Search specialist Workdigital today launched a job search service for Twitter, which scours the messaging site for vacancies and contextualises job information.
Launching at the South by South West Interactive festival in Texas – where Twitter first took off among the early adopter tech community two years ago – the developers claim the service could indicate a revenue model for the service.
Despite steady growth, there has been much speculation over how the free messaging service will make money. Workdigital said Twitter JobSearch could build a simple advertising-supported service, similar to Google, by pulling certain messages out of the site.
“The pool of data of Twitter is really not valuable until it can be organised,” said Henry Mackintosh, the Workdigital head of marketing.
“We scan millions of tweets but also drill down a bit further to create a very strong contextual search. There are about 25,000 jobs mentioned on Twitter and thousands being added every hour.”
Twitter JobSearch will pull in additional details such as location or job title to add more context than just links to a web page.
Twitter is reported to have between 4 million and 6 million users each month, though the San Francisco-based company does not release figures.
The service is pushing a trend towards “real-time” search results as individual posts become more popular and show up within Google listings.
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by Jemima Kiss