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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Yahoo Search + Microformats

Wow, somehow I missed this. Yahoo Search will support a whole boatload of microformat and semantic web technologies in the next iteration of its crawler:

"In the coming weeks, we'll be releasing more detailed specifications that will describe our support of semantic web standards. Initially, we plan to support a number of microformats, including hCard, hCalendar, hReview, hAtom, and XFN. Yahoo! Search will work with the web community to evolve the vocabulary framework for embedding structured data. For starters, we plan to support vocabulary components from Dublin Core, Creative Commons, FOAF, GeoRSS, MediaRSS, and others based on feedback. And, we will support RDFa and eRDF markup to embed these into existing HTML pages. Finally, we are announcing support for the OpenSearch specification, with extensions for structured queries to deep web data sources."

That's exciting.

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Monday, January 07, 2008


It's very exciting to see that Flickr will now support OpenID. Plus, Yahoo's glimpse of Life! looks compelling and interesting. Nice work.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Yahoo FrontEnd Summit: Inventing the Future Keynote

A few months ago Yahoo asked me to give the keynote at their internal Front-End Engineering Summit conference. This was a collection of all their front-end engineers from different sites, such as Flickr, the new Ajaxy Yahoo Mail, and more.

Yahoo asked that I come in and talk about the next 5 years of the web. Prediction is hard, especially 5 years in the computer industry, so instead I talked about inventing the future rather than predicting it.

This was a really deep speech for me; I struggled with it for 2 weeks, unable to work on anything else; it was a difficult creative process. Here's a 'markety' synopsis of the speech:

Brad Neuberg was asked to give the keynote at the Yahoo 2007 Internal Engineering Summit on the next five years of the web. Instead of talking about the future of the web, he came in and gave a heartfelt speech on invention, inventing the future, and knowing what you stand for. This speech challenges Yahoo to change, goes into the core of invention, and provides techniques for shaking the world up with powerful, new ideas. Become a better software engineer by being an inventive leader.

Much thanks to Eric Miraglia of the YUI team for setting the keynote up, helping with feedback, manning the cameras, and helping to mix the digital video. It was a great experience getting to know him; he's a super classy guy.

View the presentation:

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