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Posts about Folksonomy

Design for Selfishness

In 1996, Paulina Borsook wrote a story that, frankly, really pissed me off. In “Cyberselfish,” published in Mother Jones and…

How Tags Happened at Technorati

It’s been six months since we added Tags to Technorati (where I’m Senior Designer), and as it turns out, it…

Searching vs. Browsing

Or: Why you’re gonna be hearing the word “tag” a lot Think about these two words for a moment: “Search”…


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Hi, I’m Derek. I make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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