November 30, 2005
Need to buy a real ladder rather than climb a career ladder in Manhattan, but don't know where to shop? Or maybe you need the latest electronic gadget. Or maybe one of a few other billion possibilities? Goodzer can show you just where to buy --in Manhattan and anywhere else in the US, for that matter--and buy almost anything else while you are at it. With over 2.5 billion products listed in over half a million stores throughout the US, finding what you need in the bricks and mortar world could approach the convenience of online shopping--without the shipping delay.
While social networking sites already help users maintain connections with friends and interest groups, a recent trend in web services has been the growth of semantic technologies that connect people across different websites. New York startup AdaptiveBlue offer a service called "Glue," which uses semantic web techniques to understand the content of popular web pages that describe lifestyle objects such as books, music, and movies. It then lets you do many useful, in-context things based on that data, such as learn more about the movie or actors on IMDB, buy the soundtrack on Amazon, read the historical background on Wikipedia, and a interact with a variety of other sites and services.