Thursday, 25 September 2008

FFFFound, Insuggest, and the Semantic Web

Here is something interesting I found on the PortableContent blog. FFFFounnd "is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favourite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user's tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!" How good is that!

FFFFound, and service such as Insuggest, offer us a whole brave new world of possibilities. Not only can we use Web 2.0 / social networking services to create, group, categorise, and share stuff; this newer breed of semantic web services also recommends stuff. So what does this ultimately mean for some online library reference services? Is the mortal in the portal dead?

Speaking of which, what was also interesting about FFFFound, is that Ross Dawson's extinction timeline featured on the FFFound front page when I checked it out during my lunch break. You remember Ross, he is the guy that says libraries will be extinct by 2019. It's funny, I have deliberately blogged about this extinction time line a few times to see what response there is out there in LibraryLand, and no one ever bites. Mind you I'm not alone. As of this afternoon there are only 34 hits on the Google Blog search engine for [ross dawson library extinction]. Does this mean you don't care?

Ross's original post (if you're still interested) is at: http://www.rossdawsonblog.com/weblog/archives/2007/10/extinction_time.html The image of the timeline from FFFFound is below.


1 comment:

genevieve said...

Hello David, heard about your blog from Michelle McLean from Connecting Librarian.

I was just wondering how you have arrived at the conclusion that these services use SW tech - there doesn't appear to be any information about the back-engine at all on either site, and Marshall Kirkpatrick of RWW was surprised by that back in June when he reviewed InSuggest, yet did not draw the conclusions you have. Is there something else you know that he doesn't :-)?