Are social networking sites good for recruiters?
There are two reasons to answer no.
1. They won't last.
2. They are not structured for business relationships.
Chris Taylor, the Heroic Techie tells us that it's the revenue model -- not the size of the audience that determines success.
Woodstock had a large audience of people who didn't want to spend any money. And the same is true of MySpace.
It's got a lot of customers who won't support its advertisers and will leave as soon as the novelty wears off or something new comes along.
The Techie even has the temerity to take on LinkedIn. It has an audience that is willing to spend money but as it grows it will be subject to the bozo invasion. And, once there is a lot of dead wood on its shelves it won't be that useful or popular.
The Techie cites party-lines, bulletin boards and IRC among the once hot now not methods of social interaction and believes that MySpace will follow in their wake.
And, CNET plays much the same tune though it gives more of a hearing to MySpace' claim that it has all the features of a major portal now and will add even more to hold its audience as it matures.
Shannon Seery, however, takes a different approach.
According to her, MySpace is no good to recruiters and candidates because of the questions it asks when it creates your profile.
It wants to know your marital status, sexual orientation, religion and smoking and drinking habits.
This makes it clear that MySpace is not primarily about business but leisure.
Hat Tip: Phil Chen