Tagging taking over

February 1, 2007

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the use of tagging is growing fast among US web users. The December 2006 survey has found that 28% of internet users have tagged or categorized content online such as photos, news stories or blog posts. On a typical day online, 7% of internet users say they tag or categorize online content.

Tagging has always had this perception that it’s a step towards a semantic (read more intelligent) way to traverse the web, but in reality it is proving a common sense approach to cutting and dicing information to make it easier to manage/find. Although it does have it’s detractors who say tagging is too simple, I’m of the opinion that it’s an incredibly useful tool when used correctly. Roll on the day when all content management systems come with a built in folksonomy function!

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