A few interesting posts this week (May 26 - June 1 2008):
- A year ago there was much buzz about companies and public institutions embracing virtual worlds like Second Life, but since then the interest has declined and this year has been really quiet, until now perhaps. ReadWriteWeb refers to an article by Alana Semuels of the Los Angeles Times, who writes about several companies who regularly use private islands in Second Life for meetings and conferences, and entrepreneurs that build virtual conference facilities. The social behaviour of avatars is also getting more controlled and uniform, though some excessiveness still occurs. As she writes: "Just like social culture in the real world, it evolves."
- The useful and free Windows system tools from Sysinternals are now available online, as reported by Ed Bott.
- The browser extension Google Gears turns one and is rebranded as Gears, writes ReadWriteWeb. Gears gives developers early access to future web standards proposed in for example HTML 5, as I wrote in a previous highlight about Gears.
- Alex Iskold has another useful post, this time about the lightweight semantic markup techniques microformats, eRDF and RDFa, where the latter, RDFa, is the most capable, but also the most complex in terms of implementation. Further, he gives some background to the Yahoo! SearchMonkey initiative, which is a way to encourage publishers to add semantic markup to their pages. See also my previous highlight about Yahoo semantic search.
- Finally, there was the discussion about comment ownership that I wrote a separate post about.