ZoomInfo is a search engine that provides “people information summarized.” It seems to be a hybrid of search engine and resume. Interesting, given the frequency with which people now use Google to populate their Farley Files.
How do they do with me? Well, the first hit is pretty good, naming me as an Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo’s School of Informatics (you are correct, sir!). Additional titles it assigns me are: Assistant Professor of Communication, Communications and Technology Issues Teacher, Professor of Informatics, Social Scientist, and Communications Professor — all of which are fairly correct. It seems to have pulled these largely from newspaper stories.
But I far more prefer the other possible Alex Halavais. For example, did you know that Alex Halavais is a Reverse Cowgirl at Gawker? An interesting experiment — and I suspect we are going to see a lot more such public experiments in auto-summarization in the near future — but I’m not sure how useful this is.