Lost in the iPhone apology announcement excitement yesterday was a big Google acquisition.
Google announced it had purchased Metaweb for an undisclosed sum yesterday. Metaweb is a company that organizes data on the web by ‘entity’. What’s that? Cue the video:
Metaweb should add some intelligence to Google’s search engine algorithms. But that’s not all they get.
Google also mentions their interest in Freebase (might be time for a rebrand on that name), one of Metaweb’s products. Freebase fancies themselves as an entity graph of people, places and things, built by a community that loves open data. A more social and organized Wikipedia of sorts which may be a big addition to Google’s Knol.
That sounds a little bit Facebooky to me, at least in where Facebook looks to be heading. It will be interesting to see if Google can integrate this compilation and organization of knowledge into their rumored social offering as well.