Archive for October, 2011

Wajam Is Hiring Web Developers

October 31st, 2011 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Job Search

Happy Halloween! We’re hiring web developers and thought a video would be the best way to show you our culture.

Wajam celebrates Halloween

If you’re interested in building the next big thing, and want to have fun doing it, come join us! Technologies we use: PHP, C++, iOS, Hadoop/MapReduce, Cassandra/NoSQL.

Apply on our jobs page.

Wajam Lets You Rank Results And Make Social Search More Personal

October 27th, 2011 | by alainwong

posted in Company

Voting System Trains Search Engine To Give You Better Results

We believe that personalization is the key to making social search more relevant. We’re happy to introduce a new feature today that lets you rank what your friends share so that you can get better search results.

You can now vote up or down a Wajam search result and improve search relevancy.

Voting directly improves the results you get and trains the search engine to give you results specific to your interests. That’s the amazing part of this new feature. Not only do you improve results for everyone using Wajam, you also customize the social search experience for you.

Here’s an example of me voting up a result for the Walking Dead season two premiere

We’re not the first to use a voting system to rank results. Here’s a very short look back at web discovery through community voting and content curation in the last decade.

A Short History of Content Curation on The Web

Back in 2001, Google explored user ranking system as an experiment to counter spamming. They later included the Digg-like voting feature as a Google Lab experiment.

A few years later, Digg became a tech darling by letting users dig up stories. This encouraged flocking behaviour and turned into the Digg Effect.

At the same time, Stumble Upon helped people discover content that other users had recommended, and reddit helps bubble up more user-favorited news.

Today, many web services let you discover crowdsourced results and curated content. Alternative search engine Blekko offers human-curated search results. Question and answer site Quora bubble up great answers through community voting.

As Mahendra Palsule from Techmeme declared this past year on Techcrunch, “There is no killer approach to Relevance.” We’re humbled to be part of this amazing group of technology companies working to bring web users into the age of relevance.

Wajam, because what your friends share matters.

Find Everything Your Friends Share Online With Wajam

October 21st, 2011 | by alainwong

posted in Company, People and Interests

Wajam is a social search startup focused on giving you access to everything your friends share online.

This Friday, I asked my fellow colleagues how they like to use Wajam. Here’s what they had to say.

DESIGN INSPIRATION, NEWS STORIES AND FUNNY VIDEOS

Social search has many uses. With Wajam, you can find everything your friends share online. From inspirational stories to useful tutorials, the best of the web is at your fingertips. If you haven’t already, sign up today.

We’d love to hear your favorite Wajam story. Share it with us at feedback@wajam.com

Finally, for fun, here are the usual suspects, decked out in royal blue Wajam schwag.

               

How To Use Social Search To Find Your Dream Job

October 12th, 2011 | by alainwong

posted in Company, Job Search

Social search has many uses, from finding the next big concert to getting a restaurant recommendation, and one of them is job searching.

Your friends are already posting jobs on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. But unless you are constantly monitoring these social networks, you might miss out on great employment opportunities. Wajam solves this.

HOW TO USE SOCIAL SEARCH TO FIND A JOB

According to Jobvite, 89% of companies in the U.S. will use social media for recruiting in 2011. Indeed, job referrals are increasingly promoted through social networks— LinkedIn built a whole social network around the idea of business connections and introductions and is now valued at $8 billion.

Three tips on using social search to find your dream job:

1. Get referred by a friend: Recruiters prefer to fill positions with personal referrals, so if your friend has shared a job posting on their network, it’s likely they have a personal connection to the company that is recruiting. Use this to your advantage by asking for an introduction.

2. Make first contact: Once you’ve found a job opportunity, it’s easy to make first contact because you know where this company is promoting their jobs. If they’ve posted it on Twitter, send them a tweet. If they’ve shared it on Facebook, make sure to leave a comment on their page and get noticed.

3. Look professional: Make sure your profile has adequate professional information to make a good impression.

WAJAM SHOWS YOU JOB RECOMMENDATIONS FROM YOUR FRIENDS

Here’s how I found web developer jobs in Montreal using Wajam. With Wajam installed, I search the term “developer” and “Montreal” in Google, and instantly see job postings shared by Next Montreal and Aleece Germano from The Swap Team on Twitter.

Web Developer jobs in Montreal using Wajam

The Wajam career page is also highlighted in this screenshot, and in case you’re wondering— yes, we’re hiring again! We’ve got many exciting projects to push Wajam to the next level, so now’s your chance to join a startup working at the bleeding edge of social search. We’re recruiting four developers (back-end, PHP and iOS) so please contact us if you’re interested! read the rest of the entry »

Delighting People With Technology

October 7th, 2011 | by alainwong

posted in Company

We were saddened this week by the passing of Steve Jobs, a visionary and creative genius who inspired all of us at Wajam. He made technology delightful and taught us to follow our hearts.

Thank you Steve, you will be truly missed.

Delighting kids with technology

We started Wajam because we had a vision: to make social search available everywhere so that you could access your friends’ knowledge when you need it the most. This photo taken during our Wajam in the park in July perfectly illustrates our vision— to inspire and delight people with the magic of technology.