/// Beyond Name Dropping and Fancy Degrees: Crunching Data to Make Living Resumes [NetworkEffect]
As we put more and more of our selves online, often under our real names, we create living resumes more descriptive than the familiar static list of where we went to school and where we were employed. Just Google-stalking a person doesn’t necessarily indicate how capable they are, but peer review, social feedback and other comparisons can help make sense of all that information. A new site called Gitalytics credentials programmers by evaluating the significane of their open source contributions as recorded on the popular project hosting site Github . Gitalytics is a product of White Label Labs, a start-up led by former Imeem engineering manager Sameer Al-Sakran. It’s aimed at hirers and recruiters who are willing to pay at least $75 per month to evaluate potential candidates. As the site puts it, “Resume inflation might be rampant but code talks!” Gitalytics is notable for its efforts to quantify a person’s value. The site gives scores for “productivity” (as measured by what portion of a project a coder contributed) and “impact” (from factors like how many Github users are following a project). Gitalytics is part of a larger trend towards living our professional lives online, in an environment where we are evaluated by our peers, and thus creating publicly available evidence of how good we might be at a job we don’t have yet. For coders and the people who want to hire them, Gitalytics might be useful. For other professions, valuable indicators could be a person’s well-received contributions on Quora or a high Klout score measuring his or her influence on Twitter. Moral of the story? Researching a person online doesn’t have to just be about drudging up drunken Facebook photos.