Monday, March 21, 2005
Zoom in on yourself
According to Larry Magid's blog, there's a new service that launched today that let's you control what people see about you (that is, if you're one of the 25 million people covered) when they type in your name to "Google" you, so to speak, on ZoomInfo.com...although it isn't quite Googling since it delivers the results as edited/censored by you -- a good thing when you're trying to get rid of stuff that's inaccurate, defamatory or out of date, but not so good if you're just trying to get rid of stuff you don't like.
The practice of typing your name into an Internet search engine and seeing what pops up is now common, but the results can be unpredictable. The Internet holds surprising amounts of personal information between its ever-expanding corners, and some of it may be outdated, inaccurate or embarrassing.
ZoomInfo's computers have compiled individual Web profiles of 25 million people, summarizing what the Web publicly says about each person. The service, launched Monday, allows Web surfers to search for their profile, then change it for free.