wink does not need the user to log in to use this facility or access the results.

wink - search interface

The basic search can be carried out by name, location, keywords or a combination of these. The search can be further refined using keywords, tags, distance from a given location, etc.

In part 2 we will have a look at the search facility in more detail.