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  • Attendi Wants to Search Inside Your Head

    Attendi Wants to Search Inside Your Head

    As if the more than 20 billion Web pages out there aren’t enough, a new startup coming out of stealth mode today called Attendi has come up with a new twist on “people search.” This is not to be confused with the type of people search that Facebook is getting into (actually searching for people—see also Spock, Wink, Zoominfo, WikiYou and PeekYou), or the type of… Read More

  • Squidoo Gets Into People Search

    Squidoo Gets Into People Search

    We’re not sure when it launched, but Fred Wilson has discovered that Seth Godin’s Squidoo has quietly entered the people search field with a new product called Squidwho. Squidwho provides similar features to competitors including Wink, Spock, PeekYou, WikiYou and Zoominfo. Pages include a short biography, Amazon products (where applicable), YouTube videos, Flickr shots, latest news and… Read More

  • People Search Business Just Got More Complicated As Facebook Enters Market

    People Search Business Just Got More Complicated As Facebook Enters Market

    Facebook just announced that they are now allowing public searches of their users by people without Facebook accounts. Not much information is included in the results (see image below)- just the name and primary photograph included in the user profile, and users can easily elect to stop search engines from indexing their information by changing their privacy settings. As Om Malik notes, this is… Read More

  • PeekYou: Spock Has Competition

    PeekYou: Spock Has Competition

    PeekYou is a fairly new site that competes in a growingly crowded people search space. The site offers the standard features we’ve come to expect from people focused search sites. A general user profile includes tags, which are divided into three categories (life, work and school) for context, web links including social network profiles, bio and picture. PeekYou was founded by Michael… Read More

  • War Of The People Search

    I moderated a fascinating panel tonight at Google headquarters that included execs from three “people search engines” – the CEO of Wink (Michael Tanne), the CEO of Spock (Jaideep Singh), and the COO of Zoominfo (Bryan Burdick). The panel was very timely. Earlier today the Wall Street Journal published an article called “You’re Nobody Unless Your Name Googles… Read More

  • Exclusive Screenshots: Spock's New People Engine

    Exclusive Screenshots: Spock's New People Engine

    It’s not often we hear about a startup’s venture financing before we see the product, but that is the case with yet-to-launch Spock, located in Silicon Valley. Rumors about their $7 million Series A round of financing from Clearstone Venture Partners and Opus Capital Ventures circulated last December, months before the beta service was planned to launch. I met with founders Jaideep… Read More

  • Wink Pulls Half An Odeo, Partially Liquidates

    Search engine startup Wink has offered to buy back stock from investors with remaining cash at a rate of fifty cents on the dollar, according to sources involved with the company. The company has raised two rounds of financing totaling $7 million to date. Our understanding is that some of the investors have elected to sell their stock back to the company under these terms. Wink’s main… Read More

  • Streakr Search Makes Social Networks Bare All

    Streakr Search Makes Social Networks Bare All

    Vivek, over at Startup Squad, recently discovered a new social network and social networking meta search engine, Streakr. The main URL still says the site is coming soon. The new engine lets you search the profiles on the major networks (MySpace, Hi5, Bebo, and Facebook) as well at it’s own social network. It appears to be a hook to draw people into their main service, like Wink did when… Read More

  • Wink Now Searches MySpace, LinkedIn and Bebo

    Wink Now Searches MySpace, LinkedIn and Bebo

    Social search site Wink released a new feature called People Search this weekend and I think it’s going to be a big move for the company. Wink People Search searches over the user profiles of MySpace, LinkedIn and Bebo. It’s not a mashup of the sites’ own search functions, it’s an original indexing of more than 100 million profiles over these three social networking sites. Read More

  • Wink 2.0 goes live

    Social search company Wink just went live with their relaunched site, making better use of collaboratively built collections, offering a Firefox toolbar and other changes we detailed in an early preview. Wink is a smart, well funded company with a useful service in a space that’s got a lot of potential. This relaunch isn’t terribly exciting but it does make one of the major players in… Read More