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2. Microformats: Semantic Markup and Com... > Geocoordinates: A Common Thread for ...

Geocoordinates: A Common Thread for Just About Anything

Omitting a discussion of microformats like geo and hRecipe as not being particularly useful for mining the social web would be a big mistake. Although it’s certainly true that standalone geo data in no particular context isn’t necessarily social, important but much less than obvious relationships often emerge from disparate data sets that are tied together with a common geographic context. Geo data is ubiquitous and plays a powerful part in too many social mashups to even name, because a particular point in space can be used as the glue to cluster people together. The divide between “real life” and life on the Web continues to close, and just about any kind of data becomes social the moment that it i....


  

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