Monday, October 07, 2002
Content is Not King
The Internet is widely regarded as primarily a content delivery system. Yet historically, connectivity has mattered much more than content. Even on the Internet, content is not as important as is often claimed, since it is e-mail that is still the true "killer app."

The primacy of connectivity over content explains phenomena that have baffled wireless industry observers, such as the enthusiastic embrace of SMS (Short Message System) and the tepid reception of WAP (Wireless Application Protocol). Combined with statistics showing low cell phone usage, this also suggests that the 3G systems that are about to be introduced will serve primarily to stimulate more voice usage, not to provide Internet access.

For the wired Internet, the secondary role of content will likely mean that the dangers of balkanization are smaller than is often feared. Further, symmetrical links to the house are likely to be in greater demand than is usually realized. The huge sums being invested by carriers in content are misdirected.

The Pragmatic Programmer's List of Tips
Be a Catalyst for Change : You can't force change on people. Instead, show them how the future might be and help them participate in creating it.


Putting on the Brakes(Phil R. on the potential of RDF)
First, the glowing vision: I take all the RSS 1.0 feeds from my circle of weblogs, plus RSS feeds of their comments, plus FOAF files that tell me that this nickname and this name go with this homepage and this email address, and I parse them all, throw them in a database of RDF triples, and then use it to answer interesting questions: "What did Shelley have to say today, in her weblog and in her comments and in other people's comments?" "Who talked about FOAF and RSS today, and whose weblogs did they leave comments on?"

Along with the essential question: who responded to this post?

See Also:
RDF Query Specification
RDF Query and Inference Resources
Dave Beckett's Resource Description Framework (RDF) Resource Guide
Burningbird Explains RDF Query Basics


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