Yahoo has launched a new professional social networking service called Y! Kickstart, which is designed for college students and recent graduates to connect with alumni and companies to find jobs, internships and career advice. The website is currently in a ‘preview’ release.
Users can create profiles and upload their personal information such as college information, photos and other personal data, which can be browsed by industry professionals and employers.
It’s based on the premise that everyone does have a network: the school you went to, the frat/sorority you were in, the professional/interest group you are in, the companies you interned with or worked at. Kickstart makes it easy to create and browse that kind of network. said Scott Gatz, senior director of advanced products at Yahoo.
The company is now focused on getting alumni and professionals to join the networking service. Yahoo is offering a $25,000 donation to the US college with the most alumni signed up on Kickstart.
Kickstart competes with two other social networking websites, LinkedIn and Facebook. LinkedIn links users with colleagues, clients and business partners, where as Facebook’s concentrates more on social networking rather than a professional one. Kickstart is targeting users who want to use both the services at one networking site.
This is Yahoo’s fourth attempt at social networking service. It had earlier launched Yahoo 360, a social networking website, and Yahoo for Teachers, a site for teaches to find their former and present students, both of which did not do well. In September 2007, the company launched Mash, another social networking website, which is currently in beta phase.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates