What is the benefit of folksonomy? I believe there are two important elements to this relatively new phenomenon:
I liken this to a professor with multiple research assistants. This professor must divide his or her time wearing many hats: teacher, researcher, and presenter (and parent, spouse, etc.). The research assistants save this professor valuable time by doing a lot of the gruntwork – thereby giving the professor more time to easily assimilate this information and focus on pioneering new research initiatives.
Social software such as flickr, del.icio.us, and more are powerful because, not only do they let people collaboratively categorize information, but they allow users to bookmark these categories, either directly or through RSS / Atom feeds.
Collaborative filtering certainly makes my life a whole lot easier.
You commented on my “Why I have 2 blogs” article a while back, and advised me to check out Furl. I just wanted to say thanks; I finally got around to checking it out, and it’s definitely a better solution than Bloglines’ clip blog, except that it doesn’t integrate with Bloglines, my feed reader. Hopefully, we’ll reach a point when aggregation services permit saving content to arbitrary locations/services/sites.
I also like your idea of feeding my clips to my blog sidebar; cool!
In any case, I appreciate the feedback!
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