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Apple using Facebook to hunt for iPhone engineers

Oct 22, 2007
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Facebook is more than just a place to waste time and follow friends – it's also a place to find iPhone engineers.

At least, that seems to be what Apple (AAPL) is hoping. The company today used the Facebook Marketplace to list
this opening
for an iPhone software engineer, who would work on the iPhone's e-mail functions.

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From the job listing:

Along with excellent skills in object-oriented software design and programming, the successful candidate will have real-world experience optimizing size and performance of applications and frameworks with some experience in email protocols used to in design and develop an Email Client. You will be responsible for implementing new features in existing applications as well as developing new and very complex applications from top to bottom, from user interface design to design and implementation of supporting frameworks.

The fact that Apple is using Facebook to spread the word about an opening probably says more about the social network than about Apple. Apple frequently uses online job boards to advertise its openings, but Facebook's relatively new Marketplace feature is unproven. Perhaps the clearest proof of its nascent status: There are more than 77,000 members of the Silicon Valley network where Apple posted the job, but at the time this was written, the listing had gotten just seven views.


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Other job postings could suggest Apple plans to add more business e-mail features to the iPhone soon.
This post on Monster.com
, for example, seeks a iPhone Windows Outlook/Exchange QA engineer. An excerpt:


The iPhone Quality team is looking for a motivated, highly-technical Exchange test/sync engineer with excellent problem solving and communication skills. You will join a dynamic team responsible for qualifying the latest iPhone products. Your focus will be testing Exchange and Outlook functionality with Apple’s innovative new phone. The successful candidate will complete both documented and adhoc testing to ensure high quality releases.

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