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    How should the relationships between tags be defined, and by whom?

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    IT Conversations has an audio recording of Clay Shirky's entertaining and thought provoking presentation (update: text version here ) he gave at O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in March this year, 'Ontology is Overrated'. Chris May has a useful...
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    Solving Tag-Hell

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    Backup Brain recently highlighted one of the problems with the tagosphere - the 'which tag do I use' problem. I say 'one' of the problems, because there are at least three tagospheric problems that are creating a Tag-Hell: 1. When in content tagging...
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    Enterprise Tagging

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    Since posting the Del.icio.us Inside and Tagging behind-the-firewall posts, I've been pinged left right and center by a bunch of tagtastic people (both inside and outside Microsoft) regarding the topic of tagging within the enterprise / business context...
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    Moving my blog

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    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
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    Coping with Information Overload (video)

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    About four weeks ago I made my way over to ZDNet's studios in San Francisco to be interviewed by Mike Elgan for DevSource and discuss a number of topics close to my heart. The video (15-ish mins) is now published. Mike asked me about microformats ...
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    20 thoughts on Attention

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    I've been carrying a number of thoughts relating to Attention and rather trying to create a huge essay, I've decided just to offload these as a partially random list. Would be great to get your feedback, discussion, agreement and brutal rebutal. ...
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    Using Technorati and Tags 101 - Screencast

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    I got some good feedback on the screencast introducing RSS to beginners . So, I've created a new screencast showing the various ways I use Technorati and Tags. I cover searching keywords and urls, searching for, creating & embedding Tags into blog...
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    Del.icio.us Inside

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    At Seattle Mind Camp yesterday, Michael Blay Michael Blay , Geoff Froh and I ran a session on the topic of behind-the-firewall tagging. We kicked off by posing questions and letting a free flowing discussion kick off. It was great, lots of interest in...
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    Search results relevant to who I am

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    Dave Winer has a simple, but very good idea . "A very simple idea for improving Google search and getting rid of spam problems all in one swoop, and it's not the first time the idea has appeared here. Let me tell you where my weblog is. Then it...
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    Map Chat

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    Ajax blog : "If you really want to see a cool “Web 2.0" application, look no further than this sweet visual world / global chat system built by The Midnight Coders . It pretty much freaking rocks." Midnight Coders: "...demonstrates bi-directional...
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    2006 will be a tagtastic year

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    Greg Prosl pinged me about a video sports service he has just launched: BroadbandSports.com . The interesting part for me at least is the tagging side. I can tag the videos with any tag I like ( Del.icio.us -syle) and browse and search videos by tags...
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    47% of all blog posts are tagged

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    David Sifry provides more Technorati stats , this time with a little more info on the tagging front. Turns out tagging is really kicking off. The number of posts with tags or categories has grown past 100 million mark since Technorati began tracking...
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    Web 2.0: The Desktop / Web Mash-ups

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    Nick Bradbury thinks it is time for some minor revisions to Web 2.0, and posts Web 2.01 Release Notes . I'd like to highlight the points he makes regarding the web vs. desktop and share some further thoughts on this topic (below): " WEB...
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    Technorati tags (updated)

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    Time to try out the Technorati tags I think. Technorati:[Tags] Update 30 Jan 05: Like Tim Bray , I think there is something potentially really interesting about the tags concept (see David Sifry's overview). But I'm a bit confused. I get the concept,...
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    The middleman won't go away

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    Via Findory's personalized page , I came across this , which led me to this , which then led me to this and this post by Matt Terenzio , speculating on the future disappearance of infomediaries: "If I want to sell my bike, I expose a blog post with...
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    Tagback Self-referentialism

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    Bob DuCharme at O'Reilly on trackback alternative, Tagbacks: " Shelley Powers came up with an interesting alternative to trackback: "tagback," in which she creates a unique tag (in the folksonomy/flickr/del.icio.us/technorati sense of the term "tag,"...
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    Tag, Tags, Tagging, Categorization, Classification and Laziness

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    Clearly a classic post on the topic of tagging, but I've not seen it before: A cognitive analysis of tagging (or how the lower cognitive cost of tagging makes it popular) , by Rashmi Sinha : "The rapid growth of tagging in the last year is testament...
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    Attention podcast part 2, Joshua Porter and Alex Barnett

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    Here's the second of the two part Attention podcast Skype call I recorded with Joshua Porter : Part 2: .(mp3, 46mb, 48min) Part 1 notes ( .mp3, 43mb, 45min) We've already got some feedback to the first half/part of the podcast. In particular...
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    Enterprise tagging - off to the races...

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    TechCrunch outlines some of the features in a new product out there developed called ConnectBeam . It was just matter of time before someone ran with the Tagging behind the firewall idea. From the page describing ConnetBeam's benefits: Bookmark...
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    'In a surprise to absolutely no-one, Yahoo's bought Flickr'

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    I hear via Groovy Mother that Yahoo does actually acquire Flickr . "Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!! Yes! We can finally confirm that Yahoo has made a definitive agreement to acquire Flickr and us, Ludicorp. Smack the tattlers...
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    Folksonomy ≠Emergent Tags

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    David Weinberger has revisited the term ' folksonomy ' and realised it did not quite mean what he thought it meant. He thought it meant: "I had been thinking that a folksonomy is one way order emerges from such set of tags: Some are more popular...
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    Taglocity 1.0 for Outlook

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    I blogged about a tagging tool for Outlook 2003, Taglocity , when it went to beta earlier this year. Well, the team has released Taglocity 1.0 ! Congratulations to David and his team. Click here to watch the Taglocity screencast ' href="http...
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    my tag cloud

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    Here's my tag cloud, ripped from my Technorati profile page . API ... Attention ... attention.xml ... AttentionTrust ... Blogging ... identity ... microformats ... opml ... opmlfreak ... opmlwishlist ... RSS ... screencast ... semantic web ... SSE...
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    Tagging behind-the-firewall. Questions.

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    Stowe Boyd points (via David Weinberger ) to a discussion regarding the potential of tagging within companies . Tagging behind-the-firewall.... Questions - Who would tag their content? How (with what software) would they tag it? What's in it for the taggers...
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    you say 'potato', she says 'vegetable', I say 'ingredient'

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    Metadata is a funny thing. It is one of those topics (subjects?) that gets people to froth at the mouth from time to time. The reason it seems to wind people up so much (at least those in the business of making information navigable) is that we're all...
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