May 29th, 2006

International Kittens of Mystery

It's official - I'm a revolutionary freedom fighter ... and possibly a terrorist

I was googling the other day - as you do - and found that Zoominfo, 'the search engine for discovering people, companies, and relationships,' has outed me. Whereas other people are listed as belonging to worthy organisations like University College, London or The bureau of Land Management, I'm listed as a member of The Free Cornish Army.

I await a phone call from Homeland Security.

But as Zoominfo says:

"ZoomInfo, the premier summarization search engine, delivers fresh, comprehensive information on over 30 million business professionals and 2 million companies across virtually every industry. How do we do it? Well, at the risk of being boastful, we have incredible technology that this guy and this guy and this guy invented. ZoomInfo finds, understands and extracts information from millions of online sources such as Web sites, press releases, electronic news services and SEC filings and summarizes the information into a comprehensive format. Basically, ZoomInfo creates structure out of the chaos of the Web."

So the incredible technology extracted the words Free Cornish Army from an interview I'd given at the Baen website, decided the word 'hoax' was too chaotic and, being revolutionary software, decided to list me alongside Che Guevara as one of the great bearded revolutionaries of the twentieth century.

For anyone who hasn't read my account of how I might have created this army and accidentally liberated a small country - which I did give back - the full account is here:

As the legendary humour magazine, Punch wrote, "A splendid hoax."

If you want to see what Zoominfo have found out about you, click the link and enter your name: