For the third installment of my re-visiting of "web2.0" sites I signed up for but never bothered to use much more than a day, we take on the concept of "people search". Unlike a few other new things, I was immediately skeptical of this concept. I mean, what the hell does "people search" mean, anyhow, and exactly who thinks they can beat Google at the search game? Not that Google is unbeatable, mind you. But I wouldn't exactly call it difficult to find out something about someone online using their search box.
Still, others have tried. Whether or not they've failed, I leave to you:
I'm guessing this is an aggregation site of all the various places I post stuff, where the idea is to kick out a "life stream" of me. Maybe. Hell if I remember. That's what it shows about me, but damned if I know what that has to do with anyone anywhere finding me.
Here's a site I never got, not from the beginning. It looked like some sort of popularity engine, but I could never figure out what it was trying to be. Biggest failing: anyone can set up a profile on anyone, and normalizing the data is a nightmare. No, not a nightmare, just impossible.
If there's positive applications to these two, let me know. Profiles are still there. Maybe I'm slow and it will eventually set in.