Social Bookmarking, Tags and Folksonomies: An introduction
‘Social bookmarking’ is the name given to the family of technologies which began to appear a couple of years back to allow you to share your favourite internet sites with others and to ‘tag’ them with sets of keywords known as a ‘folksonomies’.
The precursor of social bookmarking was plain old ‘Internet Favourites/Bookmarks’ which allowed you to store lists of URLs to be retrieved later.
However there were many limitations in traditional bookmarks/favourites including :
- they were tied to a specific computer
- they could not easily be shared with others for mutual benefit
- they ended up as huge lists which were difficult to navigate
- their classification was hierarchical and 1-dimensional
With social bookmarking you can also build up a community around a unique group of Tags known collectively as a ‘folksonomy’.
Social bookmarking makes it less important to know where the information is stored as long as you know how to retrieve it.
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