WhoKnows builds a network of expertise as well as relationships. Therefore, WhoKnows can find and recommend colleagues based on their profile, their expertise, and their relationships.
If you search for a topic or skill
WhoKnows will recommend any colleague that has a matching skill published to their profile. WhoKnows can also match on synonyms and related terms to increase discoverability.
If you search for a person's name, title, company, etc
WhoKnows will return three types of potenital results...
Any colleague that matches the search criteria
Any contact of yours that matches the search criteria (1st degree contacts)
Any colleague that can introduce you to a contact that matches the search criteria (2nd degree contacts)