When I was a kid, computers were slow. They had little or no storage, the most reliable connection was sneakernet, and having more than four colors on the screen at the same time was amazing. So the user experience looked a lot like this…
For quite some time now we really haven’t had those same excuses, so why does this video remind you of the point-of-sale system at work, or the database HR is still using, or the software that came with your MP3 player?
The issue has been our for a little while now, but I thought I would note that I have an article about The use of tagging systems in this month’s issue of the ASIST Bulletin. Take a look at Why Are They Tagging, and Why Do We Want
Almost everyone has a tagging system the web is facing serious weather with tag clouds on every site. I think it’s interesting to explore the uses of folksonomies and why users bother tagging things in the first place. Here’s an excerpt:
When thinking about adding tagging to a site, the first question should be: What do we want to get out of this? Does the site need something to improve search results or a new navigational facet to better connect related pages? Is the goal to classify lots of multimedia objects with minimal cost or to get users to interact with the site a little more?