[microformats-discuss] Re: Educationg Others
chris at commerce.net
Wed Oct 5 14:02:31 PDT 2005
> Ok, the long tail idea is not just about the case of 3 people who post
> a picture of their albino cat jumping over a fence while wearing a
> sombrero, versus the 10,000 people doing the same. It is about those
> first 3 people, plus the 4 fence-jumping fedora-wearing albino cats,
> plus the 2 fence-jumping fedora-wearing black-and-white cats...the
> aggregated total of all of which may be well into the millions.
Amazon, Netflix, and eBay didn't make it big because they had separate
categories and formats for each of the tiny niches in books, movies, and
p2p sales. They each supported a few categories, and lots of ability to
describe differences, and allowed their customers to search the
descriptions. Flickr may want to allow arbitrary captions on the
pictures, but it's unlikely they need a structured markup language for
cats that includes what they're wearing, or what their color or breed
is. Standard simple markup with room for differentiation in the
descriptions is sufficient, and I think that's what microformats push for.
Amazon wants to display titles, authors, cover photos and reviews.
Netflix wants to let people browse by genre, title, actors, and
directors. Neither needs to come up with genre-specific markup to serve
all the tiny niches the companies never thought of before they became
part of the phenomenon.
Principal Investigator, Prediction Markets
chris.hibbert at commerce.net
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