Always nice to travel by train and have the notebook (noty! noty! very noty!) with you, at least to spend some time reading. You need some good reads? Find some good classical literature in PDF Format here. Many books, from classical to computer books here, and last but not least the biggest source here.
Those that do seem to speculate about “applying your social network to search” and other exotic stuff, but I’m thinking of something far more basic than that: users.
That’s right, users.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Google has millions of users!” Of course they do. How much do they really know about those users? Do they really have a user database from which they can mine interesting data? If they have one, it must pale in comparison to what Yahoo, AOL, and MSN have.
Eigentlich nicht komisch, aber…
PLINK – People Link, is a “search engine” indexing FOAF-Files. So you can search for people at last. Let’s make a test, as usual with my name: Nico, but with the fact in mind, that my FOAF-file is unfinished and not on the server in the moment. So what do we learn: if you wanna see Nico Lumma, it’s ok. And something more:
Moe [hum, that’s completely nonsense, namely] Gordon known from poeticgeek.net has linked me in his FOAF-file, but got my surname wrong. Pffft. 😉
Said it before and again: it’s time for a FOAF-file now.
Find some “Best of 2003”-listings here. Takes a day to go through all these best things of the year.
FAVORITE EXPRESSION: “Wocka! Wocka!”
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Gags Beasley, comedy writer
HOBBIES: Telling jokes, dodging tomatoes
QUOTE: “Why did the chicken cross the road?” NEVER LEAVES HOME WITHOUT: His joybuzzer, his whoopee cushion and Clyde, the rubber chicken.