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Yahoo kickstarts a new "Facebook"... literally

Yahoo is launching a new Social Service (opens in new tab) aimed at College students, Alumni and recruiters.

The new service, called Kickstart, comes a few weeks after its 360 blogging/social networking effort was dumped.

Although it draws immediate comparisons with Facebook, the social network website that Yahoo (opens in new tab) failed to acquired last year for USD 1 bn, Kickstart aims at helping students build their professional networks rather than just seeking fun.

The site could be particularly effective at recruiting work placement students and could fill a niche between Facebook and Linked In.

The site is currently in beta version and is already opened to Yahoo users worldwide; features present include discussion forums, bulletins and event pages.

One good thing is that it does offer an extensive database of colleges, universities and other institutions outside America with Indian, French and UK candidates.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.