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It’s a bit late for me to get the Website Magazine, May-2008 issue – one of the mags I recommend for bloggers, SEO experts and anyone who owns a website. In this issue, I found several interesting articles and here are brief intro and comments on them.

1. The Semantic Web (Web 3.0)

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A Semantic Search Engine (Source: Website Magazine, May 2008 – All rights reserved)

This article begins with very evocative introduction of the word “semantic” (but I’m not quite sure that the term of “semantic web” should coincide with “web 3.0″?) The article continues by describing how hard you find for specific info using current search engines and how “semantic web” would relieve the pain.

Personally, I think the semantic web will not be the next web revolution but just an improvement of current web. People are lazy and the semantic web seems too complicated for average man (or woman) to implement properly even with some tools introduced in the article.

2. The First 10 Seconds

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Website Wireframe Example (Source: Website Magazine, May 2008 – All rights reserved)

Those who seriously care about web design must know what “the first 10 seconds” concept means. Yes, it’s about the first impression of a website and it’s very important. Design concepts and (brief) guides for good design are summarized in this article, a must-read for web designers, I suppose.

3. SEO Corner: Anatomy of Link Request

This article tries to have a brief of link-baiting and value of incoming links in modern web — short but useful article for SEO specialists.

4. Effective Press Release

It’s about reasons to write a press release and how to write and distribute it effectively.

5. Mobile Web

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Mobile Web (Source: Website Magazine, May 2008 – All rights reserved)

Is anyone here viewing this article from a mobile phone? If so, is it an iPhone? Clearly the mobile web is growing into everyday utility but is it a viable business opportunity? Should you build a specific version of your website for iPhone? Just find answers in this issue.

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    Long awaited book stating itself as the “expert guide to building Ruby on Rails applications” has finally come.

    This book will help you:

    • Increase your productivity as a web developer
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    • Learn what’s new in Rails 2.0
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