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Tagging

„28% of Online Americans Have Used the Internet to Tag Content“, heißt die Schlagzeile eines aktuellen Reports des Pew Internet and American Life Projects. Der Report stellt kurz den Untersuchungsgegenstand vor („Tagging is the process of creating labels for online content.“), kann aber am durchschnittlichen Tagger nichts Auffälliges feststellen: „Taggers look like classic early adopters of technology.“ Deshalb muss David Weinberger („Small Pieces Loosely Joined“) abschließend kurz auf die Bühne:

Q: What’s the future of tagging?
Weinberger: Because it’s useful when there’s lots of information and the information is truly meaningful to individuals, it’ll be adopted more and more widely. But we’re also going to invent new ways to harvest tagging. Flickr, for example, is already able to cluster photographs by subject with impressive accuracy just by analyzing their tags, so that photos of Gerald Ford are separated from photos of Ford Motor cars. We’ll also undoubtedly figure out how to intersect tags with social networks, so that the tags created by people we know and respect have more “weight” when we search for tagged items. In fact, by analyzing how various social groups use tags, we can do better at understanding how seemingly different worldviews map to one another.“

Lee Rainie, PEW Internet & American Life Project, 31 Januar 2007 (pdf)
[Kategorien: Web 2.0, Social Software]