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Sep 01

Monkeys on Facebook

by Patrick • September 1, 2011

When I wrote about social networking and popularity some weeks back I was reminded how often I’m floored by the amount of "Friends" some people have on Facebook. I know one who has almost 1500. 1500! Forget 1500 friends – I don’t even think that I can name 1500 people (I get to about 40 […]

Posted in People Search, Tech Watch

Aug 10

Google+: A Boom or a Bust?

by Patrick • August 10, 2011

Well that was fast. It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were talking about the release of Google+ (oh wait – that’s because we were!), and now it appears that the search engine giant’s new social networking platform has already pulled ahead of the pack. That is, at least, according to a […]

Posted in People Search, Tech Watch

Jul 13

Google+, Facebook, Spokeo and You

by Patrick • July 13, 2011

It seems like everybody is talking about Google’s new social networking platform, Google+ (Google Plus). The conversation inevitably has focused on the similarities and differences between it and the almighty Book (Facebook), and whether its features are attractive enough to draw users away from said Book. It’s still early in the game, of course, but […]

Posted in People Search, Tech Watch

Dec 14

Social Networks and People Search: Evolution In Progress

by Patrick • December 14, 2010

Mark Suster, a guest-blogger over at TechCrunch, has written a fun, breezy history of social networking. Suster was there in the beginning, from the misty pre-history of CompuServe and Prodigy through the AOL epoch, when a plague of those CDs with "1000 Hours of FREE AOL" began popping up all over the place (my brother […]

Posted in People Search, Tech Watch

Dec 01

Jaron Lanier vs. Web 2.0 – An Alternative View on User-Generated Content

by Patrick • December 1, 2010

"Jaron Zepel Lanier (born May 3, 1960) pronounced /ˈdʒɛrɨn lɨˈnir/ is an American computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author. He made an experimental film in the past, but does not consider himself a filmmaker. In the early 1980s he popularized the term "Virtual Reality" (VR) for a field in which he was a pioneer. […]

Posted in Inside Spokeo, People Search, Tech Watch, The Spokeo Perspective

Apr 28

Evolution, not Revolution

by Nasrin • April 28, 2010

Nowadays, you don’t have to venture far to discover that the latest technologies are widely available among many people. Anytime a telephone rings in a crowd, everyone commences to check, then pull out, their latest smartphone. Whether it’s a Blackberry, Sidekick, Palm, Droid, I-Phone, or any of the diverse models available on the market today, […]

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Jan 15

The Web as the social network

by Harrison • January 15, 2008

At this year’s CES, Yahoo announced their plans for Yahoo! Mail to become a central hub for your social activity. This new Yahoo! Mail (called Yahoo! Life) will treat email addresses as social profiles, and friendships will be based on how often you communicate with your contacts. In many ways, this is what Spokeo has […]

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Nov 09

Open Social Graph 2.0

by Harrison • November 9, 2007

Recently there has been a lot of discussion and excitement around Google’s OpenSocial. Actually the idea of an open social graph has been around for a long time. Six Apart (people behind LiveJournal, Typepad, and Vox) announced their plans for opening up their social graph in September 2007. Even before that, Spokeo released the first-ever […]

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Oct 01

Thoughts on Techcrunch’s mention of Spokeo

by Harrison • October 1, 2007

Techcrunch (a very influential Tech blog) profiled FriendFeed today and mentioned Spokeo as a competitor. I am not sure what FriendFeed does since it is still in private beta. I would however, like to clarify Spokeo’s value proposition as a friend tracker, and what makes it different from other social network aggregators. There are already […]

Posted in People Search, Tech Watch

Sep 11

Building user trust

by Harrison • September 11, 2007

I was reading how some websites (most recently Quechup) mishandle their user privacy. As you know, many social networks induce users to invite their friends en-mass, which is known as “viral marketing.” Some unethical sites take this tactic too far and simply spam their users’ address books. While I understand the need to grow a […]

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