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Episode #3 Followup Discussion on Users as Information Architects: Is Tagging Right for Your Site?, Part 1

August 10, 2006  ·  29 minutes

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Josh Porter and Jared Spool discuss many of the questions we received during Josh's Users as Information Architects: Is Tagging Right for Your Site? Virtual Seminar.

Show Notes

On July 27th, Josh gave a rockin' UIE Virtual Seminar session, Users as Information Architects: Is Tagging Right for Your Site?. Dozens of people tuned into the broadcast. The evaluation survey attendees filled out told us they really enjoyed the session.

However, the survey also told us we didn't do a good job of answering everyone's questions. We knew this. As people were listening, they were sending us a ton of questions. Josh and Christine did a good job answering as many as time permitted, but, according to the survey, it wasn't enough.

So, in the spirit of learning about people's requirements as we go, Josh and I sat down yesterday and recorded a podcast where we discussed many of the unanswered questions. We've broken the recording into two half-hour segments, to make listening a little more digestible.

Among the questions Josh and I discuss:

  • What is the difference between a category, a tag, and a keyword?
  • How many people participating do you need to bootstrap your tagging process?
  • Do tagging systems work for intranets?
  • Is a tag cloud a necessary component?