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Jan 20

Are You Stuck in an Internet Echo Chamber?

by Patrick • January 20, 2012

Have you ever logged-in to Amazon.com and looked through a list of recommendations? “A Savage Garden CD…Pleather Moon Boots…a DVD copy of Leprechaun: In The Hood (starring Ice-T)!? It’s like they know me! Well, that’s because they do know you to some extent; websites like Amazon or Facebook create algorithms based on user-preferences and behavior […]

Posted in People Search, Tech Watch

Dec 30

2011 Year in Review

by Patrick • December 30, 2011

Happy New Years, everybody! I hope you all are having a joyful holiday season. We here at Spokeo are enjoying the holidays, as well as taking a look back at a wonderful year. 2011 was certainly the most eventful year in Spokeo history, with redesigns, tweaks, improvements and fun new features galore. Let us count […]

Posted in Inside Spokeo, People Search, Tech Watch

Dec 14

Introducing Spokeo Famous People Search!

by Patrick • December 14, 2011

Spokeo is the leader in cutting-edge people search technology. It’s no exagerration to say that our name search, reverse email search, reverse phone search and username search capabilities help millions of people every day, by locating and connecting friends, family and acquaintances online and off. While we all have someone we’re looking for, research shows […]

Posted in News Flash, People Search, Tech Watch

Oct 26

Visualizing Connections

by Patrick • October 26, 2011

In a time of rapid change and exponential technological growth, it’s always good to take a step back and look at some pretty graphs and pie charts (mmm….pie charts). Nobody does pretty graphs and charts better than FlowingData, a great “data visualization” blog that specializes in unique and interesting infographics. We here at Spokeo People […]

Posted in People Search, Tech Watch

Sep 22

Facebook Photos By the Numbers

by Patrick • September 22, 2011

The geniuses over at The Onion had a video a while back about a fire breaking out at a dorm party; during their investigation, the police are quickly able to establish the cause of the fire by examining the thousands of photos uploaded to Facebook by the party-goers, photos that have recorded every second of […]

Posted in People Search, Tech Watch

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