March 2, 2005

News & Opinion: Tagging: A Tutorial

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:07 PM – Filed under: The Company

[if you are familiar with tagging, skip to the next post]

There is a new phenonomen growing in the blog space called tagging. The idea is pretty simple. Various websites let you store information (i.e. hyperlinks, photographs, etc.) and with each piece of information, you can attach words (or tags) that describe the information.

Let me give you an example. I have some photos stored on Flickr, a photo sharing site. This photo is a picture of me and Ethan at my friend's wedding in France. If you look to the left of the photo, you will see the tags I have chosen to describe this picture - Ethan, Todd, wedding, and France. I have done that with all of my photos on Flickr.

With tags attached to the information, you can start to do all sorts of interesting things. Here are the tags for all of the photos I have on Flickr. You can click on any one of tags to see the matching photos. The size of the font indicates how often the tag is used. If you use RSS, you can also subscribe to feeds based on the tags. So, if you were one of Ethan's grandparents, you could subscribe to an RSS feed and get notified when new photos of Ethan are posted on Flickr.

Make sense? In my next post, I am going to talk why this is important to business books.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.