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Web 3.0 Now: 5 “Next Generation” Plugins For WordPress

Yes, “Web 3.0” smacks of buzzwordism, and is ill defined at this point. But if the web is transitioning to a new era, here are a few plugins to help ye ole WordPress keep up to snuff.

Distributed Identity

One of the various facets “Web 3.0” is “distributed identity,” possibly the most popular of which is OpenID.

  • There’s a dead simple OpenID plug-in for WordPress. Unfortunately, it won’t work on my host (HostGator) so I can’t use it here.
  • Update: I just found this Google FriendConnect plugin that allows users to use Google, Yahoo!, OpenID and other systems to leave comments. Seems to work fine. Doesn’t work on this site. *sigh* (neither does the official one from Google)

    Cloud Agents

    Perhaps no other IT concept is being more hyped right now than cloud computing. The term’s used a few different ways, but in this case we’re talking very broadly about data on the “the cloud” (aka “the Internet”).

    Chris Arkenberg coined the term cloud agent, tiny apps that “help us sort and search the massive volumes of data we interact with regularly,” last year. Since that time it seems to be a slow moving space. Yet there are some WordPress plugins that I think qualify as cloud agents.

  • TweetBacks is similar to trackbacks, but pulls in all mentions of a post on Twitter. (There’s a more complex plugin called TweetSuite but I can’t get it to work.)
  • Stumble Reviews displays all reviews of a post from StumbleUpon on your page. Works better than TweetBacks, but I suppose is easier to implement.
  • These two plugins take distributed conversation about a particular piece of web content and fold it back into the original location, leaving users free to converse in the social media environment of their choosing while contributing to a larger, easily trackable conversation.

    Semantic Web

    The “semantic web” is one of the longest anticipated components of “Web 3.0” and is in some cases considered synonymous with “Web 3.0”. WordPress has been using the microformat XFN for quite some time, and there are several microformat plugins for WordPress. But microformats seem mostly designed to format data to be machine readable for some future purpose, rather than providing some benefit now.

    Here are a two practical semantic web plugins for WordPress that are available now:

  • OpenCalais Archive Tagger goes through your archives and automatically adds tags. I ran this through the thousands of posts here and got many many more tags. The downside is that not all of them are relevant, and I’m slowly working my way through the archives deleting unnecessary tags. But if you’ve got a large number of posts and haven’t been using tags, this could be quite useful for you.
  • Tagaroo – suggests tags and Flickr images for a post. I don’t use this, but it sounds useful.
  • If you like this article feel free to give it a thumbs up on stumbleupon.

    Why Cuil Should Buy Iterasi… No, Seriously.

    I think this tendency is very important to the blogosphere, because without the ability to become an arm chair CEO, people might begin to take us too seriously. There are always blogs telling us why Facebook should buy Twitter, or why Facebook should by Xobni, or why Twitter needs to support Laconica. Most of these suggestions are at best an interesting idea, at worst they are complete non-sense.

    The suggestion that I’m making, however, is spot on the mark. Why? Because, my friend I know what I’m talking about.

    What I am talking about is this: In the new landscape of the web, Cuil and Iterasi go together like bacon and, well, anything.

    Full Story: Positively Glorious!

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    Travelogues and cloud computing

    transglobal cloud

    Jon Blake gives a run down of how he and Edward Wilson are pushing their travelogues around the web.

    Full Story: Transglobal

    Cloud agents and business intelligence

    Business Intelligence. The enterprise will increasingly use cloud agents and semantic analytics to better understand their customers, markets, finances, and internal workflows. Companies will engage in behavioral modeling and web meme profiling more aggressively. With diminishing worforce resources due to budgetary constraints, increased investment into automation and intelligent software solutions will give businesses more information and feedback without requiring as many large paychecks. Electronic business workflows, services, and applications will evolve to write more intelligent metadata and semantic subtext into file formats while similarly reporting usage analytics out to dyanamic data streams. All of this data will be sorted by cloud agents, filtered, parsed, and then rendered to rich media layers (eg Flash) for practical visualization and analysis. All documents and file types will evolve to contain more legacy information about who and how the file was created, when & where, who has access rights and to what degree, who has reviewed them and what comments have been attached. Such intelligent files will enable greater and greater usage by both human and cloud agents.

    From: urbeingrecorded

    The rise of personal cloud agents

    Twitchboard represents the emerging class of cloud agents that will help us sort and search the massive volumes of data we interact with regularly. Our connections are getting too dense and the data we’re working with is growing far too big for us humans to handle manually. We need subroutines customized to our interests, affiliations, businesses, and collaborations that can do the heavy data lifting for us while we focus on the meaningful expressions these agents will create for us from the noise.

    Increasingly we’ll have swarms of such agents running across our digital lives doing our bidding and the bidding of numerous marketing and security agencies as well. These tools will have particular value across the enterprise where they will monitor workflows & financial movements, gather market data from clouds, and sift through productivity metrics to formulate valuable business intel. Agents will tell us about our lives and our health delivering colorful abstracts with pretty animated datasets showing how much we drove this week, how many miles we walked, tasks completed vs. outstanding, and much more feedback based on an array of scripts & sensors.


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