Tag Based Sites

What is a Tag Based Site?

Tags are a way of classifying information on the internet. This is aligned with the new trend of a more "social" internet where users get to communicate with each other what they like/dislike. Below are two of these sites that I went to, BUT I do not think they are best used in a business setting. They are great fun for finding interesting stories or to see what people care about. But I do not think they are research intensive.

For your entertainment, you can check out some of these other tag based sites:

Social Bookmarking sites are also tag based and something I used during this project. I will not analyze them here but you can read my blog on it.

Name: Digg
Access: Digg.
About: Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web… We’re here to promote that conversation and provide tools for our community to discuss the topics that they’re passionate about.
Frequency: Once or twice only. Did not use for info gathering for project.
Information: Digg is a social news website made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on submitted links and stories. Voting stories up and down is the site's cornerstone function, respectively called digging and burying. Many stories get submitted every day, but only the most Dugg stories appear on the front page.
Query:

  • Coffee: Searches on Digg often yields very "interesting" sites, but not the relevant or up to date. For instance, the unveiling of Starbuck's Via occurred a month ago, however, it still ranks 7th on Digg due to its popularity.
  • Coffee News: When I narrowed down the result to news in an attempt to find more up-to-date info, Via' release moved up to second. It was surrounded by Diggs such as Coffee May Reverse Alzheimer's or Drink Coffee, See Dead People.

Evaluation: (2/10) For the purpose of this project, Digg is not appropriate. The user submitted content is based on a very biased interest (meaning sometimes, the crazier it is, the more popular it is). Hence, Digg cannot be used as a trusty worthy content provider.
Miscellaneous: Here are some advanced search tips you might find interesting.

  • +b Add to see buried stories
  • +p Add to see only promoted stories
  • +np Add to see only unpromoted stories
  • +u Add to see only upcoming stories
  • Put terms in "quotes" for an exact search
  • -d Remove the domain from the search
  • Add -term to exclude a term from your query (e.g. apple -iphone)
  • Begin your query with site: to only display stories from that URL.
Go here for an index of all the tools I used.
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