Brand New Tool! SearchMonkey Rocks

In lieu of doing a complete recap today, I wanted to share some great information about a brand new way Yahoo! has come up with to use its search engine, called SearchMonkey. Yahoo! had talked about this new way to show search results a couple months ago, but it was showcasing it today at the exhibition hall at the Web 2.0 Expo.

Basically, it takes Yahoo’s search engine and allows you to see into the data on the results link without having to click on the link:

Yahoo has combined “a free, open platform with structured, semantic content from across the Web.” SearchMonkey “gives all Web site owners an opportunity to present more useful information on the Yahoo! Search page as compared to what is presented on other search engines. Site owners will be able to provide all types of additional information about their site directly to Yahoo! Search. So instead of a simple title, abstract and URL, for the first time users will see rich results that incorporate the massive amount of data buried in websites — ratings and reviews, images, deep links, and all kinds of other useful data — directly on the Yahoo! Search results page.”

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From a recruitment standpoint, this is an incredible timesaver for clicking through our results page! I asked them to do a sample search using LinkedIn, since LinkedIn had already provided some code for this demo. I know this photo isn’t the greatest quality, but this is what the results can look like. And if you know how to write code, you can actually write code tailored to what you want to see — so for example, using a site:linkedin.com search string, you could write code that would display the industry, title, location, etc. directly on the results page for individual LinkedIn profiles.

Keep in mind this is still in beta so some of the kinks are being worked out, but can you imagine the coolness of using site: searches and getting the information you need right on the results page, as opposed to having to click through every single result? Fantastic!

Amybeth Quinn began her career in sourcing working within the agency world as an Internet Researcher. Since 2002, she has worked in both agency and corporate sourcing and recruiting roles as both individual contributor and manager, and also served previously as the editor of The Fordyce Letter, FordyceLetter.com and SourceCon.com, with ERE Media. These days she's working on some super cool market intelligence and data analytics projects. You can connect with her on Twitter at @researchgoddess.

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5 Comments on “Brand New Tool! SearchMonkey Rocks

  1. that ASK.com allready did this….like when you move your mouse over something an d it expands a tiny window so that you can see the content of the page? what’s so new about this?

    Joe

  2. This tool has use from a research standpoint, in that with the appropriate code we researchers will not have to go digging into each result link to gather information. So this review was geared more toward the researchers and sourcers who are a part of this community.

  3. I believe that all advances in functionality are welcome, so well done Yahoo!

    If you are looking for a REALLY cool tool, http://www.zubedjobs.com is one place to look.

    Recently, a couple of recruitment blogs have picked up on a new product from my company, Zubed Geospatial, called zubedjobs. Please excuse this direct approach but I wanted to explain to you just what ZubedJobs is, as we have yet to formally launch it – the beta version you’ll see is both UK and IT centric.

    Jim Stroud in The Recruiters Lounge recently said, “I am overjoyed and doing virtual cartwheels because someone, somewhere, has finally… FINALLY… created something that I have been wanting for a very long time.” (http://www.therecruiterslounge.com/2008/07/11/cool-tool-zubed-i-think-i-love-you/)

    ZubedJobs is a map-based recruitment site, enabling employers to search for job seekers by their location and skills and display these results on a map. Job Seekers upload their CVs and our semantic, human-language, technology extracts their employment history, skills and roles, to a structure that enables auto-matching against job requirements. In the process, all names and personal contact data is scrubbed so that the job seeker remains in total control of exactly which potential employers get to see this information.

    Employers upload their job requirements and obtain matches against job seekers with the right experience in the right location. Additionally, job seekers can find both companies with existing requirements and companies that have historically employed their skills; this historic data is unique in supporting job seekers making constructive speculative applications.

    Communication between employer and job seeker can be initiated and tracked directly from within ZubedJobs and doesn’t require any third party agency involvement. This functionality is free to both employer and job seeker.

    Where we make our money is in supplying this solution to companies wishing to manage their own internal talent pools and databases of received applicant CVs and pre-qualified contractors. It provides a highly cost effective way of recruiting, turning not to the open market first but to known and new job seekers that can be immediately viewed as pins on a map.

    If you wish to find out more about ZubedJobs then I would be very happy answer any questions you may have.

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