To understand the web even better and provide users with richer search experience, Google has acquired yet another startup “Metaweb” to help build smarter and more connected Internet. Today, Google on its blog declared that the acquisition is to improve search and make the web richer and more meaningful for everyone. With this acquisition, it can quickly deliver you relevant information right on its search page.
Metaweb Technologies was founded in 2005, to make the internet more connected. Let’s hear from the company in their own words about their work.
“We have been building the platform and populating the data for our content integration network, which enables site owners, publishers and developers to easily and intelligently add content from across the Web.
We do this by utilizing our large, open database of things in the world. Metaweb has information on over 11 million things, including movies, books, TV shows, celebrities, locations, companies and more. In this way, we provide site owners with a seamless way to access third party content from leading sources like New York Times, Twitter, Rotten Tomatoes, Hulu, and a wide range of others. ”
Metaweb Subsidiary Freebase is also now joining Google. Freebase is community-supported open database i.e. it’s the open repository of world’s knowledge. Freebase is quite like Wikipedia, where people can contribute and use data. However, the difference is that Freebase is more like repository of structured data which can also be read by software’s.
At the end, it is quite clear that this move of Google is to further enhance its search. Metaweb’s repository of tagged data will boost the search results of Google. Freebase will be maintained same as free and open database and Google will contribute in its further development to make the web richer. Metaweb will not entertain any new partners but continue to support existing ones.