Ever since I got involved in the Semantic Web, people have been asking when the world will start using it. Apparently quite a few have been asking that question for over a decade prior. Well folks, wait no longer.
Facebook, arguably the #1 site in the world, is powered by the Semantic Web.
For the past year, Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol has been my favorite API. Even without talking to Facebook, you can leverage OGP by pinging the large number of sites tagging themselves for the sake of Facebook.
At this year’s F8, the annual Facebook event, OGP just grew by leaps and bounds. Facebook needed to gather about a year’s worth of data to enable some of what they’re doing now.
But with the latest changes, Facebook is poised to challenge Google with a search engine of their own. Give them a year or two of data with the new and improved OGP, and you have a powerful semantic search engine.
Exciting times my friends.