22 August, 2005

Tagging -The Hindu:
THE euphoria of quickly unearthing loads of information by using search engines is often watered down by the problem of plenty. If only the contents were organised in neatly-labelled piles, tracking and discovering things digital may no longer be a grind. This is where `Tagging' helps.

Tagging has taken off on a few Web sites such as Flickr, Furl, del.icio.us, and Rojo. Even while storing the addresses of Web pages of interest, and ensuring they can be revisited subsequently from any computer or browser, the ever-increasing member-base of these Web sites is voluntarily classifying and categorising diverse pieces of content. In doing so, these members add descriptive tags to their bookmarked pages to swiftly rummage through the heap of bookmarks and zero in on their favourites the next time. More importantly, these tags are visible to the other members and help all of them swoop down on content they may never have found on their own.

What sets tagging apart from the search keywords or metadata that Web sites have long embedded is its social facet. In understanding and categorising something for yourself, you are also benefiting hundreds and thousands of other users. More than depending on computer search algorithms, tagging unveils the larger benefits of collective human wisdom.

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