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Strategies for tagging content

17 Feb 2009

Tagging has become the preferred way of organizing digital content through keywords. Sites like Flickr and Delicious have pushed the adoption. Michael Dominic K. offers some thoughts on how make tags useful when actually trying to find that item again.

There is a creational difference between tagging for content and tagging for context. In the first case (tagging for content) we’re applying the tag to name (describe) something already existing in the tagged object. Ie. a person, following the photo example I’ve given earlier. When tagging for context, we’re adding new information to the target.