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Jobby


(May 25, 2006) Jobster continues to inject novelty and surprise into the market. The announcement that Jobby, a two month old Web 2.0 startup made their acquisition list shows the speed at which the Jobster momentum grows. The Jobby purchase shows the relentless nature of web evolution and  Jobster's commitment to staying on top of it. Announcing the acquisition in the Jobster blog, Goldberg demonstrates his commitment to grass roots communications.

Jobby is an alternate take on Resumes and Recruiting. Jobby is two months old.

We can hear the eyes rolling. For the past dozen years, every company that has entered our industry has claimed to have an alternate take on Resumes and Recruiting. Hundreds of firms have joined the fray with data parsing, structuring, assessing and matching technologies. Each of them claimed, loudly, to be the vanguard of the new revolution. Almost all of them were more of the same, exploding onto the scene and departing with a whimper.

Jobby is actually something different. Jobster was very, very smart to grab it.

I've been testing out a new (in beta) Ajax Job site called Jobby this evening. Unlike other web 2.0 job sites like Indeed and Simply Hired (which aggregate job listings from around the web), Jobby takes information directly from job seekers, and then focuses on helping recruiters filter through job qualifications fast via tagging and tag filtering. The results are quite stunning and I can easily see other services (not necessarily in the job space) copying some of these features (Ajaxian says its "combines a solid combination of interface and functionality"). (TechCrunch)

The key to Jobby is the tagging.

Tagging is user generated metadata. Tags can be used to specify properties of an object that are not obvious to the object itself. Tags can be used to find objects with similar properties or to organize objects. Tags are often used in social software and Web 2.0 pages. The method of allowing open categorization of the Internet is often referred to as Folksonomy.

A "folksonomy" is a collaboratively generated, open-ended labeling system that enables Internet users to categorize content such as Web pages, online photographs, and Web links. The freely chosen labels called tags help to improve search engine's effectiveness because content is categorized using a familiar, accessible, and shared vocabulary. The labeling process is called tagging. Two widely cited examples of websites using folksonomic tagging are Flickr and del.icio.us.

Because folksonomies develop in Internet-mediated social environments, users can discover (generally) who created a given folksonomy tag, and see the other tags that this person created. In this way, folksonomy users often discover the tag sets of another user who tends to interpret and tag content in a way that makes sense to them. The result, often, is an immediate and rewarding gain in the user's capacity to find related content. Part of the appeal of folksonomy is its inherent subversiveness: faced with the dreadful performance of the search tools that Web sites typically provide, folksonomies can be seen as a rejection of the search engine status quo in favor of tools that are both created by the community and beneficial to the community. (Wikipedia)

Take a look at the "Qualification Details" for Tony Wright, the CEO of Jobby. It's a set of tags that summarize Toby's resume (which can be downloaded as an acrobat file). Tony chooses the keyword tags so that Recruiters can find him in the database.

Searching the database becomes a simple exercise in interrogating the intersections of the Tags. Recruiters will want to subscribe to the Tag Based RSS Feed(s) (Here's one for C++)

The Jobby approach to Resume/Job Tagging is so obvious and elegant that it will spread rapidly throughout the industry. Keep your eye on the tagging issue and the progress of Jobby.


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