Spock News

Over the last half year, the people search crowd have been slugging it out, if our experience at BNET is any indication. Back in October, we had a chat with Spock.com co-founder Jay Bhatti, at the company’s request, the emphasis being its growing nature. Then during the winter, Yasni.com founder Steffen Rühl wanted a conversation, also to discuss the company’s growth — or, as I found from looking at the data, growth still waiting to happen. Now 123people.com has asked for a conversation, citing statistics that show it the leader. However, when I checked the referenced sources, the numbers came to only a fraction of what the company claimed…

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Intelius, a company that performs background checks on people, has acquired Spock, a people search engine, for an undisclosed amount. The deal was signed today, VentureBeat just confirmed with Spock’s co-founder Jaideep Singh. Unconfirmed rumors of the deal first appeared yesterday on Techcrunch.

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Spock unveils ‘People Search’ for iPhone

by Jay Bhatti on February 2, 2009

‘People Search’ is the first and only People Search application on the iPhone. ‘People Search’ lets you find the people that you are interested in.

Who are you looking for on the web?
* Your friends?
* People with similar interests?
* Celebrities?
* Your favorite musician / author / sports star?
* The team behind your favorite company?
* Employees of the company that you are interested in?
* Professionals of a particular domain?

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Review of the Year 2008 and Trends Watch

by Jay Bhatti on January 5, 2009

Paula Hane of Information Today Inc reviews the top tech trends of 2008 and gives a sneak peak at 2009.

The recession dominates our thoughts, of course …

It’s hard not to be discouraged when we see the belt-tightening going on across all sectors in reaction to the tough economic conditions—cost cutting, layoffs, closures, loss of advertising, scaled back growth plans, etc. … But we’re a tough and resilient lot. Things are bound to improve. And, as one of my more optimistic-minded colleagues pointed out, the tough times forced his company to re-examine how it was doing things and to implement some cost-cutting changes that should have been made earlier.

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Seth Grimes of Information Enterprise reviews people search engine Spoke, giving praise to Spock.

“If you want to keep your job, use Spoke,” advises recent e-mail from the folks behind “the fastest growing and most up-to-date business network in the U.S.” Sounds like something to look into — social / people networks are one of the most important BI assets to have emerged in recent years — and I figured I owe Spoke another chance after panning it back in 2004. Grading according to the same accuracy, completeness, quality, usefulness, and usability standards I’d apply to other BI tools, I’m afraid I’d give Spoke a low C. Here’s why.

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Spock.com Taps Text Analytics

by Jay Bhatti on December 16, 2008

Seth Grimes of Intelligent Enterprise interviews Spock’s Andrew Borthwick.

Spock is a people-search engine, currently in beta release. The company uses “a combination of search-engine technologies and user edits to aggregate the world’s people information and make it searchable.” Think Google meets LinkedIn: Web search with accuracy boosted by allowing individuals to claim, augment, and correct information about themselves. (See the screenshot below, right.)

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Matchacollege.com names Spock as one of its 50 best semantic apps for educators.

The semantic web has been touted as the next great frontier on the Internet. Teaching computers to understand how the human brain categorizes and thinks is at the heart of this concept and promises to open the doors to easier and more efficient access to information on the Internet.

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Spock.com: The People Search Engine

by Jay Bhatti on December 5, 2008

Mark Rollins of Zmogo interviewed Jay Bhatti about Spock and building a search engine.

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Spock Exec: Using the Internet to Your Advantage

by Jay Bhatti on November 19, 2008

Vanessa Dennis of Cheezhead Recruiting News and Opinion interviewed Jay Bhatti to discuss tips on how job seekers can use the Web to their advantage.

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Job Search Tips for a Difficult Job Market

by Jay Bhatti on November 17, 2008

Alison Doyle of About.com questions Jay Bhatti on advice on finding a job in this difficult environment.

What can you do to expedite your job search in a difficult job market? Do you need help or do you have to tips to share?

Here’s advice on how to ensure your job search is effective in challenging times and here’s how to include your job search tips on the list.

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Spock To Offer Public Record Search Subscription Service

by Jay Bhatti November 11, 2008 Spock News

Sarah Prez of ReadWriteWeb reports on changes with Spock.com Click Here to read more

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Step 2.0: Profits — Web Startups Scramble to Make Money

by Jay Bhatti November 9, 2008 Spock News

Brian Garrity and Holly Sanders of the New York Post question Jay Bhatti about the direction of Web 2.0 and the future of online advertising. Click Here to read more

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People Search Engines Take On LinkedIn

by Jay Bhatti November 7, 2008 Spock News

Laurie Sullivan of MediaPost Publications reports on changes with Spock.com People search engine Spock is working on a service that will give users access to public records stored in public databases across the Web. Click Here to read more

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9 Sites That Find People and Their ‘Sensitive’ Information

by Jay Bhatti October 3, 2008 Spock News

Mark Sullivan of PC WORLD  reports on the world of people search and sites used to locate information about people. Click Here to read more

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Did the Tech Bubble Create This Mess?

by Jay Bhatti September 23, 2008 Spock News

Blogs.com takes a look at the role that Tech companies have played in the current economic situation. Did the Internet bubble of the late 1990s create today’s Wall Street meltdown? How badly will the payback hurt the tech industry? And how do you melt a bubble? Dartmouth professor John Vogel tells Beet.tv yes, the tech […]

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