Thursday, June 21, 2007

Social Tagging: del.icio.us and flickr.com

Start at: http://www.lib.umich.edu/lib20/tagging_notes.html -- here are definitions of the terms used in this workshop, including "tag", "tag cloud", etc.

Purpose: introduction to tagging in a library context through http://Flickr.com/ and http://del.icio.us/.

28% of internet users have at some point tagged a document. Also called crowd-sourcing -- an outsourcing of the cataloging of items on the web to the users of the system. We can't catalog everything.

Activity: go to http://www.lib.umich.edu/tmp/tag1/ -- we're all going to "tag" this photo. Use words to describe it.

Question: can you tag with a phrase? Convention: this_is_a_tag. ThisIsATag (called camelcase - ha!).

Results of activity: the tag cloud showed that many people DID use some of the cataloger's descriptions: black_and_white, portrait... (link coming) What does this mean? Especially for things like images, catalog records may not be descriptive enough -- what will people remember about an image? How will they use that memory to find it? They'll remember it's a woman smoking in black and white -- with the traditional cataloging record, it would be impossible to find. With tags, you could find it.

Fun: http://www.espgame.com/ -- tagging with other people as a game. ALso apparently in google...

When tagging, think about how other people might try to find it. Tags like "favorite" don't really work for helping people find things.

del.icio.us
Thinking about how you organize your links in an Internet browser -- maybe one long list, or you spend time dividing them up into folders. WIth del.icio.us, you TAG your bookmarks. Finding it becomes easier, can be tagged multiple times. Can find things you tag THIS and THAT - for example, if I wanted to find everything in Suzanne's del.icio.us tags, I could go to her del.icio.us page, I could click on her tag "mlibrary2" and then click on "del.icio.us" -- it's like doing mlibrary2 AND del.icio.us.

For librarians: you can have an "interesting websites" page that pulls your del.icio.us bookmarks tagged with a specific tag. For example, if you have a del.icio.us account, and your tag things "comm_studies" -- every time you tag something new with the "comm_studies" tag, it will automatically update your webpage. SWEET. Seriously. This is called using a FEED from del.icio.us. Making a feed: Settings --> Link Rolls --> Follow onscreen instructions.

Make it easy: install browser buttons! Then, when you're on a web page, click on the button, and it's added to your del.icio.us account.

Adding notes: very useful, especially if you're sharing your tags with others thorugh del.icio.us, or feeding your tags into your blog or another website.

Are the buttons security risk? No. Just as much a security risk if you log in, then walk away without logging out of e-mail.

You can do group accounts! Very good for collaborative link library building.

flickr.com
photograph collection. how does it compare with other photo sites? It's more interactive, more communal than others. Lots of sharing with others.

can use flickr.com as a hosting site.

The group: MLibrary 2.0 Flickr Group

Winnepeg Tour of the Library - sequential.

Really cool: the New Bookshelf.

In Flickr.com under explore, try "world map".

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Thanks for live blogging the workshop! And thanks for not making fun of my spazzy presenation style.

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