Wikipedia and folksonomy

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Euan points to a post from Thomas Vander Wal about Folksonomy definition and Wikipedia, in which he talks about how his original definition of Folksonomy (which he clearly re-articulates in the post) has become fuzzy.

Just to pick up on one small point. Vander Wal says:

Quoting a Wiki entry without pointing to the revision* is like pointing to Time magazine without a date or issue number.

I’d say it was more like discussing a wine but not the vintage.

*Something I’m guilty of with wikipedia and wine and will bear in mind from now on!

Tagging tags tagging tags tagging tags

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In today’s Online section in the Guardian there’s a piece by Jim McClellan on the success of Flickr (a photo sharing and organising website). According to co-founder Caterina Fake, in less than a year its membership has already reached 245,000 and grows at a rate of 5-10% a week.

McClellan discusses the possibilities brought about by Flickr and other social software services on the web, many of which use folksonomies – people-generated tags or metadata – including the impact of and technorati amongst others. These sites help us to organise our own experience of the web as well as brining us together with other people around common themes and interests.

What I’ve been wondering is how sustainable these services are once they break in to the mainstream (if they haven’t already done so). I can’t help thinking each will reach a critical mass where there is too much tagged content to cope with to be useful beyond the personal and “closely” social.

In the same way blogs offer a valuable filter on the labyrinthine plethora of information on the internet (and the “blogosphere” itself), services such as and technorati offer a chance to put a filter on the filters.

What happens next? Is someone already inventing the filters’ filters’ filter?