Tagging vs Dewey Decimal…

April 8, 2007 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Just a quick follow-up to the recent post on Tag Drafting.  I’m not sure who sent this to me…ironically it was not tagged content at the time and I printed the article to be read later as I often do…but if it was you, thanks…I finally got to it in my “to read” pile.  I thought I’d share this short, but recommended read put out by the Pew Internet & American Life project: 

The article:  28% of Online Americans have used the internet to Tag content.

This article includes an interview of Cluetrain Manifesto co-author David Weinberger with a good high level overview of how tagging works, the demographics of “taggers,” and why tagging matters.  I particularly liked the contrast to the Dewey Decimal system as a way of coming to terms with the movement from hierarchical / centralized classifications to community / decentralized folksonomies.

Hope you like the read too.

David has a new book coming in May:  Everything is Miscellaneous…I’ll likely pick it up for the “to read” pile.

Sean

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