Yahoo! recently announce that they plan to support several Semantic Web standards in their search engine. The promise of better search engine rankings might be enough to push some sites towards implementing Semantic Web technologies who might never have considered them before (in a similar way to which SEO is currently used to support arguments for standards compliant markup). A critical mass of structured content could then be enough to fuel even more widespread uptake.
Do you think this is a possible (or even likely) scenario? Or do you think it will make little difference?
Pinned topic Will Yahoo!'s support of SW lead to a blossoming of semantic content?
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Updated on 2009-02-12T17:16:48Z at 2009-02-12T17:16:48Z by robertc
Re: Will Yahoo!'s support of SW lead to a blossoming of semantic content?2008-09-09T21:02:11ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
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Message was edited by: Rob CrowtherUpdated on 2008-09-09T21:02:11Z at 2008-09-09T21:02:11Z by robertc
Re: Will Yahoo!'s support of SW lead to a blossoming of semantic content?2008-11-15T16:04:54ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.The W3C have recently published a Case Study on Yahoo! SearchMonkey: Improving Web Search Using Metadata. If you haven't yet given SearchMonkey a try, check out my tutorial Create a Yahoo! SearchMonkey application.
RobUpdated on 2008-11-15T16:04:54Z at 2008-11-15T16:04:54Z by robertc
Re: Will Yahoo!'s support of SW lead to a blossoming of semantic content?2009-02-12T17:16:48ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.Yahoo have announced extensions to their BOSS service so that all the 'structured data' which is available through SearchMonkey is now also available through the BOSS API. This means that Microformat and RDFa data on the open web will be available to search engines built on the top of BOSS.