Friday, September 5, 2008

Impress Your Professor: I'm Not Dead Yet

In the August/September ASIST Bulletin, Gene Smith gives a brief overview of the supposed death of tagging. Smith, who will soon be releasing a book on tagging, says that, despite the rumors, tagging is alive and well.

Smith argues that the free-wheeling explosion that was the birth of tagging, has given way to a more controlled growth. There is now structure and a process that seems to have developed around the folksonomy. Tagging isn't dead, it's evolving.

Another sign that tagging is still around... all the programs that manipulate it. If you haven't had a chance to check out Wordle, I highly suggest you do. This nifty little program creates a tag cloud that can be easily manipulated.

The tag cloud for this blog looks something like this:

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