This is an excerpt froman article I linked to on ITL today. Among other things within the field of WEB 2.0 technology, the article discusses the use of tags. I would like to discuss this with you? Are you a user of tags and how can tags be useful to us in our pedagogical life?
This is what the article says: The traditional way of organising information is hierarchical into groups and sub groups, structured into sources, whereas the tag way, "drawing on the wisdom of the crowd" or "folksonomy", consists of wirds that users attach to content according to their own needs.
From the article
"A historian photographs the Waterloo battlefield, uploads the result to Flickr or 23, and adds keywords meaningful to her: Napoleon, Wellington, Blucher, 1815. A literature scholar creates similar images but tags them according to his interests: Thackeray, Hugo, Clarke."
"Why does this matter, and why do such projects not degenerate into multisubjective chaos? First, users actually use tags. Folksonomic services fill up with tags rapidly enough to make information professionals take notice. Second, Web 2.0 services tend to provide tools for helping users with their folksonomies. Tags can be arranged into concept maps called “tag clouds,” which allow revisualization of the way one considers one’s work.5 The social bookmarking innovator del.icio.us automatically reminds users of previously deployed tags, suggests some tags, and notes tags used by others. Third, people tend to tag socially. That is, they learn from other taggers and respond to other, published groups of tags, or “tagsets.”6 There are of course limitations to folksonomies, including the difficulty in scaling up tags from several to many users and the problem of quickly grasping contextual shifts between tagsets. But the rapid adoption and growth of folksonomies is noteworthy" (Bryan Alexander 2006: Educause review, vol 41 no.2: 32-44)
I would like to know whether you pay attention to tags when you are blogging or when you are using Wikispaces?