Tagging and Why it Matters

6 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2005

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David Weinberger

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Date Written: May 2005


With tagging, the readers of a Web resource (typically a Web page or a photograph posted on a photo-posting site) can associate a word or phrase with that resource; the resource can then be found by searching for that tag. Tagging is catching on with early adopters. It is likely to go mainstream because it empowers readers, it is social and it has business benefits. As tagging becomes popular, it will face challenges, including increased ambiguity of tags and tag spam.

Keywords: tagging, classification, search, tags

Suggested Citation

Weinberger, David, Tagging and Why it Matters (May 2005). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2005-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=870594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.870594

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