Monster Brings Semantic Search for Talent Matching

Job search and “matching” engine Monster.com announced the launch of SeeMore, a cloud-based semantic search and analytics platform for managing resume databases. “Our philosophy on innovation is simple – we focus on products and solutions that deliver breakthrough technology to address a real market need. SeeMore(TM) is no exception. It solves a complex problem that many employers are facing — not having strategic visibility into their internal and external talent pools because they are using a range of technologies in an increasingly fragmented recruiting environment,” said Darko Dejanovic, EVP, Global CIO and Head of Product for Monster Worldwide. The SeeMore platform allows companies to search recruitment information to identify, access and match up appropriate talent with available positions. The platform enables HR to score and compare candidates, and mine current employee population to understand talent needs among other features. Minimizing…

Google+ Business Profiles Update

Google product manager Christian Oestlien wrote a Google+ blog post on Thursday night indicating that the new social media platform has slightly accelerated the timeframe for business profiles and promises “to have an initial version of business profiles up and running for EVERYONE in the next few months.” Presently, a “tiny handful” of business profiles exist on Google+ “solely for the purpose of testing how businesses interact with consumers.” The Ford Motor Company is one such account that Google+ selected from tens of thousands of businesses applying to take part in the test. Accelerating the process of getting business profiles up and running, writes Oestlien, is a direct result of the overwhelming response from businesses, as is Google’s request that companies refrain from trying to open new accounts before the platform is ready. From the blog post: “In the meantime,…

Google Buys G.CO Domain for Shortened URLs

Google has announced in a blog post that the company has acquired the g.co domain as its new URL shortener for official Google products and services. The move was made to create URLs that are easier for users to remember and more easily distributed across the social Web. Google’s vice president of consumer marketing Gary Briggs writes in the post: In the world of URLs, bigger is not always better. In 2009, we helped shrink up long, unwieldy URLs by launching our public URL shortener, goo.gl. Today, we’re announcing a new URL shortcut that will only link to official Google products and services: g.co. The shorter a URL, the easier it is to share and remember. The downside is, you often can’t tell what website you’re going to be redirected to. We’ll only use g.co to send you to webpages…

What’s New in Google Product Feeds?

Google announced several important changes to its product search feed specification this week. If you’re an Internet retailer and use Google Product Search as a channel to promote products, the developments should be top of mind. The changes relate primarily to providing shoppers with more accurate and “fresher” information. Google is now requiring merchants to show availability of products, include the appropriate Google product category, and is making the image link mandatory as well. For retailers selling apparel, merchants will need to include information such as size and color as well as for whom the product is designed (age and gender). Perhaps the most important aspect of the announcement was that starting September 22, 2011, Google will take “taking action” against accounts with feeds targeting the United States, France, United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany that do not comply with the…

Google +1 Reporting with Webmaster Tools

Last week was a busy one for Google, and summer vacationing Webmasters may have missed the global release of +1 buttons to Google search sites, as well as the introduction of the Google+ project. Both are key elements to Google’s social networking initiative, designed to compete directly with Facebook by making it easier for users to connect with friends and colleagues online. The +1 button aims to bring recommendations from friends and trusted contacts into actual Google searches – potentially giving it similar weight for marketers as the Facebook Like button. Google may make up for being late to the party by providing the kinds of analytics that marketers have been yearning for in the social space. Late last week, the company released a number of reports within Google Webmaster Tools that will show website owners the actual value that…

New Publisher Tool from StumbleUpon

Web recommendation site StumbleUpon has created a new widget designed to help keep users on the websites they visit. Called StumbleUpon Widgets, the new tool involves embedding a small box on a page that will include links to other content on the same site. The company claims that the service refers more traffic to external websites than any other social media organization outside of Facebook. “The widget is a way for us to offer people a better way to see curated content on a specific website that other users have surfaced,” explains Marc Leibowitz, vice president of business development at StumbleUpon. “The widget looks like a typical recommendation list, but instead, our recommendations are created using an algorithm that isolates users who are experts in a topic or area. Then the content they have rated is highlighted within the widget.” Technorati: StumbleUpon,…