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February 20, 2006

I’m not a librarian I just hang around them

Walt sites Elyssa Kroski's "The hive mind: Folksonomies and user-based tagging" at Infotangle in his overview article in this volume of Cites & Insights. Following are her takes on the strengths and weaknesses of the process. I totally concur as I have said previous I play around with folksonomies for prolurker but have never really adopted the practice because of a lack of precision and synonym control. Heck I forget what my tags are how can I expect you to remember? Besides categories are tags too you know.

Strengths: Folksonomies are inclusive. Folksonomies are current. Folksonomies offer discovery. Folksonomies are non-binary. Folksonomies are democratic and self-governing. Folksonomies follow "desire lines." Folksonomies offer insight into user behavior. Folksonomies engender community. Folksonomies offer a low cost alternative. Folksonomies offer usability. Resistance is futile.

Weaknesses: Folksonomies have no synonym control. Folksonomies have a lack of precision. Folksonomies lack hierarchy. Folksonomies have a "basic level" problem. Folksonomies have a lack of recall. Folksonomies are susceptible to "gaming."

Note: Edited on 2.20.2006 to reflect Walt's corrections per his comment.

Posted by prolurkr at February 20, 2006 08:22 AM

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Thanks for the mention--but those aren't my takes. They're the introductory sentences for sections within Elyssa Kroski's "The hive mind: Folksonomies and user-based tagging" at Infotangle ( She deserves all the credit here; I just quoted them as being good points.

Posted by: walt at February 20, 2006 11:19 AM

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