Facebook: the real semantic web?

Longtime tech pundit and thinker Esther Dyson posted on Twitter today that Facebook was launching the “semantic Web” without calling it that. Good, because hardly anyone ever understood what that meant. But Zuckerberg in effect summarized it in common parlance and defined what the semantic Web is: “Last year we announced the open graph, so you could connect to all the things in the world. This year, we’re taking the next step—we’re going to make it so that you can connect to anything you want in any way you want.” The original idea of the semantic Web, promoted most of all by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, generally omitted people. Perhaps only Facebook, based on genuine identity, could build a real semantic Web that centers around people and what they do.

Facebook’s Changes—It’s All About the Platform – Forbes.

6 thoughts on “Facebook: the real semantic web?

  1. Very true. The web with people interacting with the opportunities it provides is not as engaging as people interacting with each other AND the content as well.

  2. “Perhaps only Facebook, based on genuine identity, could build a real semantic Web that centers around people and what they do.”

    Really? You can say Facebook and “genuine identity” in the same sentence? C’mon now, I’ve been on Facebook for years and have never used my “genuine identity”.

    Separately, the Semantic Web was about more than “like”, “friend”, “poke”, and “share”, it was meant to enable transactional behavior that more approaches what Siri was doing (and continues to do w/in Apple now). Facebook’s interactions lack the sort of fidelity necessary to really approach the goals set for the Semantic Web.

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