Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Utility of Tagging

Situations that are best for tagging ...

"Master diagram-maker and designer, Tom Chi recently put together (and graciously allowed me to share) an insightful illustration that communicates how the utility of tags is bi-modally distributed across personal and public recovery. Personal utility is the value of a tagging system for individuals looking to recover their private documents or assets. Public utility is the value created by an aggregated set of tags from multiple individuals. In this case, members of the group are recovering public documents or assets using tags from the whole group.

The effort required for tagging proves most useful for individuals when the efficiency of available searching and browsing systems is low (5-10+ minutes for recovery) and the frequency of recovery is high.

For public recovery, utility also grows when available searching & browsing tools are inefficient. However, the system remains useful when the amount of recovery is low –when people are only accessing records occasionally."    (Continued via Functioning Form)    [Usability Resources]

Ease of Search - Usability, User Interface Design

Ease of Search


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