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132 Kids In The Back Room Typing 150 WPM

Yesterday, Danny Sullivan, Threadwatch, Blogoscope and others got pulled in by a joke job posting for human search query responders at Microsoft.

Two comments: first, its refreshing to see the folks at MS have a sense of humor; and second, when the blogosphere errs, it self-corrects amazingly fast.

With enough eyes, all bugs are shallow applies to open-source news, too.

If you missed it, here’s the job posting:

Hand crafted results

When all else fails, and the ranking algorithms do not pass the confidence threshold, we fall back to delivering handcrafted results. Working on a team of approximately 132 other handcrafters in 26 worldwide markets, you will receive a user query, use all the available search engines to quickly scour the web for results, pick the top 10 results for this query, and send it on to the user. Successful handcrafters can typically find top 10 results for a real-time user’s query in less than 3.8 seconds. This is an opportunity to truly connect with customers, because the queries that get routed to you are precisely the ones that the engine cannot answer well. We will have adequate staffing to allow generous coffee and bathroom breaks.
If you are an expert at using at least 3 different search engines, well versed with American English/colloquial usage, and can type at > 149 words/minute as measured by the Simia-Lico method – come join us and delight users real-time!

(from the fake MS job posting)

  • Alan Rimm-Kaufman
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