|Terms||Cash and Stock|
Wink is a people search engine that searches for profiles across the Web.
Wink began in 2004 as a social search engine to use input from other people to influence the relevance of Web pages. But in 2006 Wink changed directions to become a people search engine. At the time there were numerous growing social networks and other places online with limited ability to search. Serving those looking to find old friends or anyone with an active online life, Wink searches about one billion profiles across popular social networks and other destinations.
Wink merged with Reunion.com in November, 2008.
|Launch Date||July 18, 2007|
Type in someone’s name, location and almost any other fact about them (company, school, club) to find their profile in Wink. Profiles are complied by searching MySpace, LinkedIn, Bebo, Friendster and Live Spaces. To narrow searches users can filter results by age, gender, relationship status or by network.Like competitor spock, users can claim their profiles. Unlike spock, users who claim their profiles have full control over their information. Users can link to any of their social network profiles, blogs, Flickr photos or anything else. This is where the companies differ the most. spock results are primarily a function of pure web search, while Wink’s profiles are often made by its user base. Although with 200 million profiles already, it seems as though Wink’s strategy is NOT slow.