March 26, 2013
LinkedIn Search Is Getting Smarter And More Streamlined
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
LinkedIn began updating its search engine on Monday, adding new features that provide faster and more unified results.
The move is the first major overhaul in years for the company´s search function, which was used some 5.7 billion times in 2012.
“Today, search on LinkedIn is getting even smarter and more streamlined,” wrote LinkedIn product manager Johnathan Podemsky in a blog post on Monday.
“We´ve unified the search experience so you no longer need to search for people, companies, or jobs separately,” he said.
Instead, members can simply enter their search query, and will see a comprehensive page of results that pulls content from across all of LinkedIn´s categories.
The upgrade also improves the auto-complete capability and adds suggested phrasing by way of an algorithm.
“The more you search for content on LinkedIn, the more it learns and understands your intent over time to provide the most relevant results,” Podemsky said.
“As you type your search term you´ll be prompted with options for what you may be looking for, and the more you search, the better it will get at predicting what you want.”
The update also enhances the saved search feature by alerting users when the results change.
The update began rolling out to LinkedIn members on Monday, and will be available to all users "in the coming weeks,” the Mountain View, Calif.-based company said.
“No two professionals are alike on LinkedIn. This means even if you search for the same thing as someone else, your results will be customized to you,” Podemsky said.
The update should put LinkedIn on more even footing with other social networks such as Facebook, which has been boosting its own search infrastructure to better compete with Google.
A slideshow of LinkedIn´s new search features can be viewed here.