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ZoomInfo Searches For People

ZoomInfo launches a people-finding search engine that includes summaries of the information found on the Internet for some 25 million individuals.

InformationWeek Staff

March 21, 2005

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ZoomInfo on Monday launched a people-finding search engine that includes summaries of the information found on the Internet for some 25 million individuals.

Users can view the summaries of colleagues, partners, customers, potential employees, job candidates, or even dates, said ZoomInfo. The summaries are created by ZoomInfo scanning millions of pages, then extracting information about people and companies using natural language processing algorithms. ZoomInfo claims its technology lets it generate 500,000 new summaries and update 3 million existing profiles monthly.

People can also take control of the information ZoomInfo lists about them by registering with the search site, then updating and correcting their profile, said ZoomInfo.

Users can search by a person's name, with or without a company; by company to view all the summaries available of its employees; or by Web site to see everyone ever mentioned at that URL.

"People use general purpose search engines every day to look for information about people, and what they get are links to pages that include that name," said Jonathan Stern, the chief executive of ZoomInfo, in a statement. "But if you happen to have a name like 'Mary Johnson' or 'John Smith,' your chances of showing up in the first few pages of a general search on your name are nil."

ZoomInfo can be found here.

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