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LinkedIn’s Massive Data Will Increase … But Passive-Candidate-Recruiting Competitors Say Its Advantage Won’t

by May 14, 2013, 5:37 pm ET

Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 9.45.07 AMLinkedIn’s killing it when it comes to gathering data on each and every one of us, with each and every one of us doing the work for it to populate our profiles and thus collect that data.

That LinkedIn mother lode will keep growing, says Jon Bischke, founder of Entelo. But so will the rest of the world’s information — information that we won’t be putting into LinkedIn.

“LinkedIn has a huge chunk of data on the web,” Bischke said at the Recruiting Innovation Summit in San Francisco. “LinkedIn will have more data, but a smaller percentage of all the data.”

His point — one in which he has a vested interest — is that Entelo, and competitors like Dice (with its Open Web tool) as well as TalentBin are building up vast amounts of information, and it’s stuff that’s not necessarily part of the faux-resumes, endorsements, groups, and updates we’ve come to know on LinkedIn.

Bischke says one staffing team, looking for some super-hard-to-find mobile engineers, found four of them in six weeks using his product.

TalentBin’s founder Pete Kazanjy agrees that LinkedIn has a near “monopoly” on information on business professionals, but says he considers that a “short-term” advantage.

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  • Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Todd. At the RIS, I saw a brief *informal alpha-test of a product which looks like it skips way ahead of what DICE, Entelo, and TalentBin currently offer. It creates what I’ve been hoping someone would create for *years- something I’ve called a “digital dossier”.

    Cheers,

    Keith

    *They showed me what they’re working on using their laptop

    ** Keith Halperin Feb 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm
    IMHO, Shally-bots (or as I call them: “Stasi-bots”, after the East German Secret Police) will make much sourcing obsolete. Why? When you know where someone is and what they’re doing, you don’t need to look for them. Consider this ~2012-2015 scenario: a bright 16 year old girl wins a prize in a regional computer-science competition for high-schoolers. This sort of thing draws the attention of one of “The Corporation’s” many Stasi-bots, who are then alerted to use their data-mining and aggregation subroutines to assemble a digital dossier on young Ms. “Sinha”. By analyzing her DD, it’s determined that among other things, she is quite a fan of the latest trend in Young Adult Fiction: YA Zombie Novels, so she receives a YA Z-themed text-card (eye-balled for appropriateness by a $2/hr Virtual Assistant in Ho Chi Minh City) inviting her and her parents to visit “The Corporation’s” campus over spring break at “The Corporation’s” expense. It all starts from there….