Posts Tagged ‘geo search’

Dating App Loveflutter Uses Freebase to Get the Upperhand in the Matchmaking Game

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Steve O’Hear of Tech Crunch reports, “Online dating startup Loveflutter soft-launched in New York and the UK early last year with a site that aimed to match prospective dates based on shared interests. So far, so like nearly every legacy dating service. But what made the UK company potentially stand out — ignoring the silly launch campaign that required users to pass an ‘interesting’ test before signing up — was its use of Google-owned Freebase, the open database of people, places and things that powered the interest-graph behind Loveflutter’s match-making capability. Harnessing the same underlying semantic technology, Loveflutter is rebooting somewhat today with a mobile-first approach aiming to be a more ‘quirky’ Tinder.” Read more

The Semantic Web Benefits Local Business

David Amerland of Business2Community reports, “The web may be global but its effects are felt most acutely at a local level. While there have always been businesses that targeted a global market the bulk of business today are brick and mortar stores with a web presence or online businesses that have a local presence. Either way search that delivers global results when all you wanted to find was a pizza joint in your neighborhood is, understandably, less than satisfying. Thankfully search is changing. In the transition from Boolean search with its statistical text analysis properties to semantic search that uses ontology libraries to ascribe meaning to things Google has moved in what it famously calls “from strings to things”. The effects of the transition are noticed in two things that are part of the same phenomenon: First the fragmentation of search and second its intense personalization.” Read more