Social tagging still shows a lot of promise. It appears, though, that it is falling out of favour. However, I think that friend of a friend and crowdsourced recommendations still make a lot of sense as a way to separate wheat from chaff.
ReadWriteWeb writes about the major decline at Digg.
Some of this is explained by a redesign of Digg that wasn’t liked by loyal Digg users. But don’t think that’s enough to explain the drop in social tagging.
Delicious used to own this space in its pre-Yahoo and unspellable days. I worry that individual user liking, tagging, and otherwise saving stuff and links is unsustainable except maybe in narrow communities and possibly work teams. It can also make sense for personal use. We’ll have to see what the future holds for services like Digg, Reddit, Delicious, etc. I read that Facebook and Twitter are the big places for sharing today and that the act of sharing generates a score that tells use what is popular and what isn’t. Should we be preferring the subtle market-based interactions of whole communities, global populations, groups of friends of communities of practice/interest?
Or are there experts who are better as individual pointers to quality content in the massive vortex that is the web?
Is there a space for librarians as social taggers for specific topics and domains or did this already prove to be inconsistently sustainable with Librarians Index to the Internet, then Open Directory Project, etc.? I wonder . . . is there a risk that computer algorithms will track and sort human web behaviours and that will only be as good as those who particiate . . .? It is all so confusing.