Socializing Search. Professionally.
Sriram Sankar and Daniel Tunkelang
Presented at the O'Reilly Strata 2014 Conference
LinkedIn has a unique data collection: the 277M+ members who use LinkedIn are also the most valuable entities in our corpus, which consists of people, companies, jobs, and a rich content ecosystem. Our members use LinkedIn to satisfy a diverse set of navigational and exploratory information needs, which we address by leveraging semi-structured and social content to understanding their query intent and deliver a personalized search experience.
As a result, we’ve built a system quite different from those used for web or enterprise search. In this talk, we will discuss how we have addressed the unique scalability, performance, and search quality challenges in order to deliver billions of deeply personalized searches to our members. Although many of the challenges we face are unique to LinkedIn, we hope that the ideas we share will prove useful to other folks thinking about entity-oriented search or working with large-scale social network data.