Person Search API from Whoozy, Not Just for Stalkers

Adam DuVander
Mar. 16 2010, 12:53AM EDT

Online stalking has gone programmatic. People search engine Whoozy has a person search API. With it, you can get results for a name from social networks and blogs, in addition to standard search engines.

Example Whoozy search results

The search method lets you specify the sources, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other popular social sites. It could also scrape up some blasts from the past, like Classmates.com and Windows Live.

StalkerAre there uses for Whoozy beyond being a stalker's best friend? Perhaps. Finding contacts across many different social services is still a chore. One could use the Whoozy API to help identify your Facebook friends on LinkedIn, for example.

If this still makes you woozy, perhaps the best use of Whoozy could be finding all of your own old social accounts and closing them down.

Photo by DeusXFlorida

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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