I have been an interested follower of the writings and work of
Nova Spivak, CEO of Radar Networks in San Francisco.
If you haven't yet come across him, he is the grandson of the late
Professor Peter Drucker, one of my all time heroes,
and Nova has a very enviable track record in founding and
developing web companies to successful IPO's over the years.
Radar Networks have been in stealth mode for quite a while but
in October 2007, they launched an invite-beta version of Twine at
Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco in October 2007.
From their press announcement:
"Radar Networks, a pioneer of Semantic Web technology, today announced the invite-beta of Twine, a new service that gives users a smarter way to share, organize, and find information with people they trust. Twine is one of the first mainstream applications of the Semantic Web, or what is sometimes referred to as Web 3.0"
I immediately put myself down for a beta version as they expand the
final testing phase. I am hoping for an early beta version as I believe Twine could start to change paradigms, both as a teaching tool, and, most importantly, as an effective personal knowledge management tool. I hope that Twine will greatly accelerate my ability to teach, consult and help individuals, teams and organisations, and move more people into the more meaningful Web 3.0 world, to use the Web as a resource to achieve even greater results.
Nova Spivak believes that we can combine the best of the
people focused social web 2.0 tools together with the
semantic technologies that aim to make more sense of documents and the connections between people, and people and documents.
Watching a video from Web2.0 Summit, I respectfully chuckled at
Nova's remark that he is combining the 'wisdom of crowds' with
the 'wisdom of computers' and that Web 3.0 is Web 2.0 with a brain!
It's certainly worth following Twine. Check it out and please let me know what you think.
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