Archive for January, 2009
We’ve had enough interest in job postings that we’re officially launching our new job board. We spent many hours creating and testing the board on top of our proprietary internSHARE framework and we hope you enjoy the result. We have a small number of jobs posted already and we hope that it will grow over time. Posting a job is FREE in there is no harm done, so if you’re an employer reading this, post an internship, summer job, co-op, new grad, or part time job!
We just launched our new Rating System. It’s important to note right off the bat the reviews still use the same five point scale and rate the same six categories. The changes are in the way we determined the overall company ratings. We average all of the user ratings in each category to determine overall ratings and we used to display these numbers on a scale of 5 with 0.5 point intervals. The new system still averages all user ratings but will give ratings out of 100, which allows for better comparison between companies. The reason for changing is to make the site more useful and give you the best experience possible and we hope that’s what you find.
Here’s an example describing the benefit of the new system. Previously, Company A might have had an overall rating of 4.5 and Company B might have had an overall rating of 4.5. Because of our 0.5 interval scale, this means that each company’s exact rating could be between 4.26 and 4.75 but was rounded to 4.5. The new system will give more accurate ratings out of 100, so if Company A was really 4.26 and B was really 4.75, then the ratings will now appear as 85 and 95, a considerable difference!
As you may know, internSHARE is a Facebook Connect site, which means we can bring Facebook Application features directly to our site. One benefit of connecting your internSHARE and Facebook accounts (or logging in directly with your Facebook account) is that you will be able to see more information about reviewers who have also connected to Facebook. We recently launched internSHARE profiles so that members can find out a bit more about who wrote a review and now Facebook profile information will automatically supplement your internSHARE profile.
Try going to a company page like IBM or AMD and see what kinds of information you can see. You’ll notice that the information you see is limited by a reviewer’s Facebook Privacy settings and whether they wrote an anonymous review.
This might sound rather complicated but rest assured that you can only see information on internSHARE that you would be able to see on Facebook. Access to Facebook information is controlled by Facebook and nothing is stored on our servers, we simply bring together the information dynamically to give you a better experience.
We added Mini-User Profiles to internSHARE. By enabling your profile, a small box with your Profile information will be visible beside your reviews. Anonymous reviews will only show your Program and Graduation Year. To activate your Profile, go to your Settings page and fill out as much information as you want, then click on the “Show” link.
By filling out your profile, you’re helping readers get a sense of your experience which can be used to put your reviews in context.
Send us any comments you have about the new Profile system.