Microsoft Hiring to Handpick Search Results

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Here is a paragraph from MSN Search jobs page:

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!

Apparently, MSN is getting desperate. Searching other search engines for better results and then adding them to your own SERPs by hand…Sad…

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UPDATE: As Danny pointed out, this could very well be a joke. We are waiting for a confirmation. Good lesson for all of us : )

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Andrey Milyan was the first editor-in-chief of Search Marketing Standard, the leading print publication covering the search marketing industry. He has been following and reporting on industry developments for over 10 years. Andrey now works in the paid search sector of a prominent search marketing agency.

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  1. Anonymous

    This is a joke - really:

    Danny Sullivan realizing he got duped
    http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/060615-101602

  2. Andrey Milyan

    LOL, should've paid more attention myself.

  3. Anonymous

    the lesson being that you should confirm stories before giving your opinion?

  4. Frances

    Does this mean that we can expect more generous coffee and bathroom breaks at Search Marketing Standard too? Hehehehe ... good one, Andrey.

  5. Brian

    149 words per minute?
    I think that would break your fingers.