July 27, 2005

How Tags Happened at Technorati -- Pesky Historical Addendum Edition

Derek Powazek has a nice article up, called How Tags Happened at Technorati.

I noticed it doesn't mention two external factors that, as far as I recall from speaking with Dave Sifry back in February, contributed to Technorati's race to get tag support added to the service.

First external factor was Adam Mathes' seminal article Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata which appeared and was quickly and widely talked about in the blogosphere all right around the end of December 2004.

I read the article and on January 2, 2005 posted a little ditty in this blog, called Taggle, which turned out to be one of the highest-traffic-generating posts I've ever made in the history of this blog.

Dave had told me that these two external factors helped highten the sense of urgency for Technorati to support tag search.

And now, as Paul Harvey might say, you know the rest of the story.

At least until someone comes along and corrects it further :-)

Posted by brian at July 27, 2005 01:56 PM


Yes, that's right. Your idea and Adam's article helped to clarify and focus us in getting tags out the door.



Posted by: David Sifry at July 27, 2005 03:10 PM

Yup! My story was from just my perspective. There were definitely a lot of thinking that all converged around tags from different starting points.

Posted by: Derek Powazek at July 27, 2005 04:51 PM

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