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Ed Batista

Hi Beth,
Something to think about is the way attention services will impact tagging. These services will allow us to mine our implicit gestures (visiting a site, clicking on a link, scrolling down through an entire page, returning to that page in the future, etc.) for information about what we're interested, what we're paying attention to, in a much richer way than explicit gestures like tags. It's not an either/or situation--tags will certainly continue to be valuable. But people who hate tagging will have an easier alternative. Hope all's well!
Ed

Marshall Kirkpatrick

To be honest, there's such a chaotic ocean of information out there that the best approach may be for such folks to get a Newsmaster on their team (Robin Good's term http://netsquared.org/robingood1 ) that tags only the best items into a single feed, email or site.

Tag intersection may help this type of person as well. Don't just look up http://del.icio.us/tag/blogging if what you really want is http://del.icio.us/tags/blogging+disaster2.0 That point of intersection is still developing, though, as the tagosphere is in its infancy and del.icio.us just recently fixed support for tag intersection.

Other possibilities may be the developement of some way to monitor thresholds in the tagosphere - ala, give me a feed of items tagged nptech by 3 or more people, or tagged 5 times with any terms.

Beth

Marshall:

Thanks for this. I'm trying to envision the first suggestion -- it might be something that .orgs haven't thought of paying for or may be resistent to paying for. Would it make sense to educate some of the subject matter experts within the organization on how to do some simple RSS newsmastering techniques? I'm sure you have some posts on this - can you point me?

Your third suggestions - is there a technical way to do that any technical idiot or RSS retard like me could master?

Nancy White

I think Marshall hit on what I'm noticing. Everyone doesn't have to tag, just a useful subset. The larger group benefits. Goes back to that old roles thing. If we all did the same thing, it wouldn't work. The ecosystem needs different behaviors/creatures to fill different niches.

joitske

reposting from the netsquared comment (because it got lost once :):

I think that's an immensely important observation, that tagging may work better for people who are of a global thinker learning styles, as compared to linear (will check the description).

In my organisation we have an experiment with a unique tag for an event in delicious. For some colleagues it seems irritating, and out of control. It looks like extra work as well (which may be the extra effort to understand it and discomfort as well). We have now decided to have a list of categories that we use to tag. I think this may help people to get a grip on what they are doing. The emergent 'folksonomy' will then come from the additional tags.

My main question is on quality: how do you garantee the quality of the resources, or do you go for a rapid flow? Or does it depend on the reason you are using your unique tag and for whom?

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