Yahoo Gets a Kickstart On Social Networking

College students and alumni have a new virtual gathering place, Kickstart, Yahoo’s latest Web 2.0 endeavor aimed to chip away at Facebook and LinkedIn.At it’s simplest level, think Classmates meets the job hunt. New users set up a basic profile by inputting their college and professional information. You are then automatically (unless you opt out) connected with the people who also attended your school. The goal is to have alumni help alumni land on both feet in the workforce.

kickstartFuture iterations will include events, message boards and other Web 2.0 features y’all have become accustomed to.

In order to get the community hopping with participants, Kickstart is offering a $25,000 prize to the school that gets the most alumni to sign up before the end of the year.

Kickstart hopes you’ll leave your beer-funneling pictures on MySpace, graduate from FaceBook and jump start your career with them. Surprisingly, the site fills an age niche that might not be at its saturation pint on the Web: recent grads.

As put by Kickstart: Keep your social profile fun, but your professional profile polished.

The site has a nice and clean layout and I was able to set up my profile in no time. I like the fact that if I’m looking to hire an employee I’ll be able to select from my Alma mater or search by school.

The site is currently in preview mode.