How does tagging make for more accurate searches ?

About: Burningbird ? Web 2.0 and Hamster Wheels

source: above
When Yahoo bought Del.icio.us, I read comments here and there to the effect that this is going to change search dynamics and the old algorithmic approaches will soon give way to new tagging ones. Yet the statistics don't support this. Delicious has, what, 300,000 users? Out of how many billions of web users? The number of people who tag?which is really what the Del.icio.us tech is all about, tagging and storage?compared to those who don't is so skewed as to make tagging a non-starter.

(Not to mention that no one has effectively explained how tagging is going to make for more accurate searches.)
I think the solution to "getting more accurate searches"  is emerging, not solely as  imporved search algorityms; but rather as a learned behavior together with the supporting technology.  

I have started collecting some examples of bad tagging in the room tagging failures

... more later, this is work in progress.

Tags

  1. burningbird
  2. ~study
  3. folksonomy
  4. web2.0
  5. tagging failures

Comments


Seth says
... hense it is the "job" of technology to make a human behavior easy to learn.

Seth says
Also I note (after reading 2301 ) that real progress comes from technology + learned behavior.  Technology alone is not sufficient, and frequently a behavior will not happen if it is too hard to learn.  


Mark de LA says
seth 2005-12-19 12:32:56 2297
Mark 2005-12-19 12:24:59 2297
before you tag something you have to find it first(;-))
You're forgetting the other end of the tagging transaction where a person finds a thing because it was tagged.
This is pretty much a chicken & egg problem

Seth says
source: mark on this item
This is pretty much a chicken & egg problem
Tis true, and brings to mind how many evolutionary problems are solved by solving the chicken and the egg problem.   Think  about how the eye evolved .

Mark de LA says
"Bush Lied" is a meme & mantra that the left has been propagating for a long time, I guess you finally got sucked in!

Mark de LA says
seth 2005-12-20 08:27:38 2297
Think  about how the eye evolved .
I'm not sure what you are suggesting with the above, but a chicken omelette is fine for me!

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