Folksonomy Serendipity

“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:

Comments (4)

  1. Mind-Web: II

    The intense interest in tagging reached a new level last week with the news of Technorati Tags (Flickr del.icio.us blogs). It’s been well noted that the reception has been very positive (’Overall, Technorati tags are going down rather

    Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 13:45 #
  2. Burningbird wrote::

    Cheap Eats at the Semantic Web Café

    It’s a rare event when several seemingly disparate items of interest all come together to form a compelling, coalescent whole. This event happened for me the past few weeks; an experience formed of discussions about digital identity and laws of same, …

    Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 12:42 #
  3. regarding your point – “tagging links instead of just pages”, isn’t del.icio.us doing something similar? Although, it is not searcheable like the way we do in Google.

    Incidentally, a few months ago, I had a post (http://satchit-haridas.net/2004/10/google-and-delicious.html)on my blog about the possibility of Google teaming with del.icio.us. Ofcourse, it doesn’t have to the same two participants. But the idea is that a search engine like Google has a huge corpus of meta-data available about URLs (in the form of del.icio.us database), which are what search engines like Google retrieve anyways. Thanks.

    Friday, February 4, 2005 at 10:39 #
  4. Folksonomy’s Problems and Solutions

    Folksonomy is the classification of content by its users for its users.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 11:49 #