Today i got the beta invitation from Spock to check their search engine. Spock is a silicon valley based startup founded by Jaideep Singh and Jay Bhatti, focussed on people search.
Spock is different from other search engines, it indexes people information from the web. Spock claims that they have already indexed 100 million people. Spock uses the community sites like wikipedia, linkedin, myspace and others to built its search results about people. People are tagged with keywords extracted from community sites, users can tag their own and others profiles and vote on others tags up and down to strengthen search relevancy.
3 invites 430 Invitations left, if you want to test Spock, drop a comment or email me.
Once you login with your email ID, spock runs it through various social network sites to see if it is attached to any profile, if it finds profiles you can claim them or skip. Spock finds relationships between people, it will display related results based on user profiles.
Spock results are displayed in List view and Grid view (View Screenshots).
The product is still in beta but do far the results are impressive, a search for “Technology” term gives authoritative results with Bill Gates in the first place followed by Micheal Arrington and Steve Jobs. I would expect steve jobs to be on second position, but more number of people use it then the results may change.
A search for “blogger” term yeilds results with bloggers like Micheal Arrington, Tim O’Reilly, Robert Scoble, Om Malik and Anil Dash. (View Screenshots).
You can embed Spock widget with your profile information on your blog or myspace profile.
Screenshots (Click on images for larger view)