The Promise of Folksonomies, Real or hype?

Adam Churchill

February 25th, 2010

When folksonomies showed up almost 10 years ago, they promised to make information on our sites easier to use. After all, if users apply their own tags to every piece of content, everything will be easier to find, right? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Our favorite taxonomy and category expert, Stephanie Lemieux, has spent the last few years integrating folksonomies into several large-scale web sites. In our next UIE Virtual Seminar—Tagging with Folksonomies in a Taxonomy World—she’ll share her experiences, showing us what works and what to avoid, when you integrate folksonomies into your taxonomy and category design process.

Implementing tagging won’t replace your site’s taxonomy. Instead, a well-integrated folksonomy can create a synergy that makes a site’s vast content more findable. Stephanie will walk you through several proven implementation strategies for public-facing web sites, behind-the-firewall enterprise systems, and intranets.

Did you miss the webinar on Taxonomy that Stephanie did with Seth Early in 2009? Register for our next webinar with the promotion code BRAINSPARKS, and we’ll send you the link to that recording.

How do you classify your information? When your users have added their tags, what challenges did that create for you? We’d love to hear what you’ve learned and what questions you still have.

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