The semantic web is a totally logical concept. The web would be better and easier if meaning was intrinsic to each page and data source. Eliminating ambiguity would be less fun but more efficient (however, I am sure the spammers would lessen at least some of the upside). Happy days eh!
My thoughts on this have always been that most things on the web don’t even have good basic mark up, let alone microformat, RDF, etc. tagging. So, even though the train may be coming, don’t expect it to stop at a town near you anytime soon!
When I think about the semantic web I always wonder where Google sits with all of this and how they could help to push the thing that would change their algorithm more than anything else (think of Heinz changing their ketchup recipe and times this by infinity, and you still won’t get close). Well, here is an interesting one, Google using microformat and RDF tags to aid snippets in search results.
It is worth taking note of this one for lots of reasons. Let’s see how this develops, but in the meantime it is well worth thinking about how naked your snippets will look next to your competitors if you don’t take this on board.
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