So, as it’s become more “mainstream” (I’m sooo cool for liking it before it cool. Yay me.), what are some of the practices people have been using, or seen people using? By “practices,” I mean a things like:
- Do you use the plural or singular? For example, would you use “friend” or “friends“? I try to always use the plural, figuring I’m not just tagging one instance of a friend, but all instances of my friends.
- How generalized do you get? For example, if I find a link about XP, obviously, I’ll tag it with “xp.” But, I’ll also tag it with “agile,” the sort of “conceptual parent” of XP. I wouldn’t however, tag it with something even more general like “software.” How ’bout you?
- On places like flickr, how do you feel about tagging other people’s photos? I didn’t realize this ’till Robert and I were hunting down some privacy settings for his photos, but by default, your friends and family can add tags to your flickr photos. They can’t delete other people’s tags though. I’d be happy for people to add tags to my photos, but I’m not sure how other people would feel about it.
- If you’re tagging a bookmark to a story
about the Symantec-Veritas merge, would you use both “symantic” and “veritas,” or just one or the other? (I used just “symantic“). An all too easy answer to this one would be, “if you want to be able to look up the bookmark by searching for/using veritas, you’d add veritas.” Yeah. As my dad would say, “no shit, Sherlock.”
- How strict are you about how “close” a tag is to describing the thing being tagged. For example, I have a real strong urge (that I act on sometimes) to categorize anything about XML syndication as “rss,” whether it’s about ATOM or “true” RSS. You might call this “The Xerox Problem.” I’ve thought I should use something more general like “feeds,” but I don’t.
- When, if ever, do you use abbreviations for tags? For example, instead of “philosophy,” I always use “phl.”
- When do you “let yourself” not tag something?
I’m sure I could come up with more. That’s a question in itself for everyone as well, what questions, ideas, “open issues,” and thoughts do you have about tagging