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SEO for the Semantic Web

The presentation I held at GeekMeet #2 in Cluj Napoca on March 1st 2008. It’s a brief history of SEO from the beginning of the WWW all the way to RDF, Microformats and SPARQL.

Here’s the Romanian version of SEO and the Semantic Web presentation.

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Google SocialStream – a response to Yahoo Mosh

TechCrunch buzz reports both Google and Yahoo are working on a new generation of SNCs.

Socialstream emphasizes improving social connections by making it more efficient to communicate with, share with, and view the social content of all the people in a user’s online social network. Socialstream provides a compelling user experience because it aggregates content across many different networks so a user has a single location to discover new content and communicate. The goal of Socialstream is to present social information in a way that ties it to the person who posted the information, and not the site from which it came.

Here’s a Socialstream Usage Scenario.

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Yahoo soon to drop 360 for Mosh

Hype from TechCrunch says Y! is building up a new SNC that will replace the unsuccessful Y360. Mosh can be accessed only from Y! internal offices.

But the even more interesting fact is that it seems Nokia’s also cooking up a Mosh.

It’s about time they did something social. It will probably depend on their new MobileWebServer, a better, friendlier (only-available-for-s60-3rd-generation) version of Raccoon, the experimental Python port of Apache for mobile devices.

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Facebook Works

Peter Brantley blogs about his experience with students at Scholarly Communication Institute 05.

What I learned, and what was new to me, was just how intrinsic the use of Facebook is today among younger scholars – grad students and junior faculty – in their scholarship and teaching. Facebook, for now, is often the place where they work, collaborate, share, and plan. Grad students may run student projects using Facebook groups; they may communicate amongst each other in inter-institutional (multi-university) research projects; they may announce speakers and special events to their communities.

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What goes on in SNCs

I have come across this astonishing study of Fred Stutzman’s regarding Social Networking Communities, Facebook in particular. It contains some interesting demographics and trends within college campus freshmen.

This is one of the most interesting charts, picturing the percentage of personal information students share on Facebook:

The paper is available for download and if interested, take a look at the Facebook Research Summary and watch the Google Tech Talk – Our Lives, Our Facebooks.

I am now pleased to know that it’s been statistically proven: the main usage of SNCs is “to waste time” or “hang around”. However, I guess that the most important property of these communities is that they breach the gaps which offline/normal first-encounters usually create. They no longer feel so frightened to meet new people. Which … may be a good thing.

I couldn’t help it, I had to register; at least there’s no Facebook activity in my campus…

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