It's strange to think that the whole concept of the web is just taking off. As a 23 year old, I can't really remember life without the Internet and can only just recall having to cope with a dialup connection when I was young. But, the fact is, the Internet is still in it's infancy and so much development is still going on in order to improve the web as a whole.
Search engine results have improved substantially
Just recently, Google acquired yet another company (as you do!) which it hopes can be used to create smarter search results.
Over the years, query results served by the search engine have improved. There was a time when you'd get a great deal of spam on the first pages of results, and it used to frustrate many people. The number of complaints has certainly decreased somewhat recently, which would imply that Google is now doing a far better job - and with their recent acquisition, it seems the search giant is now focusing it's efforts on interpreting meanings and grasping language.
So how does Metaweb fit into the Google setup?
'Metaweb is a company that maintains an open database of things in the world' said Jack Menzel, a director of product management at Google. 'Working together we want to improve search and make the web richer and more meaningful for everyone.'
Menzel continues by giving examples of how the Metaweb and Google partnership will improve search results. He states, 'Type 'Barack obama birthday' in the search box and see the answer right at the top of the page. Or search for 'events in San Jose' and see a list of specific events and dates…But what about 'colleges on the west coast with tuition under $30,000' or 'actors over 40 who have won at least one oscar'? These are hard questions, and we've acquired Metaweb because we believe working together we'll be able to provide better answers.'
It's time to give Google some credit
It's mind boggling to think that a computer program can/will be able to process such complex requests, interpret the context of language and serve the results right there, imbedded within the search engine itself. Whilst a select few people within the search industry appreciate how powerful Google is becoming, the large majority of people simply take the results it returns for granted! It's time we all started appreciating what Google is doing for us!