A Few Ideas Connected by the Tag "Folksonomy"
Nude Cybot, in an email in which he promises to emerge soon, presumably to be exceptionally cold, mentions that folksonomies have hit Wired News. The Wired article points out that there are more “cat” (16,297) tagged images than “dog” (14,041) in Flickr. But the conclusion they draw from this, “If the photo-sharing site Flickr is any indication, the world of digital photographers is dominated by cat people” is very dependent on the search. Puppy (2145) beats kitten (1912). As I discuss in Economics of Taxonomies, the cost of easy classification can be difficulty in searching. Deciding which tags are close enough to kitten to be included in the count is subjective. (Flickr suggests “Related: cat, cats, cute” and that you “See also:
kitty, animal, kittens, pet, animals, pets, black, sleeping, sleep, bw, white”
This relates closely to the idea of Keynes’ Beauty Contests, where your goal was not really to decide which was the most beautiful woman out of a set of photos published by
Flickr the newspaper, but to select the one picked by the most other people. This might indicate that those skilled at groupthink will do well in a folksonomy-centric world.
A different way to state that, which would get far fewer nods, because the ideas are more rare, would be to say that those with different orientations may well be disadvantaged by their need to spend energy observing the mainstream, unless they use those analysis to guide their decisions and actions to take advantage of the orientation differences. In this way, those Microsofties with Ipods [link to http://www.emergentchaos.com/archives/000878.html no longer works] could be doing their company a great service.
[Prior posts include “Folksonomies, Tested“, and “Economics of Taxonomies“.]