I was thinking this week, with the fact that Diane actually wrote her dissertation in the area of tagging, that this is a dangerous area for us as students to trod. What if I don’t like it? What if I think she’s crazy having done her work in this area? How do I express my views without getting an F-? Sigh … oh well …
Now, I will admit something before I begin — while the other social media we have been involved with up to this point I have dabbled with in one form or another, I have never used any of the bookmarking sites before. Frankly, I have never been particularly aware of them, nor have ever had what I would consider to be a burning need.
But after my quick review, here’s the thinking — for photos and those types of items that generally have some level of difficulty of being accessed/found, it generally makes sense. I’m not convinced sites like Delicious (given the newer/faster/more comprehensive search engines available) have a long term viability in the social media world.
It seems to me, though, that social media sites are looking to not only keep your data, but decide how best to prepare it for distribution purposes as well. It also seems to me that the various sites (particularly Facebook) are trying to collect and handle all social media needs for the average user.
I think this would make an interesting study in and of itself.