January 02, 2005


I love all the analysis going on about the tags in flickr and del.icio.us. Here's one article that's particularly interesting, about "folksonomies."

I wonder . . . if more and more services in 2005 add user-generated tagging, will "federated tagging" be far behind? And if someone were to index all the tags from these various sites.... would the result be Taggle? Imagine: a service where you type in a keyword, and you get back all the hits that have that word as a tag. If Flickr, del.icio.us, and umpteen other sites cooperated, then an uber-tag-search service might just work . . .

Posted by brian at January 2, 2005 07:48 PM


I must say that would be awesome--find a lot of media/info about a specific topic.

Posted by: Andy King at January 2, 2005 08:40 PM

Nice idea. Here's my try:

If someone would let me know about more tag-enabled sites I'll add them...

Posted by: Philipp Lenssen at January 3, 2005 03:15 AM

Here's a variation that I'd love to have: One browser based app that would be a "personal tag wrangler"(TM). I'd love to be able to browse my tags across Flickr, Gmail, Delicio.us, etc. So, I'd have my one list of tags and the tool would find me all my stuff that I tagged.

Posted by: Jim Cuene at January 3, 2005 06:06 AM

43Things.com is another new tag source to be added into the mix.

Posted by: kellan at January 3, 2005 06:21 AM

The major problem I see with a tag search would be spam/cheating. People could just put a popular search term as a tag for whatever and boom, results.

Posted by: Bryan at January 3, 2005 06:39 AM

Couldn't the meta HTML tag be used for this, using the keywords name? Or would only certain services with tags be included to avoid spamming?

Posted by: George Hotelling at January 3, 2005 07:02 AM

It's pretty easy to aggregate content with a certain tag from both delicious and flickr, such as this "taggregator:"


Change the word "music" in the url to something else to get a different tag. This only gives you the most recent items with this tag however, not necessarily the most relevant.

Posted by: oddiophile at January 3, 2005 11:48 AM

Blogdigger provides searching for tag metadata. We combine metadata from all the feeds we index and index the tags with the subject: prefix. We also list the tags with each search result returned on any search. As an example, here's a search for the tag 'tags' http://blogdigger.com/search.jsp?q=subject%3Atags&sortby=date

Posted by: Greg Gershman at January 3, 2005 09:41 PM

I'm working on an RSS aggregator that uses user-generated tagging (or folksonomies, or whatever you want to call it). It allows for multiple-word tagging, private a public feeds, and even bookmarks.


Posted by: Bruno at January 4, 2005 07:08 AM

Do you know http://www.taggle.org/ ?

Posted by: thick at January 4, 2005 07:20 AM

Yeah I checked all the taggle.* domains before posting the note. I don't know the person who runs taqgle.org, no.

Posted by: Brian Dear at January 4, 2005 07:33 AM

Now on Slashdot : Folksonomies In Del.icio.us and Flickr


Posted by: Ian at January 4, 2005 08:55 AM

The abuse of (meta)tags is the reason all the large search engines like Google & Yahoo don't considder meta tags anymore when ranking pages. So why would it be different with these tags ?

Posted by: Bart N. at January 4, 2005 01:55 PM

Well, limit who can add tags, perhaps. Only trusted users tagging Flickr photos, for instance. Or use reputation. Keeping the spammers from ruining things ought to be possible one way or another.

Posted by: Brian Dear at January 5, 2005 11:34 AM

I certainly would like such a search engine. 2005 is going to be the year of the tag.

Posted by: Geodog at January 12, 2005 10:58 AM

Do you know http://www.taggle.org/ ?

Posted by: Smith at January 13, 2005 05:12 AM

Isn't this what RDF and the semantic web offer? It seems to me it is, at least as far as tagging your own site goes. But aggregating all the tags that other people apply to your site . . . interesting notion.

Posted by: Roger at January 14, 2005 01:49 PM

Do it! It will be an important step toward the goal of karass discovery!

Posted by: The Red Actor at January 16, 2005 10:41 AM

I can't believe no one's mentioned the new http://www.technorati.com/tag/

Posted by: Ted Ernst at January 19, 2005 08:02 PM

Yep, that and Taggregator . . . great minds think alike, etc. :-)

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