Tags, Tags, Tags
In this short article I am going to take a walk though the world of tags. This article is first and foremost for my friends, In the nicest possible way I am fed up of being asked what the tags on jkg3 and flickr do. This article should explain.
Tags as keywords.
At the basic level, a tag, is a lot like a keyword. Itâ€™s a word or phrase which helps to sum up the content to which it has been attached. This is most the obvious explanation of a tag and what most people will think of. People are use to using keywords in google for searching and this metaphor transfers quite well. By adding a tag to something (be it a photo, blog post or video) you are indicating that the tag is connected in some way to that item. You are also creating a connection between that item and others like it.
Tags as connections.
The connection between items which share a tag is something most people donâ€™t even know they are creating. When you apply a tag you are linking that media or content to others which share that tag. These connections can simultaneously be local and global. These connections can lead to a new way of navigating the web.
Tags for navigation?
Microformatsâ€¦ Microformats… Microformats. That doesnâ€™t mean a whole lot to most. To be honest I donâ€™t think it should. So, I hear you asking how does this â€œMicroformatsâ€? this relate to tags. Well, â€œMicroformatsâ€? provide a means of creating a standard tag standard.
This standard, coupled with the links I described earlier create a whole new way of browsing the web. For example, starting from this page using extensions like operator or tails you can use the tags I attach to articles to find out more. A good example is â€œstreetwars07â€? if you use operator (a firefox extension) and then look under tagspace you will find a link to flickr which will show you all the photos from the drag racing day. This was not a link I created myself. All I did was place the â€œtagâ€? out there an encorage others on the day to do the same.
So, with all that said, I hope you all have a better understanding of what I means by tags, and why I think they are so important.