Entering the Metaweb

I am two weeks into a new position as Senior QA Engineer at Metaweb. The current plan is for me to lead testing of Freebase, our client application (currently in an invite-only Alpha). It was a bit surreal of a decision to make. It meant leaving the most fun work environment I’ve ever had – and after only 6 months, something I’ve never done before – but the opportunity to be a part of what Metaweb is trying to do is too rich an opportunity for me to pass up.

And what are we doing that’s so exciting? In short, we aim to organize the world’s knowledge – in ways that are more meaningful to machines than pages of text. We hope that Freebase will compliment the fantastic ways that Google and the Wikipedia already help us to access the information we need – solving certain problems that are challenging using current options.

You can read more about what we’re doing at the NY Times, at Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Books’ blog here and here, or listen to an in depth interview of our “Minister of Information”.

I am only a few weeks into the job. One of my first impressions (besides the usual excited blur as I learn a new application and explore a new domain) is that it’s very refreshing to come to an environment where there are already experienced testers. The last two places I’ve worked, I’ve enjoyed getting to create the test processes from scratch. Now I’m enjoying learning from what others have established…and providing thoughts and ideas from the perspective of an outsider coming in to an existing organization, rather than building from scratch.


One Response to “Entering the Metaweb”

  1. Jason Says:

    Best of luck on the new job. Sounds like a great place. Having other seasoned professionals can be a welcomed change.

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