Yahoo Getting Academic On Social Networking
Dr. R. Preston McAfee and Dr. Duncan Watts are the two scientists Yahoo has hired to work in the Yahoo Research department. Dr. McAfee will be the vice president and research fellow leading Yahoo’s microeconomics research group and Dr. Watts will be lead Yahoo’s research in human social dynamics, which includes all of Yahoo’s social networks initiatives. Yahoo has been vocal about integrating social media into their search algorithms, this move is just one more step towards that.
They hope that with these hires, Yahoo can begin to better “answer complex questions in areas including search and information navigation, social media, community, personalization, and mobility,” according Prabhakar Raghavan, Head of Yahoo! Research.