Zach Beauvais

Sticky Web App launched from Adaptiveblue

Written by Zach Beauvais

Oct 30, 2008
Improved Workspace
Image by Zach_Beauvais via Flickr

For me, one of the things which makes the idea Semantic Web so fascinating is the idea that “stuff” online is treated as real. What I mean is that the things we like online, are very often the things we like offline: people, books, wine, and gadgets are obvious examples. When I ogle the new Macbook range, I’m not thinking about the page about the Macbook, but the Macbook itself. My mates on social networking sites, or from their own blogs, are more than the sum of their profile boxes!

I’ve been playing with glue, for a few weeks, and it was officially launched the other day (which means I’m finally allowed to talk about it!) I wrote a piece about it over on my blog, so I won’t be long-winded here, or explain exactly how it works beyond a brief introduction (as the developers, AdaptiveBlue has a better description of how it works, and we’re big on reuse here). Glue is a firefox plugin that allows you to begin to interact with the “stuff” online.

One more thing I will mention, however, is that the “stuff” can actually be non-site-specific with Glue. So, if I rate a book on Amazon, the book is actually marked on other sites which carry it! It’s the first time I’ve ever seen this kind of interaction, and I think it ties in heavily with visualisation, interaction, and even the development of the Semantic Web.

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