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An app that determines the meaning of text and other data, and then creates connections for users
Data portability and connectibility are keys (ref: Nova Spivack)
Example: Calais Reuters, the international business and financial news giant, launched an API called Open Calais in Feb 08. The API does a semantic markup on unstructured HTML documents - recognizing people, places, companies, and events. Ref: Reuters Wants The World To Be Tagged ; Alex Iskold, ReadWriteWeb, Feb 08
Making data available on the Web via APIs, web services, open data standards
“ Data silos and walled gardens are a huge loss of opportunity and more people are figuring that out every day.” Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb, January 2008
Social networks slowly opening up: OpenSocial / Facebook Platform --> Social Graph --> Custom Social Networks?
Brad Fitzpatrick: "the global mapping of everybody and how they're related”; Ref: Brad Fitzpatrick, Aug 07
Alex Iskold: “…it will take a lot of work to get a working solution. The challenges are conceptual, technical, political, business and educational.”; Ref: Social Graph: Concepts and Issues; Alex Iskold, ReadWriteWeb, Sep 07
Tim Berners-Lee: Third main "level" of computer networks (Giant Global Graph): Internet --> Web --> Graph. Ref: RWW, Nov 07