Wavii – Getting the Info you want from the web{1}

by Tyler K
In an article from Wired.com, an exciting concept site is previewed – a project called Wavii. The creator of Wavii – Adrian Aoun – has previously worked for the company that ran Myspace (although Aoun rejects that there is any connection between him and Myspace, stating that it was bound to die versus Facebook), and has the know-how and business savvy necessary to ensure completion of this project. Essentially, Wavii would portray information, Facebook news-feed style, concerning any and all subjects the user might be interested in – news, updates, band information, everything. The project utilizes a similar approach to managing data as Google, where data is analyzed real-time and processes relationships between certain terms and words. This would be used to develop a structure where users would be able to further clarify what they are looking for, at the same time giving more specificity to each chunk of information brought up – for instance, an article on cooking vegan dessert might have just been tagged as a recipe for cooking and vegan, but the users would add the additional specificity of the dessert tag, and the users could also link it to similar articles that Wavii missed.

In relation to what has been learned, a few key concepts caught my eye that related quite well to what has already been covered. The first is the mention of how Facebook is so successful, “…Facebook knew how to structure data,” (Metz, 2012). Recently in class, properly organizing data in a manner that is both efficient and effective was a vital topic, and this concept reflects how the structure of data management can lead to the ultimate success or total downfall of a company (in the article, having the former being Facebook, the latter being Myspace). Additionally, the article mentions how the system that uses “…(a) large amount of data to fashion a system that gives the illusion that it can think,” (Metz, 2012). The concept revolves around the idea of a system where a huge amount of data is given many different relationships – a crucial component of Entity-Relationship designs that we had done. Finally, the article states that both metadata and data are used with separate storage systems – a larger-scale version of something we were already implementing in class!
This concept is really fascinating – articles on “the next Facebook” are always exciting, as it gives insight into the sort of technology is going into what could be the next big thing, and this article is no different. The concept of utilizing a massive natural-language based processing system for something besides a search engine is an intriguing concept, and the sheer scale of what the data-metadata relationship setup could turn into is awe-inspiring (provided this catches on).

Works Cited

Metz, C. (2012, April 11). Wavii vows to understand entire internet . Retrieved from Metz, C. (2012, April 11). Wired.com. Retrieved from  http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/04/wavii/