Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Firefox 3 and Microformats

The last week, I was trying to sell someone the idea of Microformats and how the whole semantics integration would make information on the web a lot more organized and I'll have to admit I was hardly making any sense to the individual and had to give up real soon. Perhaps, with Mozilla now looking at Microformats, it may just result into a wider acceptance and integration of Microformats. Here's a little something about Microformats for those who aren't aware of what they are. Mozilla Designer Alex Faaborg in a recent post explained how microformats will transform the future Web Browser (read Firefox 3) into an "Information Broker":

"Much in the same way that operating systems currently associate particular file types with specific applications, future Web browsers are likely going to associate semantically marked up data you encounter on the Web with specific applications, either on your system or online. This means the contact information you see on a Web site will be associated with your favorite contacts application, events will be associated with your favorite calendar application, locations will be associated with your favorite mapping application, phone numbers will be associated with your favorite VOIP application, etc."

A couple of happenings I came across in social bookmarking today. RawSugar seems to have shut down its shop last week and Duncan Riley recommends Bluedot, a social bookmarking service that Michael Arrington mentioned in his List of Web 2.0 companies he couldn’t live without. I haven't been able to look at it yet but the idea of not having to leave the page in order to bookmark it is a much better option than the del.icio.us way.

And on an ending note, you might want to double check that slick favicon on your blog/site is not using 27 GIGS of bandwidth a month!

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