I just came across a perfect example of the power of the semantic web.
If you don't know who Tim Berners Lee is, you perhaps should. It just so happened I ran into him, during the www2004, online. I didnt believe it, but it was him alright.
I googled a bit, looking for logs of him speaking in channel, but only had other people relaying his speeches, live, to IRC.
I whois'd him, and noticed the starwood broadband hostmask -> could it be that the creator of the web as we know it, was staying at a http://www.starwood.com/
Checking out the www2004 homepage, I find an address of where he's speaking right now: http://www.mapquest.com/...
(811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019)
Starwood.com hotel all right.
So, basically, after a little sleuthing I've found and confirmed the ID of Tim Berners Lee on irc. The creator of the web as we know it.
This is the kind of power the semantic web offers in indexing related content.
Sure he's a very public figure and has made no effort to conceal himself, but with a little luck and a little probing I found out this much about another chatter on IRC. Note from moderator: I've fixed the link text so it doesn't widen the page *drool*