Chris Messina made a great presentation at OpenIDux. He basically took the browser and re-imagined it or redesigned it with social in mind.
He based his redesign on three principles - or three verbs. His three verbs were follow, share, and connect.
With those three words Chris hit the nail on the head for what does social mean for people today. As a quick little experiment I typed those three words into my search engine and the #1 result was . . . “FaceBook.” Very interesting.
What are those three words, those social verbs. Were there any other verbs that he tried to use but didn't help him redesign the browser. What other options did he have?
Perhaps other options might have dealt more with creating meaning. With those 3 social verbs and other social verbs - the idea behind them is that they are all social actions; in that sense the social verbs don’t change the meaning of the object that is changing hands.
Other verbs perhaps learning verbs.
And the big daddy of them all identity
Maybe this moves us closer to using the the semantic web better - we need to also have a semantic browser to browse the semantic and social web. Perhaps the semantic web has been hamstrung by not building first a solid basis of the social. The foundation needs to be first social, then build on top of that. As Brynn Evans pointed out - "the meaning making takes place in social context. The social verbs are the backbone."
I think Chris Messina has identified a missing piece of the puzzle in the sematic web. They forgot the social foundation.
Thanks @Brynn for your comments on an earlier version of this.
OpenIDux was the event at which Chris Messina talked