I’m ensconced in the Phoenix Airport (again, love the free wifi, thanks y’all!) waiting for the Southwest cattle call for the flight to San Antonio, where later this week is the NMC Regional Conference. The theme is “New Challenges … New Ideas” with tracks on The Future of Scholarship, Bringing Virtual 3-D Worlds to Reality, and Embracing the New Web.
Speaking of the latter, we are setting out again a request for flickr photos, blogposts, and del.icio.us bookmarks related to this conference be tagged with the “official” tag (I made it official) of nmc2006reg. We did this tagging last summer for the conference in Cleveland with fair results. Follow the tag this conference page for highlights from this week’s fete. There’s not much now- I had no photos of San Antonio, so hodgepodged some other photos from Texas or one of a cowboy hat.
I’d be curious sometime to look more at the amount of tagging that really goes on. I am convinced it is from a relatively small number of individuals (but bless them for being tag-nostic). For example, I looked at our flickr tags from the NMC summer conference, where I see 345 photos tagged by 13 individuals… maybe 3.8% of the total participating at the conference (abut 300). At the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Dallas this year, there were 721 flickr photos tagged educause2006, from 19 individuals, maybe 0.29% of the total at the conference (6667 attendees).
I’m not comparing the tagging rate per conference, but realizing that… very few people tag. You have to be rather anal or committed or a folksonomy addict or … I am not convinced that tagging is anywhere close to a tipping point.
So consider this a dare, a request, a plea… for those coming to San Antonio, to become tag-anautics.
Tag! You’re not it? Why?