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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Further Thoughts On -"Do Tags Matter?"

We recently wrote on the topic, "Do Tags Matter" raised by Tim Bray wherein we covered,"There are clear benefits to the tag approach, as this either enforces or encourages voluntary efforts providing linkages between content generation process and category and nature of content. Tag is one way to rationalize information in the blogosphere. Conventional search have seasoned technologies - as technology and implementation are having their birth pangs. Tags propose unique value propositions and can be of immense value when used judiciously". For instance popularity rating mechanisms can be altered with tags. Technorati recently launched associated tags - we wrote therein, Technorati should publish details and explain the generation and revisions of related. This is like creating the taxanomy structure- so have got to be done very carefully and also we may need to bring different categories of association. One approach could be to create a wiki of related tags. A comparative analysis between technorati and full blown search engines show the quality of results to be far more relevant on technology related topics.
Clay Shirky shares his perspective on the topic :
- First, tags keep found things found. Search is about finding things, tags (in the del.icio.us mode) are about keeping them. And adds he stopped remembering things when the internets came along, and started remembering pointers to things instead. While this could be added to search directly, of course, but
a) one’d still do it using tags and
b) one’d miss all the places URLs come from when they don’t come from search, like IM, mail, and plain old clicking around. Search centers around the supplier. Tags center around the user, and as such has good adoption characteristics.
- Second, tags add ‘people’ and ‘time’ as cross-cutting elements. del.icio.us provides a measure of social velocity of ideas.
- Third, a look at the top tags on del.icio.us reveals several that could not work as part of a search.
The key element,is that demand is different than supply, retrieving is different than searching, and keeping is different than finding. Tags are demand-side tools allow us to do things that supply-side tools don’t.

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