Followup Discussion on Users as Information Architects: Is Tagging Right for Your Site?, Part 1

Jared Spool

August 10th, 2006


On July 27th, Josh gave a rockin’ UIE Virtual Seminar session, Users as Information Architects: Is Tagging Right for Your Site?. Dozens of people tuned into the broadcast. The evaluation survey attendees filled out told us they really enjoyed the session.

However, the survey also told us we didn’t do a good job of answering everyone’s questions. We knew this. As people were listening, they were sending us a ton of questions. Josh and Christine did a good job answering as many as time permitted, but, according to the survey, it wasn’t enough.

So, in the spirit of learning about people’s requirements as we go, Josh and I sat down yesterday and recorded a podcast where we discussed many of the unanswered questions. We’ve broken the recording into two half-hour segments, to make listening a little more digestible.

Among the questions Josh and I discuss:

  • What is the difference between a category, a tag, and a keyword?
  • How many people participating do you need to bootstrap your tagging process?
  • Do tagging systems work for intranets?
  • Is a tag cloud a necessary component?

Listen to Part 1 of the Followup Discussion to Users as Information Architects: Is Tagging Right for Your Site? (25.8 mb)

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5 Responses to “Followup Discussion on Users as Information Architects: Is Tagging Right for Your Site?, Part 1”

  1. Thomas Link Says:

    Sorry for my previous internal comment by “namics intenal login” šŸ˜‰
    You will not be able to follow the link…

    Tagging is a highly interesting topic – and I also investigated recently on this. With some similar results.

    Regards, Thomas

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  3. Sim Says:

    Users add tags while professionals add keywords.
    Then should I add keywords to my blog’s posts and label them as keywords ?
    The word keyword is more meaningfull but tagging is a big trend – I’m undecided.

  4. Who tags ? WebDsign, a answer to malicious tagging ? Says:

    Thanks a lot for your explanations. I thought it might be useful to have a look at Makarevitch’s proposal for a identification platform for the Web (who tags? Do I trust the author? etc.)
    It is on
    Muriel (Paris)

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