With the amazing amount of information on the internet it was only a matter of time that someone would come out with the technology to be able to search out and aggregate personal information on anyone if they have a footprint anywhere in cyberspace. The thought of that is a bit scary, just google your own name and address or phone number and you will be amazed on what comes up. Well Spokeo has taken that simple search a lot further.
Read below the story of this amazing new company and what it could do for you if you need to find a lost friend,lost army buddy or relative. Looking for a deadbeat spouse,Not paying Alimony or child support? Want to get background information on a potential date? This service has the ability to find information that could take years for the average guy/girl to find.
Spokeo is a search engine specialized in aggregating and organizing vast quantities of people-related information from a large variety of public sources. The public data is amassed with lightning speed, and presented almost instantly in an integrated, coherent, and easy-to-follow format.
While an individual could on their own, for example, potentially locate a person’s phone number or address by searching phone books, then redirect their search to a county tax assessor’s office to determine a home’s value, they would have to conduct literally hundreds of searches to discover all of the information available through only a single search on Spokeo.
Spokeo’s unique and powerful algorithms can swiftly navigate, sift through, and collect multitudes of scattered data that are spread across hundreds of locations, and synthesize that information in one convenient summary, delivering the most comprehensive snapshot of people-related, public data offered online to date. The search results represent an unparalleled mosaic of the vast stockpiles of public information accessible, and can offer invaluable insight into both the individual being searched, as well as the different types of information published.
THE SPOKEO ADVANTAGE
When it comes to locating people-related information, Spokeo’s powerful search and organization technology far surpasses that of conventional search engines. That is because Spokeo’s specialized web crawlers can penetrate lesser accessed, content-rich areas of the web, collectively known as the “deepnet” which many general-purpose search engines cannot. The “deepnet” is home to vast and largely untapped, dynamically-generated sites. And, since the majority of people-related public records are frequently stored on these types of sites rather than on web pages, Spokeo has a distinctive advantage over traditional search engines to which these rich stockpiles of data remain out of reach.
Spokeo aggregates data from hundreds of online and offline sources, including but not limited to: phone directories, social networks, marketing surveys, mailing lists, government censuses, real estate listings, and business websites. All of the data aggregated is publicly available, and accessible by anyone from those respective sources. Finding, consolidating, and organizing all of the data meaningfully, however, could take an individual weeks, whereas Spokeo automates the data aggregation process and offers it at lightning speed.
Traditional data companies have been collecting and marketing people data for years, but often charge steep fees for their reports. Spokeo’s technology reduces the data acquisition costs, allowing Spokeo to pass savings to users and offer much of the same information for free. By removing the price barrier, Spokeo is revolutionizing the way people connect.
HOW SPOKEO IS DIFFERENT FROM GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK
What distinguishes Spokeo from Google and Facebook, and why is it better when it comes to people-related searches? Google is the leader in organizing vast quantities of various types of data found on web pages. Spokeo, on the other hand, is focused on organizing people-related data from a variety of sources, such as social networks, phone books, marketing surveys, and others. Simply put, Google covers a myriad of subject matter, but derives its information predominately from one source – websites, whereas Spokeo covers one subject area – people, but derives its information from many sources. By searching beyond the Web, Spokeo also yields more comprehensive and targeted results than general-purpose search engines can.
How Spokeo differs from Facebook: Facebook is a social network upon which users create their own profiles and share personal data. Spokeo, on the other hand, is a search engine that aggregates this type of data and others from various third-party sources. An array of public data amassed from numerous public domains, while perhaps not always entirely accurate, has the advantage of presenting a disinterested, third-party perspective, which can be valuable for people-research purposes.
Spokeo showcases the power of information aggregation, but machine aggregation still has its limits: A) Data is only as good as its source, and since no human is involved, the data Spokeo aggregates is not verified and may not be entirely accurate. Additionally, many sources do not refresh their data frequently. Consequently, Spokeo’s data might not be completely up-to-date. Spokeo continues to work on new algorithms to improve its data accuracy. B) Spokeo currently aggregates name and phone listings in the US only. Therefore, one cannot locate non-US residents by name or phone. Spokeo’s email and username searches, however, utilize a different technology, and can locate virtually anyone in the world so long as they have a social-network account.
The concept of Spokeo started in 2005, when Harrison was a student at Stanford and liked to bounce back and forth amongst various social networks. At the time, most of his friends had profiles on MySpace, some blogged on Xanga, and his dorm mates were constantly sharing YouTube videos. Harrison was having trouble keeping up with his friends’ activities across multiple forums, so he rounded up his college buddies to help build a so-called social-network aggregator to collect the information for him. Working out of his parents’ basement, Harrison and his friends publicly launched this pioneering concept on Techcrunch in late 2006.
While the social network aggregation concept was indeed novel, the creators soon realized that some users were still having difficulties distinguishing among their friends accounts. With this insight, Spokeo set out to build a new search technology designed to automatically detect and distinguish online identities associated with particular emails and URLs. In late 2007 Spokeo refocused on automated people search, and launched its new concept on TechCrunch for a second time.
Today, Spokeo’s technology has expanded beyond social-network search to include phone books, marketing surveys, business databases, ecommerce stores, and other public databases.
Spokeo’s innovative technology has received numerous accolades and reviews from Newsweek, WSJ, PCWorld, and other media sources. Millions of people use Spokeo regularly to connect with family members, old friends, business contacts and others. Spokeo’s long-term aspiration is to organize people-related data across the globe, and integrate additional types of data to better connect people worldwide.