Tagging on the Web versus Tagging on the Desktop

Tagging is so powerful a tool that it cannot continue to just remain on certain web sites we visit. Most of us know that tagging can be very helpful in finding related information or content (such as all photos of a place). Tagging also gives different perspectives of the content/information pile, such as what is relatively more popular, which topics have more content, what else should I look at, etc. I love tagging for its very flexible, no-rules kind of approach to information classification.

The same tagging mechanism could be very powerful when implemented on the desktop, although you may be the sole creator and user for the tags. Tagging desktop content (particularly your fast growing personal media collection) will be very useful for recalling items at a later point of time, when all you can remember about the item is some associations (maybe you put them as tags). You may not remember the file name, or title or location on disk of the item that you want to recall.

On the desktop, Popular tags will have a different meaning. Instead of indicating how many people tagged a particular item with ‘this tag’, it would be how many items have been tagged with ‘this tag’.

We implemented tagging in Dekoh and soon realized that the power of tagging can only be realized when

  1. It is made extremely easy to tag.
  2. A powerful implementation of the Tag Cloud is provided.
  3. Tools for tag management are available.

Read more details on how Dekoh tagging achieves these. BTW the Dekoh tag widget is open source. You can see live demo and download from www.dekoh.org

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