Romi Jamil Ezzo (b. April 23, 1991) is a crowdsourcing and gamification enthusiast. He is an Executive Editor on Everipedia and an active contributor/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). [✔]
Early Life & Education
After graduating from the American School of Kuwait in 2008, Ezzo attended Ithaca College and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Public & Community Health. [✔] Subsequently, Ezzo graduated from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and received his MPA.
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 called ArmchairGM. Lewis recruited Ezzo to the website after a 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 it would be a better platform to achieve his dream of one day becoming a sports writer. He ranked second all-time in points before Wikia absorbed the site's encyclopedia articles and blanked all of its old blog entries. This discontinued ArmchairGM in its original form.
Nevertheless, 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 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 retrieving lyrics from AZLyics and MetroLyrics. Out of curiosity, he clicked on the Rap Genius link and noticed a few highlighted lines that explained the meaning and provided context for 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 is 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 search engine optimization.[✔]
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. [✔]
ICDL Arabia/Online Sense
By January 2016, Ezzo was considered an employee of ICDL Arabia.[✔]
In May 2016, Ezzo became the lead copywriter and researcher for ICDL Arabia's sister website Online Sense, which aims to inform parents, teachers, and teenagers on social media updates, apps, and how to stay safe online. Online Sense labels itself as the first website 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.
In the first week of March of 2017, Ezzo flew to Los Angeles, California to start a trial period for Everipedia; he worked there for two months. He became an official member of Everipedia's full-time team on September 7, 2017 after resigning from his job in Dubai and flying back to L.A.[✔]
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, Cracked, 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, he and the team visited Kuwait's American Embassy and met George W. Bush. [✔]