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Google Hire vs Microsoft’s Linkedin: What’s Your Take?

Google Hire

Earlier this year, Google launched its Google for Jobs search engine, which organised listings from a range of employment sites including LinkedIn, Careerbuilder and Glassdoor.

Then late last month. it unveiled its first piece of Human Resource (HR) software, called Google Hire, which will help small and mid-sized US businesses to communicate with candidates, schedule interviews and manage overall job applications. Through the tool recruiters can customize their hiring process by setting questions, coding tests and on site presentations for the requirements of each role, allowing the internet search giant to take a stab at sites like LinkedIn and Indeed, as spotted by Axios.

Microsoft’s Linkedin

LinkedIn is a business- and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites and mobile apps. It is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. As of April 2017, LinkedIn had 500 million members in 200 countries.

Job recruiters, head hunters, and personnel HR are increasingly using LinkedIn as a source for finding potential candidates. By using their Advanced search tools, recruiters can find members matching their specific key words with a click of a button. They then can make contact with those members by sending a request to connect or by sending InMail about a specific job opportunity he or she may have. Recruiters also often join industry based groups on LinkedIn to create connections with professionals in that line of business.

The Rivalry

While it’s solely based in the US, Google Hire is rivaling HR software vendors like Workday, Greenhouse, Lever and Microsoft. The company says it plans to expand Hire to other countries but did not specify if or when it was coming to the UK.

“The recruiting system market is vast with a number of companies providing similar services,” Gartner analyst, Helen Poitevin said. “However, with the heavy investment in machine learning for matching people to jobs, and the close tie to other G suite applications, Microsoft is the obvious rival, particularly with their LinkedIn acquisition and their Dynamics 365 Talent offering, which is tightly integrated with Office 365”.

Latest Move

LinkedIn has put a lot of effort into new areas of business like content, education and bringing on new users in emerging markets; and this month, the company debuted a new service that identifies potential mentors and people who might be looking for mentorship in a specific area, and then helps match them to each other. The service  is free and will be available first to users in San Francisco and Australia, while Google Hire is planning to invest further in machine learning tools which will allow candidates to reapply for positions and new job opportunities while also extending it to other countries.

Sources: Computer world Uk, Wikipedia

Google Has launched Street View, Launchpad Space and YouTube Go in Nigeria

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, first visit to Nigeria, was to attend a #GoogleForNigeria event in Lagos yesterday (July 27) as the company launched a range of new products, including YouTube Go, an “offline first” version of the video sharing platform for users with slow internet connections.

YouTube Go will allow users preview and download videos, rather than stream, and essentially save on data costs. Nigerian video content, led by the burgeoning Nollywood film industry and ‘Afrobeats’ pop stars, is extremely popular, but with slow and expensive internet access, some Nigerians limit their online viewing to the workplace where connections might be better according to executives at online video companies like IrokoTV.

It’s certainly not lacking in potential. Even though Nigeria’s internet subscriber base has shrunk over the past year due to a regulatory clampdown on unregistered sim cards, the country still has over 91 million mobile internet users, according to regulators. However, that vast user base is largely undermined by unreliable connections across the country. Nigeria has some of the slowest internet speeds of the major economies in Africa.

Google is betting on its new data-friendly version of YouTube to help local users navigate that problem. Nigeria will become the second country where the app been launched after a beta launch later this year. YouTube Go was first launched in India in April. For the last few years there has been plenty of hype about the possible impact of internet access throughout Africa, particularly as mobile phone usage, and then smartphone use, grew rapidly. But it is only in the last two years that the world’s biggest tech leaders have visited to see the potential for themselves.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launched Windows 10 in Nairobi in July 2015, while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had high profile visits to Lagos and Nairobi last year. Last week, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma touched down in Nairobi and Kigali. Local startup founders and investors will hope these high profile visits will help drive interest in their tech ecosystems beyond being seen as experimental or just for social impact enterprises.

Read: Alibaba, PayPal, Google, Facebook Battling to Dominate African Tech Industry

Google is also deepening its product offering in Nigeria including improving its Maps service which has seen Nigerian user numbers double in the past year. As an added feature for Maps, Google announced the launch of its Street View product in Lagos which allows users to virtually view “10,000 kilometers of imagery” across the city.

Pichai said his company is also trying to plug the crucial funding and skills gap on the continent. Google has committed $20 million in grants to “high impact non-profits” in Africa over the next few years. Google will also provide $3 million in equity-free funding to African entrepreneurs and open its first Google Launchpad Space outside the United States in Lagos this year. In addition, Pichai said, Google will train over 100,000 software developers across the continent, with an initial focus on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The training sessions will also be offered in local languages including Swahili, Hausa and Zulu and 40% of trainees will be women.

19-Year-Old Ghanaian has Built a Search Engine to Rival Google and Youtube

Gabriel Opare, a 19-year-old Ghanaian student has built a new search engine to rival Google and Youtube. Gabriel built a free search engine for videos called Mudclo. Mudclo, an impressive metasearch engine, allows users to discover, search and stream video content from multiple sources on the internet all in one place.

Gabriel believes his search engine is good enough to compete in the search engine business and that it can scale globally. According to Gabriel, “YouTube is a video hosting website, Mudclo combines the power of YouTube and two other video hosting websites in order to create Mudclo,” Its users most popular searches include adverts, music videos and amateur content.

What Google Users Think About Africa

This is a big innovation coming out from Ghana which has seen countries like Nigeria and Kenya popping out series of tech innovations in recent times. Opare is only a level 300 sociology student of the University of Ghana and taught himself how to code by taking online courses during his free time. It is amazing for Gabriel to have come up with this innovation, considering the fact that his skills are not polished yet and he has not gone through high level coding programs like those of Andela.

Mudclo has already caught the attention of some tech companies, including more established video hosting sites, although, there is still some work to be done on Mudclo to fix bugs, boost the features and visual experiences it offers users.