Nova Spivack’s semantic web companyTwineis developing a free service to write and host semantic ontologies; the classification trees that enable machines to put concepts in topical context. Ready to play Aristotle and create an ontology of cheese, model airplanes, global anti-hunger organizations or any other topic?
What blogging was to publishing, a simple tool that made far more people able to participate, Twine’s new ontology writing and hosting service could be to the act of teaching machines about new topics.
The company wouldn’t let us publish the new service’s name but says it is aiming for a launch date this year, as soon as a go-to-market strategy and appropriate partnerships are lined up. The ontologies created won’t only work on Twine; they will be referenceable by semantic apps anywhere around the web.
Twine Could Surpass Delicious in a Matter of Months
Twine’s public product lets people bookmark items like web pages and videos into topical collections. The service then analyzes the contents of all the bookmarks to identify the key concepts, people, places and other information automatically. It’s like tagging inDeliciousbut automated and, in theory, more thorough than any human being would be in assigning tags.
Compete.com says Delicious gets about 2 million unique visitors a month and has stopped growing. Twine just passed 1 million uniques and is growing fast. Spivack said that 40% of that traffic comes from Google, and sure enough those Twine pages look awfully juicy from a spider’s perspective. Spivack expects Twine to hit 2 million uniques in a matter of months and that looks like a credible claim to us.