MAY 11th 2007

Right now there is more content being created than can be consumed. You might say "but all content gets consumed eventually, by someone." This is generally true and I completely agree. However, how much of that information is consumed by yourself? I will assert that it is a very small slice of the pie. Even if you focus on a single topic, there are simply too many publications. Try searching "Semantic Web" on Technorati or Bloglines to see just what I mean. It's a never ending flow of information. At the Web's current rate of expansion it will become harder and harder to keep up with it all.

A large portion of the content being published is regurgitated information from other sources, either purposely (read something and then write about it) or naturally (only so much can be said on the topic of depression before there is overlapping). That's ok! That's how information spreads and evolves. We are better off having millions of bloggers creating content and their own variations of information available already, than we would be having only thousands of bloggers coming up with mostly unique content. Going over the same thing repeatedly through out the blogosphere gives us the opportunity to discover new areas of a topic.

The trick is that we will need to find better ways to boil everything down and sift through it. There is a lot of gold, but there is a lot of rock that needs to be broken away before we can get to all the gold, melt it down, and have something worth looking at on Monday morning.

About the author

James Simmons

It's my goal to help bring about the Semantic Web. I also like to explore related topics like natural language processing, information retrieval, and web evolution. I'm the primary author of Semantic Focus and I'm currently working on several Semantic Web projects.

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