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Marshall's Web Tool Blog

Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

This site is an archive of posts that I hope you will find useful. Please visit my new site at Marshallk.com.

Great Interview on Tagging

"Using tags like folders is like drawing Venn diagrams with no overlapping circles -- possible, but so destructive of the value of the system as to make the effort pointless." -Clay Shirky

That little pearl of wisdom and many others can be found in a great interview about tagging over at AdamNation.org. Shirky even discusses the nptech tag and says...

Group tagging is the next big frontier, or one of them. This work will include, of course, spam defenses like "Only show me things tagged 'design' by people I know, or people they know." As we know from years of bitter experience, it's impossible to create a source of group-created value with low barriers to entry without also inviting system gaming.
All around a very interesting interview. The rest of the site seems less interesting to me personally. And it's run by the creator of a hosted blog system that comes across as condescending, not to mention that the proprietary tag-based markup language for determining the layout of your blogs elements sounds worse than wiki-code! I really appreciated the interview here though.

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