tag and be tagged
A while ago I admitted being slightly bemused by the current Tagging fad floating round the Internet. A classic case of “can’t see the forest for the trees”: the wider question of “why” gets a good explanation under the following Wikipedia article: Folksonomy.
I started seeing links to pages on my site from del.icio.us, but visiting that site didn’t shed much light on what was actually happening. The answer is actually fairly simple in concept: it’s a “social bookmarks manager”; when someone creates a del.icio.us entry they are creating a bookmark, like you can do in your browser, but extended to be (a) public, and (b) tagged with your choice of keyword.
For example, I have several pages on this site relating to the Akai MPC1000 hardware sequencer/sampler, which I own, so I added a link to my main mpc1000 page on del.icio.us with the “mpc1000” tag. Others are free to do the same, and you can see the results at http://del.icio.us/tag/mpc1000 – a page generated “on-the-fly” from their database. The URI format is sensible – just replace the “mpc1000” tag with any other to bring up the relevant page. You can also get a RSS feed to add to your newsreader,
Since the “folksonomy” is ad-hoc and arbritrary, there is a lot of misplaced tagging, but the major tags are generally agreed on. Since I’m learning the Japanese language, can I pick out a del.icio.us page without searching, just by editing the URI? Let’s try a few:
- http://del.icio.us/tag/japaneselanguage – didn’t think so;
- http://del.icio.us/tag/japanese – not bad at all;
- http://del.icio.us/tag/nihongo – surprisingly useful.
Make too many queries in a short period, and they don’t like it – you get banned for 30 minutes!
Other strange referers I’ve seen include some sites that appear to “wrap” this site for some reason – I have no idea what a legitimate use for this might be. Examples include ime.st and httpme.com. I’m not going to link to them; my banner blocker goes into overtime on ime.st, and the one that got through was some soft porn commercial. Bloody bottomfeeders.