Tag Archives: folksonomy

Dawning of the Age of Neology

We seem to be living in an age where anyone has the ability to invent words on the fly, adding all sorts of new vocabulary to the English language as needed. This is especially true on the web, where we make up words at a dizzying pace, dozens per day, to the point that it [...]

folksonomy, and people’s classification management 101

I think I was reading something about keywords, or tagging, when i first came across the term folksonomy. It looked familiar to me, like i had learned about it in school or something. I have an anthropology degree from back in the day, and terms like these were always being thrown around. Yet when i tried to construct a definition of folksonomy, i found that i only had a vague idea of what it was all about. So naturally, the next step was to look it up on wikipedia.

The first line went something like this: “Folksonomy is a neologism for a practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords.”

Not a good start. I’m thinking, “great. now i have to look up neologism”. So i did (but i won’t get into it here).