Information in 2007

    At the end of last year, there has been a decrease in interest in general blogs and just online diaries amid a greatly increased number of these same blogs. The opening of various blog services and the natural interest of society are doing their dirty deed - users begin to produce their blogs. To produce without purpose and idea. Does everyone have it? And I will have it!

    Needless to say, this process reduces the quality of the content provided in general? And what does the search for necessary and, most importantly, suddenly necessary information turn into? Yes, quite a long time ago, a very successful tool appeared to contain and structure this boiling chaos of public consciousness - search engines by tags. With the rather successful collaboration of bloggers and tag services, all public knowledge was very flexible classified into various categories. Anyone reappearing on the Internet was immediately assigned their own category. It would seem that now the search for information was a solid honey. But the situation did not last long.

    Tags were tagged, and information became more and more, and the community of the whole system began to crumble, the specificity and certainty of the search for information began to spread. Now, to find all the information on a topic, it was not enough to conduct a search directly on it, it became necessary to filter out the results according to additional criteria. It became clear that we need to think through new systems for searching and structuring information from blogs and information resources.

    Various feed technologies are used to track blog updates, designed to bring information to the user: Atom, RSS, RDF. They work properly, each has pros and cons, but they are transparent to the user and he usually does not think about choosing one or another format. Problems begin when more than 50 or 100 different feeds settle in the user's feed list. If the news aggregator is a program, then this is clogging the channel and wasting traffic. Things are somewhat easier with online aggregators, but the ever-growing inconvenience of operating with tapes remains. This year there will be services (if they have not already appeared) that will allow you to accumulate various tapes into single thematic streams, as well as conduct various operations with these streams.

    To preserve the sound integrity of the Internet, decisive steps are finally required towards the semantic web. Let me remind you that the main idea of ​​the semantic web is to create a structure of information that will be understandable to computers. One of the means to achieve this is microformats (mf). The widespread adoption of mf is hindered by a lack of public understanding of their values. The new extended mf and the services that operate on them will correct this assumption. After that, the mass introduction of mf into services and software will immediately begin.

    These are just a few of the things that I think we will see in the new 2007.

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