Comments: Tagging at Technorati, Flickr and Del.icio.us

Here you have a collection of content items, each with tags that have been defined using an unconstrained vocabulary and that have been applied in an inconsistent manner, which is indexed to recognize the tags.

If you're interested in browsing a large collection of "stuff" without any particular objective in mind, it can indeed be interesting.

However, if you're searching for a specific concept, you'd probably be much better off using simple full-text indexing (ignoring the tags, or at the very least, diminishing their significance in the search).

Posted by Terry Steichen at January 15, 2005 12:26 PM

Regarding the spamming issue—this is surely another reason we need to solve the persistent digital identity problem.

Some provisional thoughts (draft form): http://www.i-together.net/weaverluke/2004/12/exploring-apparent-polarities-in.html

Posted by weaverluke at January 17, 2005 02:16 AM

Scott Rosenberg has an interesting (and cautious) perspective on this here: http://blogs.salon.com/0000014/2005/01/17.html#a810

Posted by Terry Steichen at January 17, 2005 01:26 PM