Monday, August 08, 2005
Matthew Hurst On Tags
Here are a couple of quotes from Matt's post on the Trouble with Tags.
"First of all, tags on text are not metadeta. You can not legislate metadata by a syntactic construct. In other words, tags are just words. It is only when tags become references to a new system of symbols with a clear relationship to object data that they can be called metadata."
He goes on to say...
"When I look at my referrer log, I can see which tags bring more traffic. With a simple utilitarian model of a blog author, how do you think I would react to that knowledge?"
Can you say spam? That was one of the first problems I had with tags from day 1. They're so easily manipulated and don't provide the type of value everyone wants us to think they do. Sure, combine them with social networking and you get some level of filtering but my friends working on radio towers could tag a post with the term scale [climbing up a building] while my friends at Google could tag a post with scale and they're referring to the ability of a web site or application to handle lots of requests.
Keep and eye on Matt's blog, he's smart and gives great insight on stuff that matters in the world of data analysis.
By Jason Dowdell at 09:29 AM | Comments (0)