What is folksonomy?

Folksonomy is the result of personal free tagging of information and objects. The tagging is done in a social enviroment. The value in this external tagging is derived from people using their own vocabulary and adding explicit meaning, which may come from inferred understanding of the information/object as well. It refers to the collaborative but unsophisticated way in which information is being catorized on the web.

How does it work?

Folksonomy works by tagging. It tags pictures or pages that you want to remember later. Web sites like Flickr and del.ico.us provide central places where you can tag and then post it so that other people can tag onto what you posted.

Why would anyone want to do this?

People who want to share a set of interesting links for free with other people.

Who uses it?

Folksonomies are user-generated and therefore inexpensive to implement, advocates of folksonomy believe that it provides a useful low-cost alternative to more traditional, institutionality supported taxonomies or controlled vocabularies. An employeed-generated folksonomy could be seen as a "emergent enterprise taxonomy". Some folkonomy advocates believe that it is useful in facilitating workplace democracy and the distribution of management tasks among people actually doing the work.

When was the term invented?

It was invented in 2003 by combining the words folks and taxonomy.

Where are some websites that are examples?

  • Flickr this is a place where you can find photos. People upload photos and tag them with what they related to which lets you find the photos you're interested in easily. You can comment on the photos and set up an account to upload yours. Fickr also can be posted to from your cell phone camera
  • del.icio.us - A social bookmarks manager, using bookmarklets, you can add bookmarks to your list and categorize them.
  • Furl - Frame Uniform Resource Locator, works like a weblog and can be used for searching purposes.
  • 24eyes - 24eyes is a highly customized RSS Dashboard and social network service
  • TagCloud searches any number of RSS feeds you specify, extract keywords from that and list them. Clicking on the tags will display a list of all the articles that are associated with that keyword. TagCloud allows you to create and manage clouds with your content you are interested in, and lets you publish them on your website.
  • Feedmarker Feedmarker is a free, web-based RSS/Atom aggregator with bookmarks and tagging. Feedmarker lets you bookmark items from the Web and read RSS and Atom feeds. It also lets you organize all your stuff using an open tagging system. You can also use the FM bookmarklets to add feeds and marks.
  • NewsGator The leading RSS aggregation platform company. NewsGator offers products and services that retrieve RSS feeds, organizes them, and then serves them up to individuals and companies who subscribe to them. Subscribers have the ability to customize the delivery interval, destination device and presentation for these feeds, based on their personal preferences.
  • freesound aims to create a database of recordings, samples, etc. Freesound allows users to browse the sounds, upload and download sounds to and from the database, and interact with other sound-artists.
  • CiteULike a social bookmarking service for academics. It specializes in academics and has the necessary tools for that purpose. Users can post academic articles and organize libraries with special keywords producing a folksonomy of academic interests.
  • Zniff uses human information and normal internet users to find and rank web pages. This is a type of search engine.