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Tags on delicious flickring Steroids: Taggregator

Last week it was Tags on Speed. That was then, this is now…

Richard S writes “More on Social tags” pointing to “taggregator” an experiment with allows you to provide one “tag” and it generates a side by side view of del.icoi.us and flickr results:

Someone built a thing I wanted to but didn’t — the taggregator. It’s ace — lets you compare what del.icio.us and flickr users have recorded under the same tag. Add “?tag=[yourtag]” to the URI to see the most recent posts from both under that tag.

I used the data from tenbyten to show what the taggregator thinks about the current most frequently-used word in the news: go here to be redirected.

This got me thinking a bit around social tagging and horizontal classification (or “folksonomies”, if your stomach is strong enough). When someone chooses to use a particular tag to describe a resource, that decision is typically made spontaneously, with little or no consideration behind it (this is more true of flickr than del.icio.us). The factors that influence this decision reflect what the resource being tagged means to the individual tagging it

It is easy to play, just take the URL http://oddiophile.com/taggregator/index.php?tag= and add after the “=” your desired tag, e.g.

Dog Tag
http://oddiophile.com/taggregator/index.php?tag=dog

Vegemite Tag
http://oddiophile.com/taggregator/index.php?tag=vegemite

Learning Object Tag
http://oddiophile.com/taggregator/index.php?tag=learningobject

Tag Tag
http://oddiophile.com/taggregator/index.php?tag=tag

I love the mix.

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Tags on Speed: 43 Things

Thanks to a tip from Alex I tuned into the now released version of 43 Things, which is addictive, intensive connected, and tagged inside out. I had peeked at the beta a few weeks back, but the released version is wild, social, and amazing. It is tags, tags, and tags on speed.

The premise is that you build goals for yourself, 43 Things to do in your life, and it connects you to people who have the same goal, or who have accomplished it (these are things done, that the accomplished can rate as well as write a blog like entry to describe).

You can add them as free form entry, by browsing other people’s goals by category and saying, “this is my goal too”, and by keyword searching. You can invite people to do the goal with you.

Okay, mine are not earth shattering and was more or less just playing and I may be the only one for a while with this goal.

They have certainly done their homework, taking cues from flickr and del.icio.us, and doing things like building in a function to publish to carious blog tools via their APIs, and providing RSS feeds.

So yes, it might be a personal development tools, it might be a unique way to study social behavior, it might be a place to create a persona, well, time will tell what it will be.

And wow, I have 32 more things to drum up…..

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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