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Author Tags vs. Reader Tags?

A very simple distinction between tagging systems is based on who creates the tags. Author tags, created by the same person who created the content, can be seen in places like Technorati where blog posts are aggregated along with their tags. Reader tags, on the other hand, are created by anyone else and so might be closer to annotation systems. You can see reader tags on sites like delicious that allow anyone to tag any document . Interestingly, systems like flickr combine both into one mix, allowing both author and (some) readers to add tags.

It’s been saidthat tags created by readers are better as information consumers, through numbers and a different point of view, see things in the content that the author may have missed or does not see at all. This means that data becomes easier to find and more connections are created between different pieces of information, improving associative browsing. But at the same time, reader tags generate more noise (for many reasons) thereby making it harder to find good information.

A comparison between two such systems, say Technorati and delicious, would be very interesting as it would allow us to quantify those differences, see how readers and authors differ in their tagging behavior and how much more information do reader tags actually add to the system. Any takers?


Filed under: General

JetEye Launched!

I’ve been working with this small start-up in downtown SF for the last month or so and we’ve just launched our beta. The site is called JetEye and what it offers is a new way to search, collect and share digital information. Using packages (called JetPaks) you can collect links, images, notes and other JetPaks, add tags and share information with the rest of the world.

JetPaks are collections of resources that offer more flexibility than a single bookmark but are more structured than a Web page. A JetPak can contain many related resources of different types, expanding the bookmark concept, but can still be quickly scanned and digested unlike a blog post or a Web page. As information stores, JetPaks contains just the right amount of data to be useful without becoming cluttered and unwieldy.

Vannevar Bush talked about sharing associative trails of information; JetPaks allow you to do just that – as you search, collect the links in a JetPak, annotate them or add select quotes and images. Attach this JetPak to your research notes when you’re done so that, sometime in the future, you or anyone else can recreate the trail of thought you followed on the way to a your final conclusion.

JetPaks allow us to re-index the web. By collecting related resources into coherent packages we’re creating a new type of folksonomy, one that can better capture our own associations. Delicious and flickr let you browse the associative space of related tags, bookmarks and images as defined by whatever algorithms they designed. By allowing you to create packages of information, JetEye lets you create your own associative space based on your own connections. Every JetPak is a statement by a person, saying these items are all related to each other, they are interesting and they are even more interesting when viewed together in a single context.

You can use JetPaks to track distributed conversations, publish research notes, share specific information on any topic or even as a presentation aid. Taken as a whole JetPaks create a fascinating view of the web, re-indexed, re-contextualized and re-mixed by users. I can’t wait to see what people make of this.

Filed under: Search, Tagging, The Net

Stone-Age Mobile Internet?

Three (A European mobile provider) is a “new type of company” that is “challenging the existing market and its practices.” Apparently they do that by limiting customer’s access and overcharging for branded Internet services, Al Iguana writes:

“…My wonder-phone has a flaw. a serious flaw. because I’m on Three. I can’t access the internet. They’ve blocked it. No blog clients. No RSS readers. No Wap. All I can do is visit Three’s website. A Pay website. Want to read the news? Each item costs 50p. The weather? 50p.”

Sounds strangely like AOL back in the late 90’s and even they (eventually) realized that there’s more to this Internet thing than their own lame offerings. I guess some marketoids never learn…

via Zengestrom.com

Filed under: General

Supr.c.ilio.us Updates…

Now with RSS! Although you can’t really see it just by looking at the site (yet) we’ve added RSS support to supr.c.ilio.us. Try http://supr.c.ilio.us/?format=rss for a feed of the latest social tagging sites tagged or http://supr.c.ilio.us/tag/foo?format=rss for the latest tagging sites tagged with “foo.”

Update: We have achieved Alpha! No longer pre. Many bug fixes, touch ups to the tag cloud, link to your own site list, and friendly URLS:
http://supr.c.ilio.us/user/limbo or in RSS: http://supr.c.ilio.us/user/limbo?format=rss
http://supr.c.ilio.us/tag/social in RSS
http://supr.c.ilio.us/user/limbo/tag/social and you guessed it

More buzzword compliance soon.

Filed under: Projects

Bar Camp

I don’t know about this “foo camp” thing but Bar Camp has a bar (right?) and I’m going.

What: Bar Camp -An open source version of Foo Camp

When: 8/19/2005 7pm

Ends: 8/21/2005 2pm

Where: SocialText headquarters
665 High St.
Palo Alto, CA

Filed under: General, The Net

Text Tags

My friend Assaf writes about Textags:

Textags are simple textual markups that use the first word in a line to indicate the meaning of what follows. They make it incredibly easy to create posts with rich data: events, people, tags.

Textags are plain text, they work in your browser, your e-mail, you can SMS them or write them on a piece of paper. But on the Web they acquire special formatting that software (search engines, browsers) can understand.

It seems like a pretty cool way to create microcontent and it works pretty well. In fact, the tags on this post were created using the tag Textag!

Tags: microformats, microcontent, tagging, textags

Filed under: General

Downtime, Hell and Updates.

Finally! I’m back up on a new host at a an actual hosting facility after my last server suffered a horrible horrible death. Please pardon the repeating RSS entries if they show up 🙂

A couple of updates:

  1. I started working. An actual job-type job. I’m still trying to get used to it (it aint easy after 3 years of slack :). Expect to hear more about this soon enough.
  2. We (Ryan and me) have launched supr.c.ilio.us, it’s the world’s first social social tagging tagging site! The site is almost at alpha level so expect to hear more about this as well.

I’ve been pretty busy lately what with working, school coming up and getting ready for that big event in the desert but I do have some pent up bloggage so I’ll get posting soon. For now check out these photos of the big announcement and a screen shot of our oh-so-very-alpha tag cloud.

Filed under: General, Projects, Tagging