People Search Engine : Spock.com

August 12, 2007 at 10:09 am 3 comments

If you’re a fan of the TV Series Ghost Whisperer, starring Jenniffer Love Hewitt, Spock.com works just like the search engine “Far & Near” that assists Melinda Gordon in her guest to finding the “light” for the dead who came to seek her help.

Jennifer Love Hewitt
The Ghost Whisperer, beautiful Jeniffer Love Hewitt

You must be asking now, what is so special about Spock.com? What is the resemblance between “Far & Near” as depicted in the TV Series? Well, Spock.com is not your normal “everything” search engine but rather it focuses around people information only. One surprising fact was there is no advertisement placed in the website, weird. Ain’t everyone heading towards online advertising?

Privacy Invasion
I hear you saying, “I can search people in my favorite social networking site too”, of course you can do that. What Spock.com tries to achieve is to consolidate all your online profiles across the world wide web into one single entities and provide one centralize access to your online presence. This would come to a shock for some to hear as it definitely sounds like privacy invasion. I do play with that idea a little while but upon finishing the Help page on Spock.com, it doesn’t sound as bad as it is.

The fact is, if you have chosen to have a public profile created on social networking space such as MySpace.com or Friendster.com with the relevant information and pictures that you’d like the world to see, you have already lost your privacy. Spock.com claimed to adhere to the same guidelines as any other search engines around in their crawling (which consists of social networking sites) and only does crawl for information that is made public. In order to protect your online profiles from getting indexed by Spock.com, you’ll need to set your profiles as Private in your social networking website.

Technology Mash-up
Spock.com to me is a mixture of Search Engine, Technorati, Social Networking and Wikipedia. Apart from relying on the crawling information for their search results, Spock.com results takes input from community members to determine the authenticity of a profile in the form of tagging, related people, tag voting, adding related information and allowing members to claim their own profile.

1. Technology Mash-up: TaggingSpock.com - Tagging

Tagging are made available to registered members only and are easily accessible on the first panel of each Spock.com result detailed page.

2. Technology Mash-up: Related People
Spock.com - Related People

This tool is useful and allow the content to grow as member participate in adding the related people that they know of in regards to the current viewing profile. It is similar to the Friends list that social networking sites have but this one takes input from the public instead and the relationship extends across the limit of friends only. Think of the possibility to add related people to the profile and add them as “Club Fun”, “Jerk”, “Slut” – get my drift?

3. Technology Mash-up: Tag Voting
Spock.com - Tag Voting

Maybe this profile is yours, and someone just decided to tag you as “Jerk”. You hate that, so what can you do? Vote off that “Jerk” tag. Well, doesn’t really “vote off” but you’re deducting the authority of the tag (think of Technorati Authority). This tag voting basically provides judgment baseline for anyone who’s looking at your profile and merely helps to determine if you do indeed a “Jerk” ;

4. Technology Mash-up: Add Related Info
Spock.com - Related Info

A very useful section for those who’s searching for extensive information about a specific person. However this is only achievable with proper collaboration from members to provide legitimate and relevant links. Let’s hope that Spock.com do take into consideration of spammer as I’m foreseeing them to start feeding each profiles with their irrelevant spam links by signing up as member.

5. Technology Mash-up: Claim Your Profile
Spock.com - Claim Your Profile

Are you Paris Hilton? You’re kidding me. Do I know Paris Hilton? Invite her to Spock? Yes, you can do just that. If anyone of you out there who knows Paris Hilton, click that link to invite her to Spock.com and claimed her saucy profile. Spock.com made it easy for member to claim their profile as their profile could turn up in multiple instance within Spock.com search results. This being the fact that each social networking profiles are of separate entities and members are required to claimed them in order to consolidate their online presence. The feature of Claim Your Profile is again, similar to the feature available in Technorati.

Get started on Spock.com
In order for you to make full use of Spock.com search capabilities, you’re required to register as a member. Membership are free at the moment and you’re given 101 invites (weird number, isn’t it?) to send out to friends whom you wish to be part of the Spock.com community.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave  |  August 12, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Hey, nice write-up on Spock. I am turning into a big Spock fan, personally. I was very skeptical of the whole social networking game, but Spock is a great resource.

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  • 2. Mary  |  August 13, 2007 at 12:33 am

    I think Spock is going to gain some real ground in the coming year. There is no way it can be ignored as a serious social tool associated with connecting people and information not just information to information.

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  • 3. magicwizard  |  August 13, 2007 at 9:18 am

    thanks dave for dropping in to check out. i’m yet to fully explore spock but am definitely going to give it a go šŸ˜‰

    mary, i think if it does indeed take on the mainstream and says people are really participating in adding in information to profiles, it could turn into a dangerous tool if used without supervision by spock themself. think of it as a political tool during campaign period, it could turn out to be a nasty thing, if unwatched šŸ˜‰

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