My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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Technorati tags

Tags, tags, everywhere tags…. Technorati just launched Tags.

This system collects three types of tags: Flickr tags, del.icio.us tags and “category” tags on blog posts. (Unlike Flickr and del.icio.us only the author can tag blog posts.)

It’s definitely in early beta and there aren’t that many posts that are tagged. This is probably because most people don’t categorize (if their tool even lets them) and they didn’t include LJ/Xanga moods as tags. Herein is another reminder of differentiating similarities. Some of you may be looking for all blog posts on ‘blogging’ but some may want to find all entries marked as ‘giggly’… This would be super useful in the friends of friends context.

(Of course, i’m still terrible at categorizing my posts because it takes far too much work.)

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9 comments to Technorati tags

  • daniel

    I dont know if you remember microsoft smart tags, which had all these properties, but were also enhanceable through plug-ins.

    From an about.com website in 2001:

    These tags will interact with content providers, either directly or through knowledge bases.

    A Really Smart Tag ™ would recognize the personality of the user and present itself accordingly. Close-knit network communities like corporate intranets will benefit the most from future smart tagging.”

    It was abandoned since commerical interests were worried about external defacement of websites. Of course, nowdays we have blogging.

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  • Technorati tags

    There is a new great-cool-useful-wonderful-powerful tool from Technorati: Tags. Maybe you heard about it on some blogs that wrote about it. The Technorati tags are from Flickr, Del.icio.us and blog posts. You can contribute: – If your blog software sup…

  • Technorati tags

    There is a new great-cool-useful-wonderful-powerful tool from Technorati: Tags. Maybe you heard about it on some blogs that wrote about it. The Technorati tags are from Flickr, Del.icio.us and blog posts. You can contribute: – If your blog software sup…

  • Technorati tags

    There is a new great-cool-useful-wonderful-powerful tool from Technorati: Tags. Maybe you heard about it on some blogs that wrote about it. The Technorati tags are from Flickr, Del.icio.us and blog posts. You can contribute: – If your blog software sup…

  • Yeah, I’m experimenting a little bit and noticing that tag-searches in technorati lead to far too many post-less results.
    No idea how to solve that… it’d be pretty easy for TR could guess a set of keywords based on the content of a post, but that wouldn’t be a folksonomy anymore, and definitely a rather ugly workaround imho.

    As for the author-only categorization thing, I was thinking about that too in this past few hours… I plan to code a little hack for MovableType to let people add “tags” to my posts… it should be easy enough to do the same for wordpress. No idea for Radio.

    The idea of adding support for LJ’s moods is great, maybe even with a different ‘mood:’ based search…

  • Technorati goes the folksonomy way!

    Just a few days ago, Clay Shirky reported about taggle: A proposed Google for Folksonomies; the idea was to have a tool letting to search through all the stuff on the net (being it images, links, whatever) associated with a given tag. The article ended…

  • Re. “This is probably because most people don’t categorize (if their tool even lets them)…,” I am using Blogger and would like to categorize my entries. Any suggestions???

    If leaving Blogger is my best option, where would you suggest I go?

    Thanks very much!

  • Technorati Tags

    Looks like Technorati has jumped on the tagsonomy bandwagon. I thought that this would be an interesting application, its good to see that they pulled it off. (via Apophenia)…