Debrief Tagging Exercise

May 23rd


1. Just Three Words About Tagging


fun
easy
useful
interesting
helpful
clarifying
thought provoking
enjoyable
powerful
connected
potential
helpful
share
feedback from others
frustrating
potentially useful


2. Reflections: Why Useful


Fun
It is easy and after bookmarking a few tags, got even easier
The experience of seeing other resources or tags that you hadn't thought about
You feel connected to other people in your circle via the tag
Tagging makes it easy to share
Tagging makes resources discoverable
Enjoying reading other people's bookmarks, living vicariously through other's tags

Useful
My own bookmarks in my favorite's list was getting messy and I haven't used them
I could actually find stuff in del.icio.us -
Added benefit of being able to go to any computer and find my resources
The mobility is great, much better than slips of paper
Got more useful after playing with the del.icio.us bundling feature (able to regroup in categories)
The bundling feature helped me clarify my thoughts

Some are careful others come back and clean up
People use a combination of careful tagging while in the moment of discovery, others don't and circle back to do clean up.
Intention is important - when intentionally researching a topic, more careful about selecting tag words and annotations like using index cards in the library to take notes
Knowing that other people might be reading the tag stream, either colleagues or others, more careful about annotation
Use it as part of the blogging publishing process - capture something I want to write about or put on linkblog. The act of publishing tagged resources make the tagger more careful

Tag maintenance tasks are important
Tag maintenance is needed, particularly merging tags or search and replace
The bundling feature is important to learn how to use if you don't want to deal with a long list of tags
It takes time to do maintenance

In the moment of tagging
Look at how other people have tagged an item and use those words
Consistency issue a problem - should I use hyphens or not
Best practice seems to be to use a lot of words to describe something so you have the best chance of re-finding it later
Intentional thinking about my work topics and later retrieval
Found it useful to add keywords that match my work programs
Adds to the notes, 'what am I thinking about right now" to remind myself how I might use it later
Some feel validated when they tag a resource that many other people have tagged

Frustrating
Del.icio.us interface isn't the clearest
Pointers to other screencasts not as helpful

How to make it a habit
Switch from bookmarking stuff to tagging - Just do It, Like Nike!
First impulse was to add something to favorites, but no longer and I happy with myself!
Habit at looking at feed of network RSS feed in del.iciou.us
Knowing other people are reading it, so will take the time to do it.
Helps to have colleagues on staff or workgroup also using it.

Three Words About Tagging

explore more
network
consistency
promising
focus
diversify
connect
organize better
share
network
import
connect
share
opportunity
better
motivated