“Folksonomy” is one of the hot buzzwords on the ‘net. Despite the buzz, it’s still a cool thing :-). Folksonomy refers to social tagging, where users on del.icio.us, Flickr or Socialtext categorize individual links, pictures or wiki pages with “tags.”
When enough people start tagging things, it’s easy to aggregate those judgements into useful categories, some startlingly good guess about which categories are related, etc. — which ends up making the information space in question much easier to navigate.
Technorati has released a tag search feature; when your software generates an internal tag or category link, it can mark that link with rel=”tag” to tell Technorati that it’s a tag link. Technorati can then aggregate tag links, and use them to let you search a variety of sources of tags.
This is really cool, and should help folksonomy evolve. I also wonder when we’ll start tagging links instead of just pages; that would enable Google-like link aggregation of tags. I also look forward to seeing tags better syndicated in something like Easy News Topics (ENT), and tools for publishing an individual’s complete tag set/folksonomy and ways to map that to other folksonomies or taxonomies.
Some other posts about folksonomy and Technorati’s new feature:
- Technorati Takes Tags Global, Ross Mayfield
- The tagging revolution continues…, David Weinberger/JOHO
- Technorati Tags in Movable Type, John’s Jottings
- Folksonomies – Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata, Adam Mathes