Archives for Semantic Web

First Week of Twine Beta Phase II Report

This week we began letting the second wave of beta users into the Twine invite-only beta. It’s been a very busy and exciting time for the Twine team. I’ll be providing more detailed stats on an ongoing basis in a few weeks once we have more data to analyze.… Read More “First Week of Twine Beta Phase II Report”

Twine Perspective on Yahoo Semantic Web Search Announcement

The Beginning of the Mainstream Semantic Web?

It is being reported that Yahoo will be indexing a wide array of structured metadata, including Semantic Web metadata. This will make Yahoo’s search index potentially better than Google’s, although it will also open their index up to sophisticated attempts to “game the system” as well that will need to be solved.… Read More “Twine Perspective on Yahoo Semantic Web Search Announcement”

Reminder: Twine is a Beta — A note about what Beta means

I want to remind everyone, TWINE IS A BETA. It is only a beta. Beta means not finished, under development, work in progress, construction site, imperfect, open to feedback, undergoing testing, getting better everyday, in need of more work, etc. and many other things that are not synonymous with “finished” or “ready for consumer launch.”… Read More “Reminder: Twine is a Beta — A note about what Beta means”

Do You Want Early Access to the Twine Beta?

Special offer to readers of my blog…

There are now well over 30,000 users in the queue to get into the Twine beta. We’re going to start letting people in from the waiting list in waves and it should take about a month or two to let everyone in.… Read More “Do You Want Early Access to the Twine Beta?”

Insightful Article About Twine

Carla Thompson, an analyst for Guidewire Group, has written what I think is a very insightful article about her experience participating in the early-access wave of the Twine beta.

We are now starting to let the press in and next week we will begin to let waves of people in from our over 30,000 user wait list.… Read More “Insightful Article About Twine”

How about Web 3G?

I’m here at the BlogTalk conference in Cork, Ireland with a range of bloggers and technologists discussing the emerging social Web. Including myself, Ian Davis and Paul Miller from Talis, there are also a bunch of other Semantic Web folks including Dan Brickley, and a group from DERI Galway.… Read More “How about Web 3G?”

My Commentary: Radar Networks Raises $13M for Twine

I am pleased to announce that my company Radar Networks, has raised a $13M Series B investment round to grow our product, Twine. The investment comes from Velocity Interactive Group, DFJ, and Vulcan. Ross Levinsohn — the man who acquired and ran MySpace for Fox Interactive — will be joining our board.… Read More “My Commentary: Radar Networks Raises $13M for Twine”

Video of My Semantic Web Talk

This is a video of me giving commentary on my "Understanding the Semantic Web" talk and how it relates to Twine, to a group of French business school students who made a visit to our office last month.

Here is the link to the video,
if the embedded version below does not play.… Read More “Video of My Semantic Web Talk”

Video – 3 Questions for Nova Spivack

SciVestor is a new analyst firm. This is a short video in which I answer 3 questions about the Semantic Web and Radar Networks.

Artificial Stupidity: The Next Big Thing

There has been a lot of hype about artificial intelligence over the years. And recently it seems there has been a resurgence in interest in this topic in the media. But artificial intelligence scares me. And frankly, I don’t need it.… Read More “Artificial Stupidity: The Next Big Thing”

Fun With CoolWhip: The Twine Crunchies Video

The Crunchies are done. At Radar Networks we are really honored to have our product,, nominated as a finalist for Best Technology Innovation of 2007. It was very cool to see our Twine logo up there on stage next to Facebook, Digg, LinkedIn and so many other incredible companies — especially considering we were the only company that was still in closed Beta in the awards (and yes, we are coming out of closed beta in March, so get ready!).… Read More “Fun With CoolWhip: The Twine Crunchies Video”

A Nice Video Intro to The Semantic Web for Non-Geeks

Question: What do you do if you’re not a computer scientist but you are interested in understanding what all this Semantic Web stuff is about?

Answer: Watch this video!

Help the Semantic Web Win the Crunchies

As I blogged earlier, my company’s product,, has been nominated as a finalist for the Best Technology Achievement of 2007 in the TechCrunch Crunchies awards. You can vote once per day, per browser, it appears (they have a very scientific voting process it seems), so please cast your vote for Twine (and the Semantic Web) by voting every day until January 10 when voting ends.… Read More “Help the Semantic Web Win the Crunchies”

Help us Win! Twine is a Finalist in the Crunchies!

My company’s product,, has made it to the finalist round in the Crunchies, a new annual tech industry awards competition, under the Best Technical Achievement category. Please help us win by casting your vote for Twine here. Thanks!

UPDATE: It turns out, that for some odd reason the Crunchies allows each voter to vote once per day per category — in other words, you can vote multiple times in the same category — one vote per user per day — so please vote for Twine again if you can.

First Full Online Demo of Twine

Scoble came over and filmed a full conversation and video demo of Twine. You can watch the long version (1 hour) or the short version (10 mins) on his site. Here’s the link.

Watch the Semantic Web Panel from the recent MIT / Stanford Venture Lab Event

Last month I was on a panel about Semantic Web Opportunities at the MIT / Stanford Venture Lab, at Stanford University. The panel was moderated by Paul Saffo, and included myself, Robert Cook, Alex Iskold and Paul Kedrosky. The full video of the panel is online.… Read More “Watch the Semantic Web Panel from the recent MIT / Stanford Venture Lab Event”

Twine Demo at Upcoming Semantic Web SIG in SF on Dec 13

If you are going to be in San Francisco on December 13, please join me at the SD Forum Semantic Web SIG event. I’ll be demoing Twine, along with several other presenters showing other interesting apps that relate the semweb. This is a repeat of last month’s SD Forum event in Palo Alto which was so good that they’ve asked us all to come back and do it again.… Read More “Twine Demo at Upcoming Semantic Web SIG in SF on Dec 13”

Defining the Semantic Graph — What is it Really?

This is written in response to a post by Anne Zelenka.

I’ve been talking about the coming “semantic graph” for quite some time now, and it seems the meme has suddenly caught on thanks to a recent article by Tim Berners-Lee in which he speaks of an emerging “Giant Global Graph” or “GGG.”Read More “Defining the Semantic Graph — What is it Really?”

Jim Hendler on the Chaotic Semantic Web

Jim Hendler, who co-created the OWL language of the Semantic Web has written an interesting post where he comes out with his refutation against criticisms of the Semantic Web.

Powerpoint Deck: Making Sense of the Semantic Web, and Twine

Now that I have been asked by several dozen people for the slides from my talk on "Making Sense of the Semantic Web," I guess it’s time to put them online. So here they are, under the Creative Commons Attribution License (you can share it with attribution this site).… Read More “Powerpoint Deck: Making Sense of the Semantic Web, and Twine”

Quick Video Preview of Twine

The New Scientist just posted a quick video preview of Twine to YouTube. It only shows a tiny bit of the functionality, but it’s a sneak peak.

We’ve been letting early beta testers into Twine and we’re learning a lot from all the great feedback, and also starting to see some cool new uses of Twine.… Read More “Quick Video Preview of Twine”

True Knowledge is Cool

The most interesting and exciting new app I’ve seen this month (other than Twine of course!) is a new semantic search engine called True Knowledge. Go to their site and watch their screencast to see what the next generation of search is really going to look like.… Read More “True Knowledge is Cool”

A Video and an Audio Cast About Twine

Last night I saw that the video of my presentation of Twine at the Web 2.0 Summit is online. My session, "The Semantic Edge," featured Danny Hillis of Metaweb demoing Freebase, Barney Pell demoing Powerset, and myself Demoing Twine, followed by a brief panel discussion with Tim O’Reilly (in that order).… Read More “A Video and an Audio Cast About Twine”

What a Week!

What a week it has been for Radar Networks. We have worked so hard these last few days to get ready to unveil Twine, and it has been a real thrill to show our work and get such positive feedback and support from the industry, bloggers, the media and potential users.… Read More “What a Week!”

Radar Networks Announces

My company, Radar Networks, has just come out of stealth. We’ve announced what we’ve been working on all these years: It’s called We’re going to be showing Twine publicly for the first time at the Web 2.0 Summit tomorrow.… Read More “Radar Networks Announces”

Understanding The Semantic Web: A Response to Tim O'Reilly's Recent Defense of Web 2.0

Tim O’Reilly, recently blogged another article about Web 2.0 Versus Web 3.0 in which he responded to some of my points about what Web 3.0 is and is not. There are several points in his post that I need to respond to.… Read More “Understanding The Semantic Web: A Response to Tim O'Reilly's Recent Defense of Web 2.0”

Web 3.0 — The Best Official Definition Imaginable

Jason just blogged his take on an official definition of "Web 3.0" — in his case he defines it as better content, built using Web 2.0 technologies. There have been numerous responses already, but since I am one of the primary co-authors of the Wikipedia page on the term Web 3.0, I thought I should throw my hat in the ring here.… Read More “Web 3.0 — The Best Official Definition Imaginable”

Gartner is Wrong about Web 3.0

I have a lot of respect for the folks at Gartner, but their recent report in which they support the term "Web 2.0" yet claim that the term "Web 3.0" is just a marketing ploy, is a bit misguided.

In fact, quite the opposite is true.… Read More “Gartner is Wrong about Web 3.0”

The Semantic Web, Collective Intelligence and Hyperdata

I’m posting this in response to a recent post by Tim O’Reilly which focused on disambiguating what the Semantic Web is and is not, as well as the subject of Collective Intelligence. I generally agree with Tim’s post, but I do have some points I would add by way of clarification.… Read More “The Semantic Web, Collective Intelligence and Hyperdata”

Proposal for GRDDLR: The Open Source GRDDL Repository

Now that GRDDL is officially on its way to becoming a W3C open
standard, I’m even more interested in its potential. For those who don’t know,
GRDDL provides a way to map from non-RDF data into RDF, on-the-fly. So for
example, if a semantic web app needs data from some Web page, and that page
does not contain RDF, a GRDDL transform can be provided that maps that Web
page’s content to appropriate RDF.… Read More “Proposal for GRDDLR: The Open Source GRDDL Repository”