Social Tagging – What to Think?

There’s been a lot of discussion in the Blogosphere talking up social tagging / social bookmarking / folksonomies. I’m deeply interested in this conversation, as I think that user-generated information organization (as opposed to author-generated or thirdparty-generated information organization) has a lot of power behind it. Take the buzz around del.icio.us and flickr as an example of this excitement.

Or is this all hype without any true foundation?

I don’t know what to think – yet. I am still reading and learning more.

But I think at great first start in learning more about this subject is this academic paper by Adam Mathes at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His conclusion, though, reads, “A folksonomy represents the simultaneously some of the best and worst in the organization of information.”

No wonder I’m having a tough time forming my own opinion. I’ll keep digging and thinking.

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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