[foaf-dev] Rapportive

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 17:28:35 CET 2010

On 8 November 2010 13:32, Dan Brickley <danbri at danbri.org> wrote:
> via Daniel O'Connor, cc:'d., an interesting Gmail-addon app:
> http://rapportive.com/   ... this (amongst presumably other things) is
> pulling in data from Google's Social Graph API (and hence from XFN and
> FOAF). When you view a mail message in Gmail (including Gmail Apps for
> Domains), it shows a sidebar with photos and info about the sender.
> IMHO when people look for 'linked data killer apps', they often look
> in the wrong places. We don't need some ground shaking wonder site,
> ... just for our stuff to be unubtrusively useful. Users shouldn't
> know it's there.
> A couple years ago I gave a talk touching on the idea of an 'invisible
> Semantic Web'. ---
> http://www.slideshare.net/danbri/when-presentation-849447
> "An invisible Semantic Web... Somewhat better search results. Slightly
> smarter spam filters. A calendar full of useful information. Long-term
> archival tools. Auto-maintained cross-references. Relevant people
> grouped in addressbook. "
> And this is just the kind of thing I had in mind. I fear this isn't
> revolutionary enough for some folk, but hey, we can have a revolution
> later too.
> The Rapportive app reminds me a bit of the old Gnome Dashboard work,
> see Edd's http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-desktop/
> and more recently the experiment I made at wiring up SGAPI via Mozilla
> Ubiquity (http://danbri.org/words/2008/08/28/369). I think Thunderbird
> itself is growing some similar facilities lately too. Anyway, I'll try
> using it for a while and see how it works in practice...
> Anything that helps people cope with giant email inboxes by putting
> faces to names, and conversations in context, has to be worth
> investigating.

One thing I've noticed about rapportive is:  most of the contacts I
see have some kind of profiles.  But spammers generally have none.
Could an linked data version of this be a potential spam filter?

> cheers,
> Dan
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