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  • Blog Post: Moving my blog

    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
  • Blog Post: Tag, Tags, Tagging, Categorization, Classification and Laziness

    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 to how easy and enjoyable people find the tagging...
  • Blog Post: Taglocity 1.0 for Outlook

    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://www.taglocity.com/" rel=lightbox> It's cool....
  • Blog Post: Enterprise tagging - off to the races...

    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, retrieve, and reference information useful for...
  • Blog Post: Coping with Information Overload (video)

    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 , tagging , information overload , OPML , attention...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Tagging

    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. I wanted to highlight for you two things I've...
  • Blog Post: Attention Clouds

    Here's an attention cloud for you. az . "The Intention Cloud is a web application supported by Perl and AJAX technologies that gathers and displays the queries performed on search engines by their users in an intuitive output using weighted lists, also known as tag clouds." Tags: attention tags...
  • Blog Post: More on 'the Del.icio.us Lesson'

    Joshua Porter, who coined the term 'the Del.icio.us Lesson', has gone to the trouble of further articulating the principle What Joshua did by inventing the term is to encapsulate the root cause of tagging's success and and other social network effects. I love it. Since his original post introducing the...
  • Blog Post: 47% of all blog posts are tagged

    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 tags in January of 2005: Nearly half (47%...
  • Blog Post: Del.icio.us Inside

    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 the topic. Dave Winer attended and described the...
  • Blog Post: Tagging behind-the-firewall. Questions.

    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? (the del.icio.us lesson )? What would the...
  • Blog Post: Tag-centric UI

    Matt McAlister has put together his first screencast showing some of the various tag-centric navigation systems he's found of interest. The examples he uses are good pointers to some of the emerging IA trends we'll see incorporated into more and more sites and services. Matt works at Yahoo's social...
  • Blog Post: The middleman won't go away

    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 the classified ad or auction details and sit back...
  • Blog Post: Help with Tag Hell

    James Corbett suggests Raw Sugar may help out with the Tag Hell I described a little while ago: "Raw Sugar is already on the case and providing both hierarchical tag clusters and tag similarity detection." I'm playing with now... - Tags: tags , tagging , folksonomies , tagdata , emergence...
  • Blog Post: Solving Tag-Hell

    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 mode which tag should I use for this post or...
  • Blog Post: Professional tag gardeners now a reality (for now)

    Earlier this month James Governor predicted that professional tag gardeners would emerge from the tagging eco-system. Today, Michael Arrington and Pete Cashmore (on Wednesday) report that p rofessional tag gardening prediction is now a reality . Michael asks: "Is this a gimick to generate...
  • Blog Post: Feedreader features wishlist

    If you: design, develop, test, architect, product manage, product plan or market: products or services that could be even loosely described as: feedreaders, RSS readers or aggregators and 'my' type services, then I recommend you read John Tropea's latest post - he's listed out a bunch of feature ideas...
  • Blog Post: Tagnautica

    Tagnautica is cute little UI for Flash Flickr tags. Uses Flashr - a Flickr API wrapper for Flash. Via information aesthetics . Tags: tags , Flickr , folksonomy , UI , Flash , API
  • Blog Post: Term extraction for tagclouds

    Duncan MacKenzie : "I was playing around with Yahoo's term extraction service, as a possible path to tagging (this is the same service used behind TagCloud.com , for example), and I created this C# class libary with a sample app written in Windows Forms." Code is available for download on...
  • Blog Post: 20 thoughts on Attention

    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. 20 thoughts on Attention Clickstream analysis...
  • Blog Post: My book tagloud

    My book tagloud at Library Thing . Tags: Web2.0 , tagcloud , tag
  • Blog Post: Tag Gardening

    Tag Gardening . James Governor has coined a phrase (or a tag) that I'm sure I'll see crop up again... "Like plants or animals, tags evolve in an emergent fashion, open to hybridisation. Stewardship can help grow and put roots down. Helping the darwinian process is tag gardening." I like it...
  • Blog Post: Search results relevant to who I am

    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 knows what my interests are. Give me search results...
  • Blog Post: Folksonomy ≠Emergent Tags

    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 than others. In fact (I'd thought), if you really...
  • Blog Post: my tag cloud

    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 ... structured blogging ... Syndication ... Tags ...
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