The latest from Alex: a fascinating piece for the Toronto Star on tagging, and its growing significance for the way we live and work online:
As tagging grows, web experts are recognizing the challenge that its unique combination of information and community poses to traditional ways of thinking about information management.
“We’ve tried over and over again to have experts build taxonomies to tell us how information should be organized,” says Dave Weinberger, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society who has been an early tag-vocate. “With tags we have people who use information telling us how it should be organized. And it turns out that there is a lot of wisdom.”