Wink Launches First Social Network Search Engine With Over 100 Million People and Growing

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Wink, the social search engine, today announced the public release of the first search engine that allows people to search across multiple social networks and find other people with similar interests. Wink's Social Network Search Engine is growing every day and already contains over 100 million profiles from social networks such as MySpace, Bebo and LinkedIn.

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When I moved to the city it was harder meeting new people than I thought it would be. Now I can search just within San Francisco and find people to chat with who recommend restaurants, live music and great places to go.

Wink will be adding new social networks to the search engine every few weeks. Wink People Search users are helping to prioritize these new additions by voting for their favorite social networks. Vote here.

"Wink searches across over 100 million people from all walks of life," said Michael Tanne, founder and CEO of Wink. "We are really excited about helping people connect across continents and cultures as our searchable index of public profiles from multiple social networks grows into the hundreds of millions."


Wink provides a unique way to find new friends that share your interests online. By searching across multiple social networks, for the first time people have one place to find new friends, discover new interests and stay connected across many social networks. More than just a name search, Wink People Search also provides several ways to search for people by their interests, affiliations, general location (no addresses), musical tastes, age and occupation.


Phil Flakes, San Diego, Calif. - "I'm something of a musical gypsy - one week I'm into low-fi, the next it's funk. Wink has broadened my reach for finding new music I love."

Brannin McBee, student, Boulder, Colo. - "If there's fresh and none of my friends have scoped it out yet, I can use Wink to find other boarders who have ridden that spot before."

Mary Shen, executive assistant, San Francisco - "When I moved to the city it was harder meeting new people than I thought it would be. Now I can search just within San Francisco and find people to chat with who recommend restaurants, live music and great places to go."

EDITORS: please contact us to speak directly with the above Wink users.


Wink helps people find the best Web sites by giving the community tools to block spam, and bookmark, rate, and organize the best Web sites, and then applying Wink's patent-pending PeopleRankā„¢ technology. The Web is crowded with sites trying to profit by tricking searchers into visiting their pages, pushing aside the sites that are intelligent, unique, provocative, fascinating or funny. As the Wink community evolves, its collected information and resources will act as short cuts for everyone seeking similar answers.


Wink respects the privacy of its users and the privacy policies of every social network it searches. Because Wink will leave out privacy-protected information and will allow users to opt-out, the number of people Wink searches will usually be a little bit lower than the size of the combined social networks. Profiles searchable on Wink are publicly available on their sites of origin. For anyone who does not want their profile to be public, we have made a collection of links from each social network that explains how to adjust your settings. Here are some privacy resources.


Wink is a Social Search Engine that makes it easier to find what matters to you. Wink lets you search across people and their favorite Web sites to find friends, new music, or the latest technology. Wink's patent-pending PeopleRankā„¢ technology analyzes people's input to continually refine the search results. Wink's team of experienced search engineers come from Yahoo, Inktomi, Excite, and Google. Find more at


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