Michael Specht

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Unlock the social graph of candidates

April 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Digital Identity, Privacy, Recruitment · 2,863 views



First you need to know what a social graph is, simple put by Brad¬†Fitzpatrick the “social graph” is “the global mapping of everybody and how they’re related”, therefore your social graph is a mapping of everyone and how they are related to you.

So what does this have to do with candidates? Well I am glad you asked.

Two things:

  1. Helps you find them
  2. Helps you research them

Simple really.

Now the fun bit. Fire up your copy of Firefox, you have Firefox right? Head over and grab a copy of the new Firefox extension Identify. Head to a page that has a rel=”me” tag in the HTML, press Control i and bingo you find all sorts of useful information about the person.

Example Identify Image

This is the first tool to really open up the social graph for visual analysis. The plugin uses the Google Social Graph API to bring together all sorts of data about the person.

Now lots of discussions need to be had on privacy, data protection etc but I can see potential.

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