Friday, October 19, 2007

Nova Spivack, Radar Networks and Twine

Today at the popular Web 2.0 Summit, Radar Networks, founded by Web visionary Nova Spivack, announced the invite-beta of Twine, "a new service that gives users a smarter way to share, organize, and find information with people they trust. Use Twine to better leverage and contribute to the collective intelligence of your friends, colleagues, groups and teams. Twine ties it all together."

For almost a year now I have been logging on to Nova Spivack's Blog "Minding the Planet"and watching the Radar Networks web site for news regarding new Semantic Web applications reportedly under construction. It is exciting to finally see some details of their work which, I believe can be very useful in my own understanding of where the next generation of the Web is moving. Consequently, I have signed up to be invited to the beta testing phase for this project.

Twine is the first Semantic Web application Radar Networks has announced and "is one of the first mainstream applications of the Semantic Web, or what is sometimes referred to as Web 3.0," according to the "about" Twine web page. More detail about the Twine announcement is available on the Radar Networks Press web page that readers may be interested in. Below are a few clips from the major headings.

"Knowledge Networking
Twine provides a smarter way for people to leverage and contribute to the combined brainpower of their relationships...."

"Sharing and Collaboration
Twine helps people band together to share, organize and find information and knowledge around common interests and goals...."

"Twine is Smart
Twine is unique because it understands the meaning of information and relationships and automatically helps to organize and connect related items...."

"Twine 'ties it all together'
Twine pools and connects all types of information in one convenient online location, including contacts, email, bookmarks, RSS feeds, documents, photos, videos, news, products, discussions, notes, and anything else. Users can also author information directly in Twine like they do in weblogs and wikis. Twine is designed to become the center of a user’s digital life."

"The Start of Web 3.0
“Web 3.0 is best-defined as the coming decade of the Web, during which time semantic technologies will help to transform the Web from a global file-server into something that is more like a worldwide database. By making information more machine-understandable, connected and reusable, the Semantic Web will enable software and websites to grow smarter,” said Spivack. “Yahoo! was the leader of Web 1.0. Google is the leader of Web 2.0. We don’t yet know who will be the leader of Web 3.0. It’s a bold new frontier, but Twine is a strong first step, and we’re very excited about it.”

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