|An interesting development on the web is the growth of sites that let people attach "tags" to a piece of shared content, marking it as something they care about and adding their own spin or categorization to it. For example, del.icio.us is a shared bookmark site people can use to keep their bookmarks on the web. You bookmark sites by adding your tags to it, for example identifying a site as a "shopping" site or a "hobby" site or whatever is meaningful to you (such as "Kim's Birthday") |
Now the neat thing is that these annotations are shared: I can see how others have tagged a site, search for sites that have been given a specific tag by anyone, or follow the tags a particular person is using. Flickr, a site for sharing photos, has a similar notion of tags to categorize and find images. Tagging becomes a way to share information, find information, and discover people with similar interests. Several of my fellow researchers in the IBM Research Collaborative User Experience group--based in the Lotus building here in Cambridge--are exploring ways similar tagging mechanisms can enhance collaboration within organizations..
Tagging the World (no, not graffiti!)
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