Screenshot of spock.com
|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Headquarters||Redwood City, California|
|Key people||Jaideep Singh, Co-founder/CEO |
Jay Bhatti, Co-founder/VP product
Hongche Liu, Chief Information Architect
|Alexa rank||483,187 (April 2014[update])|
Spock is a vertical search engine or entity search engine on people. The name "Spock" is explained with a backronym: "single point of contact (by) keyword." Founded in 2006 by Jay Bhatti and Jaideep Singh, it has "indexed over 250 million people representing over 1.5 billion data records." These records are from publicly available sources, including Wikipedia, IMDB, ESPN, LinkedIn, Hi5, MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, corporate biographies, university faculty and staff pages, real estate agents sites, school alumni and member directory pages, etc. The company maintains that "30% of all Internet searches are people-related".
As entity resolution is the main algorithmic hurdle of their indexing endeavour, Spock has issued and awarded the Spock Challenge Prize. The winning entry combines various machine learning algorithms.
Spock opened its service to public beta on August 8, 2007.
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- Spock Joins Crowded People Search Space Archived 2007-08-11 at the Wayback Machine.
- Exclusive Screenshots: Spock’s New People Engine by Michael Arrington
- Weighted Experts: A Solution for the Spock Data Mining Challenge
- Spock Open Public Beta by Nick Gonzalez
- CrunchBase Company Information: Spock
- Intelius buys Spock
- Spock - People Search
- Spock - the People Search Engine Co-founder, Jay Bhatti, interviewed by Stan Relihan on The Connections Show (audio podcast)
- Why I'm so excited about Spock by Tim O'Reilly
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