In the middle of nowhere, so silent you can only hear the blood flowing through your ears. Good job a car is nearby or I’d be in trouble.
Hi, my name is Alan, and I am a compulsive del.icio.us tagger.
Just for some idle curiosity, I looked for my first tags- my home there said I was on “page 1 of 133”, so doing some quick math, with 25 links per view (usually I set it at 100, but I recently cleaned cookies), I got at something over 3300 web sites tagged.
So I dug back to the first screen by forcing the URL http://del.icio.us/cogdog?page=133, where in fact, it told me I had 3316.
My first site was tagged October 6, 2004, roughly 1125 days ago. So my tag rate has been 2.7 sites tpd (tagged per day).
For more trivia the oldest three sites where:
And the whole crowd thing suggests folksonomy works based on the collective activity of lots of other taggers.
I’ve spent effort that last few years building resource collections and trying to get people to tag conference stuff. I’ve pushed it heavily to tag content, examples, seeds for our NMC Horizon Project with a good number of things tagged in 2007. And we put out public requests this year for anyone to funnel web content to this year’s process as well via our horizon tag.
I know there are lots of folks who are good at getting groups of people tagging, like Beth Kanter’s NpTech tag.
But I am most curious about what sorts of percentages are optimal, or even what one can expect, for active tagging towards a project? It’s one thing for a class, where students may be tagging for ppoints, but volunteer tagging, IMHO, has been rather frustrating in that I feel I end up doing about 90% of the tagging.
I’m even loathe to blog this, as now some of my colleagues will be tagging perhaps by guilt, but even among the technology oriented folks on this year’s Horizon Project, the tag flow has been, well lonely.
So my bottom line rant is- although a lot of people, among the net population, are taggers, it is still a rather out on the long tail activity, and regular tagging is not… to me, very widely practiced.
Am I wrong? I’m sure there are exceptions. Does it matter? Would we want a lot of tag noise via many hands on the tagging pool? What is optimal? What is realistic?
So I’m still tagging my 2.7 sites per day, but often, it is pretty damned lonely.
The post "Lonely Tagger" was originally cracked open and scrambled from a rotten egg at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2007/12/lonely-tagger/) on December 2, 2007.