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January 4, 2005

Taggle: A proposed Google for Folksonomies

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Posted by Clay Shirky

Post at brianstorms about federated folksonomies a la del.icio.us and flickr, with an image-as-thought-experiment that sums up the idea neatly:

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1. Pito Salas on January 4, 2005 12:46 PM writes...

There has been so much traffic on this new meme "Folksonomies" that I haven't had time to catch up with all of it... But, just to point out that there are all kinds of meta data, some objective and some subjective, which could use the general idea of collaborative classification. For example within BlogBridge, a blog reader, we are building the ability for any user to identify the Country of origin of a certain feed. This is an objective fact, but not one that is easily ascertained. We want to use the knowledge of the community to find out this fact. The experiment is to let any user record what they think the right country is, and rely on the fact that this will be self-policing and that people will not be inclined to hack or vandalize this item of information. I think this is a useful generalization of the notion of folksonomies.

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2. Rich Sandford on January 6, 2005 7:31 AM writes...

from the brainstorms post:
"If Flickr, del.icio.us, and umpteen other sites cooperated, then an uber-tag-search service might just work . . ."

- surely the value of the data on these sites lies in the fact that it isn't the *sites* that decide on the tags, but the *users* of these sites? In other words, Taggle (or similar) would work if enough users found value in forming a consensual tagging behaviour and sticking to it across sites: the convention would have emerged rather than been imposed.

[and there are ways you can explore this already, for example, http://rich.headsnet.com/archives/2004/09/13/39/]

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