Microsoft's acquisition of Powerset signals a the building of a future when the entire world will likely have access to virtual “software agents” who will “roam” across the Web, making our travel arrangements, doctor's appointments and basically taking care of all the day-to-day hassles for humankind. It’s a great vision, but it will never be achieved with today's current Internet.
As much as we’ve come to know and love the current World Wide Web—we have to admit that it isn't very smart. One webpage is the same as any other. It might have a higher “ranking”, but there's no distinction based on actual meaning. That’s why many Internet wizards believe it is time for Web 3.0, or the “semantic Web”. It’s one of the hottest buzzwords in computer science today. Why? Because it promises to bring order to chaos, and make our lives simpler.
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There's been a lot of talk over the last few years about the "Next Big Thing" in Internet search -the semantic web. While Google and Yahoo and other search engines do a good job of ranking web pages and providing relevant results to keyword searches, the truth is that they doesn't really understand what you're asking it in plain language.
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Search engine upstart Powerset is betting on the wisdom of the crowds to unseat Google as the King of Search. On Sept. 17 Powerset is taking the wraps off a new online community site called Powerset Labs.
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There are days where the wonderful world of Web 2.0 is a little lax in providing us anything to chew over, and then there are others where they just go out of their way. Today is one of the latter
THE BIG NEWS is that Spock has finally gone live. We'll skip all possible Star Trek jokes, and say that Spock has billed itself as the largest people search engine in the world, and boasts an impressive score of over one hundred million people indexed, and growing -rapidly.
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You know that there is a change in the air when Wikipedia and Amazon.com hook up. And that is exactly what has happened recently, with Amazon providing a $10m grant to Wikia, an offshoot of Wikipedia, run by Wikimedia, and all created by Jimmy Wales. Yes, there is a lot of Wiki in the world these days…
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Squidoo is a network of user-generated "lenses" (single web pages). Created by Web legend Seth Godin, author of Cow and Small is the New Big, Squidoo has grown in two years to more than 8 million users.
Squidoo Lenses showcase a point of view, recommendations, or expertise, and then point to content on the web such as Daily Galaxy posts, Flickr photos, Google maps, blogs, eBay auctions, YouTube videos. To date there are more than 100,000 lenses covering every imaginable interest and topic.
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In a podcast I was listening to last week, legendary Web guru, Seth Godin, the author of " Cow," "Small is the New Big," and his new New York Times bestseller, "The Dip," made a fascinating and I believe, brilliant, observation.
When asked what companies he thought might be the next big thing beyond Google, Godin answered: "StumbleUpon: it is social search and it's revolutionizing how we find things on the Web."
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