Our recent web poll asked readers to vote on what they saw as the most likely "killer app" for Semantic Web technology, from a variety of choices. A total of 51 readers voted - thank you! The results of the poll are shown below.
What is the most likely *Killer App* for Semantic Web technology?
Within this results set, users felt that Web Search was the most promising application of Semantic Web. This seems reasonable - being able to extract the meaning of web pages should help search engines match results better with specific queries. On the other hand, this blog focuses extensively on web search, so the demographics of the audience may be skewed, thus affecting the results.
More interesting is that readers felt that Enterprise Applications are more likely to benefit from semantic analysis, over vertical applications. This is curious because semantic analysis is easier and more effective within a given vertical domain, where some level of background knowledge can be assumed by the parsing algorithms.
Also, Social Applications got only one vote - but as Facebook's Aditya Agarwal noted in a recent SDForum meet, the problem of finding relevant content of interest for a given user from within their social group is actually very similar to the basic problem of web search. So those two choices are not as different as one might think.
Finally, several users chose the "other" option, and listed their own interesting choices:
- gnodal [??]
- contextual search
- Actually, semantics is not about a particular application but a way of expressing
- All: Integration of search with social networking and other apps
- portal and service interoperability