So, what're the plus points of tagging?
- Categorise resources in the way you want to categorise resources
- No favorites folders! The same bit of information can have lots of different 'tags', no need to try to shoehorn it into one folder.
- They help you search and retrieve resources easily
- Those tags are shareable and subscribable... which means you can share what you find and keep track of what others find too
- Agree on a unique tag for a project / subject area and you can track all materials for that project
Using something like Friendfeed or NetVibes you can quickly add in the various RSS feeds for your tag of choice and... bingo... all resources in one place, no matter where they came from or who originated them. If you're using Twitter, just use a unique hashtag and you're away. Unique tags are also great for following what happens at conferences and can help create a vibrant backchannel for live comment and discussion. Have a look at the CommonCraft intro to Twitter Search for more detail... it's sure to fire off some ideas on how to use this stuff!
I also thought it would be handy to quickly jot down some of the main ways of I use tags:
- Aggregating resources for my own use
- Aggregating resources (from a variety of sources) for projects
- Pooling resources for a team (for example in the Educational Development Unit at NTU, we use the tag NTUEDU on Delicious to pool any elearning-related links we find)
- Creating a backchannel for an event using a unique tag
- Subscribing to specific tags to follow what's happening in that field
PS Am I very sad for my tag-love?! :o)