With the web continuing to expand and Google becoming less effective in indexing the web in a useful way, young start-ups are springing up to plug the gap. The latest company to enter the Internet scene is Zopeo.com.
Zopeo.com is an online app (no Android or iOS app as yet but perhaps it is in development). The app tries to provide a real time summary about a person (800 million people listed and growing) by searching across numerous web sites in order to bring up the latest information in one neat page you can quickly scan down. How well does it succeed with this? Pretty well actually..
The home page displays a simple search box, some popular people (mostly celebrities & other notables) who are frequently searched for, and the most recent searches performed on the site. The types of people included as popular searches include The Dalai Lama (http://www.zopeo.com/dalai-lama), Matt Cutts of Google (http://www.zopeo.com/matt-cutts), Paris Hilton (http://www.zopeo.com/paris-hilton) and Britney Spears (http://www.zopeo.com/britney-spears).
When visiting a page like the one for Paris Hilton, you are presented with a long page broken down by sections. From top to bottom, you would see:
- Soclal Profiles
- Cross-linked Person
- Popular People known as Paris Hilton
- Companies and Jobs to Paris Hilton
- Web Links of Paris Hilton
When looking at the results, you get the usual errors you see with computerized search results that a human would be able to exclude (perhaps an opportunity to add some crowd-sourcing to help root out search errors). The Hilton Paris Hotel is shown (understandable) but also Gareth Lewinsky’s G+ profile. In fact, with social profiles, only the Google+ social network seems to be showing up in results, leaving out all the Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest active accounts that would also be relevant (more on this later).
The Images section brings up a far broader range of sources and were all accurate results for the socialite.
Video results also came up trumps with all the videos being related to Paris Hilton. Clicking on a link opens up a new window with a YouTube video loading up (another Google owned business). This looks like a great way to lookup people so you can find friends to add to your Solavei network. :]