It will be about PeopleRank and Crowdsourcing

Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites, the number of people existing on the web dwarfs the population of individual countries. Facebook alone has a user population of 550 million, which is about 250 million larger than the population of the US.

That being said, as we rely more and more on social medial platforms for our information, we need to know who we are connected to, why we are connected to them, and most importantly how influential they are, so that we can be sure that we are getting the best and most accurate information.

That brings me to the concept of PeopleRank which has already become a hot trend and we at have been working on it since our beta launch last November. We are excited to announce the launch of our first version of  PeopleRank today. I think our algorithm still needs some tweaking, but it’s sufficient enough to help you all identify the most influential people on our site.

In a nutshell when you search for people, companies, products, services, and questions on, your search result will be listed based on the ranking they have received by the community. Those with the best and highest ranking show up on top.

And, no! if you are a spammer reading this, you won’t be able to rank others up or down by creating multiple user accounts, because the ranking by a user with 95% score will be more powerful on than the ranking by a user with 0%-5% score. As more and more users join, I doubt you will be able to jack up the ranking for all your fake accounts to make them influential 🙂

The concept is similar to Google’s PageRank, but instead of determining the importance of a page based on the number of times it is linked by other pages, our algorithm determines the quality of people, companies, products, services, and questions based on the ranking by the community. So, a social play on Google’s PageRank algorithm, but with humans at the center, instead of web pages.

Here are a few samples:

Search result for people in Social Media space on

Search result for companies in Social Media space on

Feel free to try out our  search for products, services, and questions to see the result.

As you can probably realize, for our PeopleRank to be effective and accurate, we would need more and more people to participate in the platform. So, please check it out and let us know what you think.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

7 Responses to It will be about PeopleRank and Crowdsourcing

  1. This is a great website.

    Love what you are doing.

  2. I believe it’s a very innovative approach in its emerging state. Hope it will be developed and recognized. I am glad to participate in its shaping.

    • Elias Shams says:

      Natalya, I think it will be recognized if we get a) ton of companies signing up (we currently have about 400 companies singed up already) b) we enhance our search/ranking algorithm . Thanks for the input 🙂 I also checked out your profile on our site. If I were you, I would add more beef to it.

    • Elias Shams says:

      Also, referring to our previous feature “awesome question” described below, would you give a shot and let me know what you think? Rolls out “awesome questions”: A Platform For Your Radical New Movement Marketing:

      It is a great way to promote yourself, your company, your solution offering, and your expertise to our users and the fans& friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin without coming across as a spammer or pushy sales person.

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