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Tagging and Social Bookmarking
A tag is a collaboratively generated, open-ended labeling system that enables Internet users to categorize content such as Web pages, online photographs, and Web links. Tagging lets you categorize information online
Social bookmarking is the use of a web-based site that stores your tags and the tags of people you know, so you can benefit from their bookmarks as well as your own.
Agree within a group to tag useful web resources with a shared tag; the group benefits from each member's searches.
Tag artifacts from an event (photos, wikis, blog posts) to collect all material generated at the event.
Follow the tags of thought leaders.
Why should you consider tagging?
"Many nonprofits professionals have to manage a lot of information on the web and share it with their co-workers or clients. In many smaller organizations, where there are not enough resources for a high-end knowledge management system, people end up using their browser favorites or forward links to one another via email. Unfortunately, these methods make sharing and managing information resources difficult.
(1) The folder structure of your favorites list is not always flexible enough to allow for easy cross referencing.
(2) Bookmarks can’t be accessed from different locations or computers.
(3) Links can get lost in email.
(4) Knowledge management is a solitary endeavor, not a social one.
Users use a web-based tagging tool to add tags to describe online items, such as images, videos, bookmarks or text. These tags are then shared and sometimes refined. For a more detailed definition of tags, see the
.Many social bookmarking services are available; those most often mentioned by members of the nonprofit technology community include:
Social bookmarking is the practice of saving bookmarks to a public web site and describing them with tags. You simply register with a social bookmarking site, typically a free service, which lets you store bookmarks, add tags of your choice, and designate your individual bookmarks as public or private. You can search for resources by keyword, person, or popularity and see the public bookmarks, tags, and classification schemes that users have created and saved.
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More Information/References/Related Resources:
7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking
published by Educause is an excellent introduction to social bookmarking
Beth Kanter's introduction to tagging and social bookmarking
including a video/screencast
13 Tips for Tagging from Tech Soup
A F2F exercise to demonstrate tagging
(Try to include the appropriate CCASS indicators. For a list of possible keywords, see
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