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Categories, Tags and Folksonomy

Someone just asked where categories went in CS 2.1. Although many people picked up via blogs and forums that categories were morphed into tags, others didn't get the memo. The 2.1 announcement didn't specifically point this out either.

Regardless, I just realized that I had never posted the link that changed my mind forever on categorization.

Here it is: Ontology is Overrated.

I can't believe I hadn't posted that before. I meant to, years ago. LOL, it was recorded in March 2005!! Those of you that miss categories, listen to this mp3 first. Me? Even after 18 months of writing an extensive category system in Dozing Dogs CMS, I am totally committed to Tags as the way to go.

My favorite quote from that talk:

 It isn't ideas that have to be in one place mainly; an idea can be all over the place. It is a book that has to be one place.

While I'm browsing my old Tags bookmarks, here are two related gems from that era:

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2006 8:45 AM by James


Community Server Daily News said:

news of the day a grab bag for what's happening in Community Server Hooray for Jose! Hooray for Jose!

# August 22, 2006 12:49 PM

Dave Burke said:

James Shaw blogged about this O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference presentation recently and I remembered

# September 13, 2006 9:55 PM

Daily News Faq List said:

I thought Telligent's James Shaw in his "Categories, Tags and Folksonomy" was going to
# November 22, 2006 8:28 AM
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