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Friday, July 28, 2006

why tags can be both good and bad

One of the best things about tags is that they give non-hierarchical control to users of a site, thereby allowing an organization with, say, two people, to effectively leverage the far greater power of a volunteer staff of hundreds or thousands of users, as those users engage with and enhance the site's content through the use of tags.

Sites like digg are a great example of this.

Of course, there's a downside. You're giving over a level of editorial control to basically any wacko who walks in off the, er, Internet.

Thanks in part to Ynnej's inability to just simply smile for a damn photo, and in part to the ability for any Consumating.com member to tag another member whatever they want, I am currently the only person on Consumating tagged ear_sex_guy.

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