Tagging: What’s next?

I know a lot of people who are very much into tagging–folks who kindly label all their blog posts, tag their photos, tag their video streams, you name it. That makes it super easy when I want to go and looks for tags like Shanghai or eTech.
BUT, how useful is tagging as a personal organizing tool?
Peachy Blog has a post talking about how he finds link retrieval in del.icio.us, a popular tagging tool, “just a bit painful,” and says he’d rather look at his tags as a set of social bookmarks (ie my links compared to yours) or a link whitelist (nice term-what does it mean?)
David says, “I’d like some way of filtering pagerank based searches from Google or Yahoo by a set of such trusted links,” and I think that is a great idea–but I wonder about two things:
1. How well will tagging work as an organizing and information retrieval method when there are millions of tags?–That’s where having additional filters, such as identity, trust or cohort group becomes relevant–becomes needed.
2. How can developers move tagging into a wider market? I describe tagging to non-geek friends and they are interested, but these folks aren’t blogging, don’t use tag-friendly photo services and are a world away, still–how can the tools bring them closer?

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  1. David says:

    Hi Susan – appreciate the comments.
    “Link whitelist” just means a set of links from sources you trust. It’s the opposite of a blacklist.

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