Yahoo! has entered the social networking business kicking and starting with Kickstart, a site that seems to want to bridge the fun of Facebook with the more grown-up, careerist aspects of LinkedIn. Kickstart’s stated purpose is “to connect college students, recent grads, professionals and alumni to discover internships and jobs, or get career advice and mentorship.” Karine Joly (of collegewebeditor.com) recently interviewed Scott Gatz, who manages the Kickstart team.
Kickstart is also offering $25,000 to the university that can sign up the most members by Dec. 31 — a move that will benefit the big schools. And already, a few big schools have signed up.