Folksonomy : Last class of Social Computing


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Hi everyone. This post come from the last lecture of Social Computing class that I learned, the course is end. We are coming to final exam festival. For all of my posts, hope you guys like and enjoy them. It is my pleasure to share you. Let me share the last lecture ‘Folksonomy’.

Before seeing in the detail about Folksonomy, there are many words that you should know.

  •  Social Bookmarking : Online service which lets users to add, edit, and share bookmarks of web documents. Tagging is a feature of social bookmarking systems, users can organize their bookmarks in flexible ways and develop shared vocabularies known as folksonomies.[2]
  • Tag Cloud : is a visual representation for text data, used to depict keyword metadata (tags) on websites. Tags are usually single words.[4]
  • Cold Start : When you search some data that is not popular from the internet, next time it may become popular because of many people searching it.
  • Faceted search : is a technique for accessing information organized according to a faceted classification system, users can explore a collection of information.[7]


‘Folksonomy’ means Folk – taxonomy = share point

A folksonomy is a system of classification derived from the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to categorize content.[8]

  • Broad Folksonomy : Users tag particular content with a variety of terms.
  • Narrow Folksonomy : occurs when a few users tag an object with a limited number of terms.


Tagging vs. traditional classification

Traditional classification


Social tagging

Pre-defined vocabulary Use any keyword
Structured. No structure
Done by authors/librarians Done by anyone
Non trivial task Easy

         From table above, you will see that social tagging is easy to do, everyone can create the tag for his content. This way is appropriate for current community.

Social Tagging Challenges

  • Vocabulary evolution
  • User interface design
  • Cold start : There are no any information about tags for an object.
  • Scale : More tagging events, make you comfort to search what you want.
  • Making use of tags : Tag metadata for search, faceted browsing.

         Finally, all of lectures already have posted. Really thanks you guy for coming to visit my posts. All of your like and comment is my moral support for me to write blog. Hope you guy get inspiration from my blog too. Thanks for your supporting. 🙂 Ploy.

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9 thoughts on “Folksonomy : Last class of Social Computing

    • Sorry, Moderndest. Im confuse about the question. I try to find answer for your question.

      – Exploitation of forwarding information towards a “known” and exploration towards an “unknown” –

      If you have some clear answer, please tell me. We can share some idea! Thanks for visiting my post.

      • Okay! i think i got the idea about your question. you mean ‘tagging the word that has the same meaning, but spell differently right?
        I think it’s okay, some contents also tag every words that have the same meaning. This is the benefit for user, they can use any word to search content. And if u use google to search, google also find the same meaning word of the content that likely you wanna find to show you.
        Thank you for good question! Hope this answer will help you.

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