Jan. 17, 2006- Waltham, Mass. - Zoom Information, Inc., (www.zoominfo.com) the search engine that has compiled the world's largest index of business people, is now the default source of people information for A9.com on its Web site http://a9.com. A9.com is a subsidiary of Amazon.com that researches and builds innovative search technologies for its own site and for Amazon.com.
People looking for background information on a new acquaintance, business partner, neighbor or vendor can simply select the "People" box on the A9.com homepage and receive ZoomInfo summaries that describe the person's work history, education and accomplishments. ZoomInfo crawls billions of internet sources to find and summarize sources about specific individuals into concise, stand-alone documents, and has used this approach to build over 27 million individual summaries to date.
ZoomInfo summaries provide Web users their first ability to proactively monitor and manage their online presence. Users can register and protect their summaries, and then edit and add to them to ensure that search results deliver the best reflection of a person's accomplishments.
A9.com's people search ends the need to sort through potentially millions of search results in a traditional Web search. "A Web search for my name, Jonathan Stern, can return literally millions of results," said Zoom Information's CEO Jonathan Stern, "whereas ZoomInfo brings back around 100 summaries of the 100 different Jonathan Sterns that are out there - that's a significant efficiency gain that A9.com users searching for people information can now leverage."
"ZoomInfo has collected and organized hundreds of millions of random bits of information about people from across the Web. This information is useful in lots of different ways, which we are excited to make it available for our users on A9.com," said Florian Brody, Director of Marketing, A9.com.
Leveraging the search technology of A9.com, the unique results of ZoomInfo are now available side-by-side with more than 300 other types of search results such as Web, Image, Top Blogs, and Amazon.com Search Inside The Book results. Rather than going to multiple sites, the A9.com user receives a comprehensive set of results that they choose.
Zoom Information is using A9.com's OpenSearch technology to make its content available on A9.com. A9.com introduced OpenSearch last March to content owners and search companies that syndicate their content to A9.com where it can be searched and linked to by users.
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