After reading this blog entry about Radar Networks and Semantic Web, here are some of my thoughts and follow-up questions:
- How will you cater to different type of users with different level of technical skills? (I guess you will provide different type of interfaces.)
- Are you seriously planning to stay in beta for 3 years? (Google is doing it. I guess you can find some ways to justify that.)
- How will you create enough incentives for end-users to spend the extra energy to “tag” or encode contents using your platform? (I am looking forward to see the beta.)
- Who will be in the position to define the ontology? Isn’t that usually done by a standard body? What if that standard body takes years to define such ontology? How do you regulate “the central ontology”? Will rest of the world agree with the ontology definition? What if a community of users wants to “fork” the definition? Will your platform offer interoperability across different silos of definitions?
- Although you are positioning Radar Networks as a non-competitor of Google by pointing out the differences of technical approach and focus, the actual end-user attraction factors might still related. Google is in the attention economy business. They focus on products and services that attracts attention from user’s eye balls, leverage that attention and convert it to ad revenue. One trick to attract eye balls is to present good enough search results to most users, effectively filter out a lot of noise on the Internet and present relevant information that users will most likely want to see. Semantic web is another creative approach to enable filtering massive amount of information and present relevant information to users. Although the technical approaches between Google and Radar Networks are different, the end effect that will attract users can be similar. Therefore, overlap of interest may still possible.