Here's an interesting article. I wonder how it will affect how we design and code our sites, or even if it will at all?
It would be better if they fixed their search so that when searching for:
It does not fill the first ten pages with links to shopping sites, especially not those outside of your country if it already supports geo-location.Code:<product name> [review]
Not to mention that even manufacturer's site often doesn't appear on the first page.
This appears to consist of listing a few related searches at the bottom of the results page, something Ask.com and others have done for several years. However, I wonder if anyone knows whether Google will bring semantics into the core search functionality? One has to wonder what a "brute force" approach to semantics would look like.
http://developer.yahoo.com/searchmonkey/ is another setup.
I've looked at some of this stuff lately, and its hopefully big. It will change things, but its going to take forever like any other web standard. Its probably going to be hard to nail down exactly how we define semantic markup, what methods are used (RDF, Microformats, better HTML), and then get everyone to roll out similar markup methods. Just recall the movement from tables to tableless layouts...its not over and its been nearly a decade?
If they do this right, someone could easily find information from a certain time period (not from urls or publish dates, actual timestamps that are markedup) and be able to see results of all things "xyz" from "date". Huge boost to searching potential, basically helping to index the meaning of data instead of just the data itself.
http://linkeddata.org/home has a nice diagram of how this data can link.
http://visinav.deri.org/timeline?key...im+Berners-Lee shows one way this data is being used now, to show as a timeline articles related to tim berners lee.
It will slowly be added to core search abilities I imagine, but its going to be a long ways away before its realized in a way that we can really tangibly benefit from I think. Regardless, I bet if you are on the cutting edge of this and keeping up with it, that you will be served much better in the long run.