Search Me – Spock
As yet unreleased and sitting in Beta mode – (so run over there now and ask to be a Beta tester if you wish), Spock is a search engine for people. That is – you search for people.
Zoominfo and in a sense LinkedIn have been there before with this but how Spock works is by collecting all the information it can find on you by tapping up the feeds, social networks, websites etc and amalgamating all of this ‘user’ (for want of a better word) info into one large database.
Is this a scary thought? Well, your information is already out there. You’re giving up more and more of it freely everyday. It’s only a matter of time before someone starts to collate this and profile you to the public. Let’s face it. Companies have been doing it for years. .
Spock is said to launch with around 100 million profiles of people in its database. One of the largest open hubs of personal profiles anywhere.
Search results will serve up pictures, address, occupation, interests and other facts and research on the profile.* It will also offer an element of social input a la Wikipedia. Again – is that a good thing or bad thing?
ZoomInfo, who charge for subscription, has 29 million profiles. LinkedIn has about 9 million profiles and is looking to expand to 100 million by 2008. Meanwhile, Spock’s 100 million, will only grow, according to co-founders Jaideep Singh and Jay Bhatti.**
Spock has received a $1million investment from Clearstone Venture Partners. It’s based in Silicon Valley with a development team in Bangalore. As yet – full release has not been announced.