Got my beta invite for Spock, the people search engine. And went through the motions of getting myself added.
My initial observations follow:
- Upon providing user name, you are given a list of social networking type sites that have a possible match to you
- Liked the identity assertion mechanism where you select the site that you are already on and provide credentials for it.
- What if one is not on any of the social networking sites? How does Spock assert identity in that case? Any of you had a situation like this? Or would the Spock folks care to clarify?
- Upon adding contacts from LinkedIn the message said it would reflect in a couple of days. Why so long? Is this a beta constraint?
- Tagging magic! I like the vote on each tag feature and the fact that you can change your mind later! A audit trail reveals who voted for you and the aggregated result. This is an anonymized version of any typical recommendation feature, say LinkedIn recommendation comes to mind.
A positive signup experience. Will share more thoughts as I dig in more. What was your experience/reaction? If you need an invite drop me a note, mail id in the about section of this blog.
[update] Oh on the last point need to say this. Tagging based classification schemes are way more flexible than simple long text recommendation of course! And being able to vote on it gives a weighted score too.