Romi Jamil Ezzo (b. April 23, 1991) is a crowdsourcing and gamification enthusiast. He is a Master Editor on Everipedia and an active contributor and moderator for Rap Genius (now Genius). He has been actively involved in contributing to and generating ideas for crowdsourcing projects since he was 16 years old (circa 2007).[✔]
Ezzo first learned about crowdsourcing after receiving an inbox message on MySpace in June 2007. It was from Daniel Lewis, one of the four co-founders of a sports wiki website called ArmchairGM. Lewis recruited Ezzo to the website after a quick conversation about how ArmchairGM had an active forum (similar to what MySpace groups were at the time), along with several other gamification features. The site rewarded you with points for every contribution you made, which motivated users to write articles, edit their favorite athletes' pages, and receive points in the forums.
Ezzo accepted, as he thought this would be a better platform to achieve his dream of one day becoming a sports writer than a MySpace group. He ranked second all-time in points before the Wikia absorbed the site's encyclopedia articles and blanked all of its old blog entries. This discontinued ArmchairGM in its original form.
Ezzo continued his aspirations to become a sports writer in 2010 by contributing to Bleacher Report in 2010. However, that journey stopped once he came across a crowdsourcing/gamification platform centered around rap lyrics.
In March 2011, Ezzo was Googling lyrics to add to manually add to his iPod. He searched for lyrics to a DJ Khaled song and noticed a website he had yet to come across; he was used to AZLyics and MetroLyrics appearing in the top search results. Out of curiosity, he clicked on the Rap Genius link and noticed a few highlighted lines that explained and/or translated the meaning behind the lyrics. After doing some research about the site, he learned that this was another crowdsourcing project.
Ezzo eventually became one of the top 15 contributors in Genius IQ; these are points that track the value and contributions someone brings to the site.
When Rap Genius changed its name to Genius in 2014, he made an effort to run a daily baseball blog on Sports Genius. In it, he tracked and annotated all the home runs hit on that day. It's a continuation of one of the popular series on ArmchairGM where he ran a daily community poll for who hit the most significant home run during the MLB season. His inspiration came from an old commercial in the 1990's entitled, "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" (starring Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Mark McGwire).[✔]
Since June 2016, Ezzo has been an active user and a Master Editor on Everipedia. He now works closely with Everipedia's staff. His main priorities include aggregating content for existing pages, creating lists, and link building. In addition, he also works on social media optimization and digital marketing strategies.[✔]
Ezzo is currently the lead copywriter and researcher for Online Sense: a nonprofit aimed to inform parents, teachers, and teenagers on social media updates, apps, and how to stay safe online. It is the first website of its kind to create cyber safety tips in both English and Arabic.
In addition, he writes guest blogs for UAE news publishers to raise awareness about emerging online issues and new techniques people might use for malicious purposes. His name has appeared in 7DAYS and WhichSchoolAdvisor.
Before joining Online Sense, Ezzo was a digital marketing coordinator for DM3: an organization dedicated to providing services and accredited courses related to digital marketing.[✔]
Ezzo graduated from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he received his MPA in 2013. He was an active member of the Maxwell Women's Caucus and the Coalition of Multicultural Public Administration Students (COMPAS).[✔]
He enjoys discussing politics, as well. A self-proclaimed independent who doesn't vote during U.S. Elections, Ezzo listens to conservative podcasts, including The Ben Shapiro Show and Louder with Crowder, to understand different political narratives; most of his friends identify as liberal. His favorite YouTubers offer political commentary, including Dave Rubin, Gad Saad, Sargon of Akkad, GradeAUnderA, the Amazing Atheist, Chris Ray Gun, and Shoe0nHead. He also enjoys listening to Joe Rogan's podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience.[✔]
Ezzo's favorite sport is baseball. He traveled to Saudi Arabia and Dubai to represent Kuwait for their national team in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Later in 2007, the team met George W. Bush in Kuwait's American Embassy.[✔]