November 13, 2009 at 5:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Being a firm believer in the World Wide Web, I would love to agree fully with Tim Berners-Lee that if something “isn’t on the web, it doesn’t exist.” However, this statement is rather arrogant considering not even everyone is on the web. While the Web is transforming from 2.0 to 3.0 some people have not even logged on to know there is a change occurring; not everyone is there yet. Many people are happy to not be on the web; these people just may not want to ever be there. Even while these people may never get online, the information will progress, maybe even information about them.

Another disconcerting aspect of Berners-Lee quote is even if it is on the Web, it may not be accurate; search engine entries may even prove to be problematic. The idea of the Semantic Web is to connect you to all material, putting everything at your fingertips. A huge dilemma here is sometimes you can’t find the information you’re looking for, or if it is there, maybe the site isn’t so great. Having your site come up on a search can be complex. Imagine this, your bakery is on a street that no one really ever drives down, you wouldn’t know it was there unless you looked at a map. Now imagine that the maps are constantly being revised and the mapmakers refuse to tell you how they are redirecting and deciding roads; they also aren’t telling you the hierarchy they are placed in. This is where Search Engine Optimization comes into play, also where more problems begin to arise.


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