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March 7, 2005

News & Opinion: Tagging: How everyone can join in

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 10:52 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture


So I have been doing all the cheerleading about tagging. I wanted to write a final post with the way anyone can gather interesting content and share it with other using tags.

Del.icio.us is a website that lets users save hyperlinks. It is exactly like saving a bookmark in your browser. The difference (and this is a key difference) is your links are stored on the del.icio.us server. With all of these bookmarks stored in a common location, you can do all sorts of cool things.

Here is a screenshot of my del.icio.us account:

Each of my saved links has a title. The information below the title is the interesting stuff. First, you can see the tags I used with the link. Next is the date I saved the link. Finally, you can see if there are other people who have saved the same link. Again, there are alot of cool features to del.icio.us, but I want to concentrate on the tagging aspect.

Every time someone saves a link with a tag, del.icio.us keeps track of that. To see all the links saved under a given tag, you can type http://del.icio.us/tag/[tag name]. Let's look at the businessbooks tag page:

Here you can see all the del.icio.us links that have the businessbooks tag. At this point, there are six unique links. You can monitor this page to see new links that are added. You can also add the RSS feed if you use an aggregator.

Let me know if you have any questions.

I hope we can use this as a way to pull more business book content together.