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June 15, 2006

Ignore the folks behind the MSN Search curtain

Posted by David Hunter at 12:57 PM ET.

From the SEO Black Hat blog comes an amusing pointer to a MSN help wanted posting that’s drawing lots of comment:

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!

It’s nice that they allow generous bathroom breaks, but I’m finding it a little hard to believe that someone is actually handcrafting responses to “tough” queries at MSN Search by using other search engines and typing fast. However, you can get to the listing from the MSN Search Jobs page, Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Watch believes it, and Google Blogoscoped has commenced the snarking, so I guess it must be true. You learn something new every day.

Filed under Live Search, MSN, MSN Search, Microsoft, Windows Live

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One Response to “Ignore the folks behind the MSN Search curtain”

  1. Ice Blog » Update: MSN w├╝rfelt nicht… Says:

    [...] …sie schummeln sogar. (Hab ich mal entlehnt, weil ich es mag) Die Gerüchte um ein MSN Job Offer, die gestern in der früh zuerst bei SEO BlackHat, dann hier, bei Philipp und später auf den großen amerikanischen SEO Seiten zu lesen waren sind der Ausgangspunkt kontroverser Diskussionen ob das Ganze ein Hack, Joke oder tatsächlich war ist. In den Diskussionen finden sich auf jeden Fall genug Hinweise, die an der Glaubwürdigkeit des Angebots zweifeln lassen. Niemand sagt, dass es sich hier um eine ernst gemeinte Anzeige handelt. (Sorry, auch ich hab die Anzeige anfangs nicht kritisch genug betrachtet) Das eigentlich Lustige ist doch aber, dass es (IMMERNOCH, 16.06.06, 9:00) auf der MSN Site liegt und von aus über 4 Clicks zu erreichen ist. Sollte MSN etwa einen Sinn für Humor haben? [...]

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