“ Tags are great because you throw caution to the wind, forget about whittling down everything into a distinct set of categories and instead let folks loose categorizing their own stuff on their own terms." - Matt Haughey - MetaFilter
“ It’s MySpace meets YouTube meets Wikipedia meets Google – on steroids.”
“ It’s ignorance meets egotism meets bad taste meets mob rule – on steroids.” – The Cult of the Amateur – Andrew Keen
“ Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,… The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate conviction.” - The Second Coming – W.B. Yeats
Wikipedia: A folksonomy is an Internet-based information retrieval methodology consisting of collaboratively generated, open-ended labels that categorize content such as Web pages, online photographs, and Web links.
A folksonomy is most notably contrasted from a taxonomy – done by users, not professionals,
Example sites – Del.icio.us and Flickr (not really – no feedback)
“ We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.”
From witch hunts to tulipomania to stock market crash
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
Tyranny of the majority
Popularity drowns quality
Narrowing of choices, lost content
Belief that hierarchy, taxonomy not needed
Will Social Networking make better Folksonomies?
Not so far – example of Del.icio.us – same tags
Quality and Popularity are very different things
Most people don’t tag, don’t re-tag
Study – folksonomies follow NISO guidelines – nouns, etc – but do they actually work – see analysis (hint – no)
Most tags deal with computers and are created by people that love to do this stuff – not regular users and infrequent users – Beware true believers!
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