LinkedIn Debuts Faceted Search

LinkedIn principal product manager Esteban Kozak used the LinkedIn Blog to announce the professional networking service’s new Faceted Search feature, which allows users to search LinkedIn profiles based on eight facets: current company, past company, company location, relationship, location, industry, school and profile languages.

Highlights from Kozak’s post, followed by a video describing LinkedIn Faceted Search:

A new module titled “Refine By” will include a list of the most relevant facets, based on the actual results of your original query.

The filters are generated in real-time for every query by parsing all matching results and extracting the most important attributes. We then present those to you in an intuitive interface that lets you select one or multiple filters per facet. You can refine, expand or stumble upon insightful information by simply clicking on the search options that matter to you.

Faceted Search offers the following benefits to your search experience on LinkedIn:

Enables true guided navigation: A list of filters is generated dynamically for every search in order to guide you through the optimal path to find the most relevant people.

Provides intuitive interface: Refining your search is easier than ever with an intuitive user interface that allows you to slice and dice search results by eight facets.

Improves precision: As LinkedIn continues to grow by the millions, increasing search space requires increased precision to help you find exactly the right people.

Increases efficiency: Find talent, business partners, customers or a former colleague faster than ever before.

Reduces need for complex queries: It significantly reduces the need for complex Boolean queries. This was a particular need we heard from many of our power users.