Today I did some 101 reading/viewing of information about the evolving reincarnation of the world wide web. The concept of the semantic web is growing in popularity and recognizability. According to the semantic web’s online community platform:
The Semantic Web is the extension of the World Wide Web that enables people to share content beyond the boundaries of applications and websites. It has been described in rather different ways: as a utopic vision, as a web of data, or merely as a natural paradigm shift in our daily use of the Web.
From what I gathered watching a “Web 3.0” video featuring interviews with experts, the Semantic web organizes the web by making data available in a package more easily acceptable by computers, instead of trying to make computers think more like humans. Long story short, there’s a “schism” in the web expert community as to whether or not categorization exists independent of human thought. I’m still very unclear about how the Semantic web was conceived and how far it has been developed thus far. Hopefully, I’ll be reading more about these new web theories as I continue in my study of library and information science.
I forgot to mention – I’ve become more aware of all of these developments thanks to my Google Reader subscriptions (and to twitter, too).
If you’ll humor me, here’s a little history of how google grew into my technological life:
- During a computer room research period for AP European History class in 10th grade, my teacher Miss Herron directed me to try http://www.google.com. I’d henceforth been using cluttered search engines like dogpile for my research. I tried the google S.E. and I liked it. I’ve been using it ever since.
- Four years later, at the end of my freshman year of college, an older friend Vicki sent me an e-mail invitation (one of a limited amount of invites she was allotted) to sign up for a g-mail beta account. Again, this was a new e-mail platform that I’d never heard of. Although I signed up for an e-mail, it took me couple of years to fully commit to using g-mail as my primary address. Now, I use my g-mail account for 99% of my online correspondence.
- After becoming well-versed in my usage of the g-mail platform, I explored some of the other applications on the google page. At the time, there were much fewer available. I used the calendar (and have started using it again recently) but didn’t find any others particularly useful for my needs at that time.
- Recently, I’ve developed my personal google site as a launching page for all of my professionally-relevant web personalities. Right now, it directs users to my blog (right here), twitter, LinkedIn profile, and my new Card.ly. Facebook, I assert, is something strictly for my personal life.
- In the last month, I’ve been enjoying the benefits of my new google reader account. With all of the new library issues and blogs I want to keep up with, in addition to feeds I read for personal enjoyment as well, this application has proven itself super handy for my professional education so far.
I don’t know where the Web 3.0 “revolution” will lead me in cyberspace, but I am hopeful that it will take the ease of use and capabilities of Web 2.0 and make them sleeker with more privacy options. And the Semantic Web? That’s a concept I’m still trying to wrap my head around. I’ll bet, though, that twitter and google reader will keep me informed about any new developments.
But, at the end of the day, there are just some things I prefer to keep a la Web 1.0. Case in point: I keep my movie, music, and book favorites list in my non-linked “about me” section on facebook. I don’t want my favorites linked to the greater scheme of things. I just want my friends to know what I like.