PeekYou, a people search engine, emerged from stealth mode today with the goal of being an open source directory of every individual online. The site seems to be off to a large start, claiming more than 50 million built profiles.
Each individual on PeekYou has their own personalized page and a PeekYou profile that will include bookmarked links to all information available about the target person. The site, as an open source directory, allows users the ability to edit, add or remove information, links, photos, and tags associated with their profile or other PeekYou user’s profiles. In addition, PeekYou provides human created search engine results, reducing nonspecific and incorrect matches.
“People searching is one of the most popular online exercises, but until now it has been a largely inefficient and often confusing experience,” said Michael Hussey, founder of PeekYou. “PeekYou is a true Web 2.0 ‘people search’ – we discover and map where people exist online, almost like writing a biography about your life on the net. In doing so, we are building the ideal engine for individuals to monitor their own online identity.”