Why not tag everything?

It seems that logging is a no-brainer. Systems already can do journaling and to the computer (by which I mean a central processing unit) everything happens in a totally linear way as it is. The real trick of what we today call blogging is to determine what information to make public to anyone, what information to make ubiquitously accessible to you and a set of people defined as needing or deserving access to that same information, and what to hide, destroy, or at least keep private.
So blogging points to logging, something it’s silly not to do if the hardware is already thinking in those terms.
And wikis are at least pointing us in the direction of better ways to build knowledge stores online collaboratively, though your typical wiki software these days needs to evolve another layer of abstraction or three before ordinary people can set up and administer (and tweak the design of) wiki pages.
But now this whole “folksonomy” thing (such as the group tagging at Flickr and Delicious) is making me wonder: Why can’t I tag every email, every action I take through my ‘puter as I do it or as it falls away?






One response to “Why not tag everything?”

  1. vanderwal Avatar

    You are on the right track. I am speaking on this exact thing in Amsterdam at Design Engaged on Friday, November 12, 2004. The talk is titled That Syncing Feeling. People spend a lot of time finding information, but getting back to that information is often difficult, even if it is on the person’s hard drive or other parts of their Personal InfoCloud. People also do not use the same application or same device at all times and getting that information on all devices and available in context is quite cumbersome in today’s world.