Utter freedom via tagging and social constructs???

Taxonomy goodbye, Folksonomy hello! The difference between the two is usually explained with variations around the word ‘formality’.

Taxonomies imply standards of information for the purpose of searching, retrieving … essentially the science of classification; very boring! Folksonomy is similar but has only one standard, open-ended categorization. Here is an example that might clear things up.

Assume, for a moment, that Taxonomy is as form with structured fields, lines and many “If you selected yes above…” directions. In contrast, Folksonomy would be a blank piece of paper. On this paper you can right down words that you see fit. What you end up doing is tagging and categorizing without being restricted. Since “great minds” think alike, people of your “greatness” would be lead to your information rather effectively.

Ok! That might no have been as clear as expect, but the best way to learn is by doing… try http://www.flickr.com/ and http://www.brainpath.net/.


4 Responses to Utter freedom via tagging and social constructs???

  1. Mark Thompson says:

    Fourth paragraph on your homepage, is it supposed to read, “Ok! That might ‘no’ have been as clear…” Did you mean “Ok! That might ‘NOT” have been as clear…? This stuff is interesting, I look forward to reading more.

  2. of course like your web-site but you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to inform the reality on the other hand I will certainly come back again.

  3. Natalie says:

    First off I would like to say great blog!
    I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!

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