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August 22, 2007

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MarkWiseman

This is very interesting, thanks.
Searching by tags can be very difficult because we all describe things in different ways. The converse is, if you are keywording or tagging an article, how do you know which of a family of tags, searchers will use?
It struck a chord with me because, in medicine, there are real problems coding a diagnosis to a hospital visit or admission for later analysis. If there is discrepancy in the coding used, results of any health analysis have limited validity. Of course in health a huge beaurocratic hammer tries to enforce a national system, at great cost.
Thank goodness the beaurocracy cannot get to much influence over blogging tags. The evolution of tags and tagging is going to be fascinating. If any of your readers want to be a world expert at something, you have shown them a field ripe for exploration.

Bill Ives

Mark

Thanks for your comment. Picking tags is a challenge as you try to get inside the head of the reader you want to reach. You also do not want to have too many tags. This post was an exception because of the content. Bill

Markus Merz

(Kind of manual trackback. Do comments count?)

Lengthy comment from me over at Pito Salas.


"I don’t get the sense of Bills article. Google is doing a full text index and Technorati tag search is a search for the microformat rel=tag. Googles index has absolutely nothing to do with tagging. ..."

bill Ives

Markus - Thanks for your comment. You are absolutely right that differenrt methoids are employed by Google and Technorati. However, people turn to both to look at what is happening on the web. I found it interesting when the different methods returned similar results (in scale) and when they were quite different. I do not imply they are the same, just different ways of lookign at the web. Bill

Markus Merz

@Bill: Somehow the link to my comment in Pitos blog got lost. Clicking on my name in THIS comment should beam interested readers there.

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