Tag formats: Can’t we all just get along? 05 Dec 2005
58 comments Latest by Richard Smallwood
First, there was tagging with spaces between keywords and all seemed good:
Tagging at del.icio.us.
But there are some problems with this method. What about compound phrases? What if I want to tag something “white house” instead of with the separate tags “white” and “house” (which changes the meaning) or “whitehouse”/”white+house” (unintuitive)? Enter comma delimited tagging.
Tagging at 43things.
Tagging at Yahoo’s My Web.
And then there’s Flickr’s version which offers tagging that’s space delimited but allows for compound phrases within quotes.
Tagging at Flickr.
Now Amazon joins the fray and adds some Ajax freshness to the process: One tag per textbox with suggested phrases appearing as you start typing. Here’s a look:
Tagging at Amazon.
When you’ve got a new technology, inconsistency is to be expected. Will all these different formats still be around a year from now or will a standard emerge?