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You Are Unique But Your Tags Don't Have To Be

Jane Brown Posted by Jane Brown in Help Center on Dec 16, 2013 4:40:24 PM

Do you tag?

Tags are

  • descriptive (keywords that depict main ideas in the document, blog, or discussion you have created)
  • open (anyone can add tags!) This is why tags are sometimes called foksonomy.
  • universal (all tags go to into a pool of words that every body can use, no matter what group they are in)
  • at the bottom (look at the bottom of docs, discussions, etc. for these little blue words)


Lots of other web tools use tags, for example: Tumbler, Flickr, Delicious, YouTube, and Twitter.


Let's get real!

Nobody understands your personal folder system for filing your stuff on your computer except you. Why complicate Thinkfinity with folders when we can just search tags.


Tags optimize your search capabilities. The Thinkfinity Community search gives special weight to tags, so content that is tagged will appear at the top of search results. Tags are hyperlinks. You can click on any tag and go to a page that has all content tagged with that word.


Tips on tagging

  1. Make tagging your content important. Think what your content is about, then describe it with 3-5 keywords.
  2. Imagine doing a Google Search. What words would you use to find your content?  Abbreviations?  Acronyms? A specific educational term? Use these as tags.
  3. Check out the tag cloud. These tell you trending tags. The bigger the tag the more popular it is. There is a tag cloud widget in the Help Center.
  4. Tag your profile with your expertise so others who need your skill(s) may find you.
  5. Use an underscore to connect two words as a tag. Leave a space between tags, no commas.
  6. Make it easy. The system suggests frequently used tags, and you can choose from them. Yes, you are unique, snowflakes are unique, but your tags don't have to be.


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