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Tagging – for Bookmarking Favorites

June 8, 2006

Tagging is an essential tool for anyone who wants to find interesting Websites again sometime in the future. In a previous post, I explained tagging, using extensive quotes from Ellyssa Kroski’s post, The Hive Mind: Folksonomies and User-Based Tagging at InfoTangle. It’s still an excellent starting point for understanding the significance of tagging. However, sometimes “quick and dirty” howto’s are all someone wants to know. With that in mind, here’s a link to –
Thirteen Tips for Effective Tagging, an excellent post on the “how’s” of tagging with For example:

Below are some tips for choosing tags on from Web Consultant Alexandra Samuel.

Be a lemming. Check how other people are tagging the kinds of sites you want to remember. Linkbacks makes this very easy. Bear in mind that different people will bookmark the same site for different reasons: I might bookmark Terminus 1525 as a great example of a Drupal site, while you are saving it as a link to young Canadian artists.
Follow the herd. When in doubt, pick the tag that seems to have the most links — this is the leading tag of the options you’re considering, so hopefully will emerge as the dominant focal point (so you don’t have to check “open-source,” “opensource,” and “open_source” to keep on top of the big world of open source).

I recommend the whole post, and suggest you bookmark it using ;->


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