Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Tags link

Stemming tags, and one website to the tune of another "So, what are you seeing in this movie? It's nothing more than a bit of DHTML trickery that imports a subset of functionality into an existing website...I like the immediate feedback that you can get from adding a tag to a programme. Decide that 'cello' is relevant, and within seconds you see a bunch of other cello programmes. It's common for content management systems to demand 'metadata' or 'keywords' of you when you file content, but rare that there's an easy way to get a feel for what value you've added by doing so...This was my first real attempt to wrangle the XMLHTTPRequest system, and it was a satisfying one. I did learn one or two things, including some problems with asynchronous and synchronous modes of operation."

Folksonomies Tap People Power "Dog owners would probably object. But because of Flickr's tagging system, which allows the photographers or other users to assign identifying tags to most photos on the service, we know that Flickr hosts 23,081 images tagged with "cat" or "cats" and only 17,463 with "dog" or "dogs.""

"Rubel also said he'd like to see services like Google add tags as a way to bring more user-specific context to search results. As it is, he explained, search-engine results differ from tag searches in that they are not based on user-created content.

"One of the things that's nice to see is that people are actually spending time tagging and doing it in a social environment, and following the power curve and the net effect," said Vander Wal. "The more people getting involved with it, the greater the value.""

More on Technorati tags "By allowing people to add format metadata, tags give bloggers the power to describe aspects of their posts that would not be accurately reflected by keywords selected from the content."
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