I was invited to join the flickr group “Pirates” (there seems to be a group for everything on flickr!). The only pirates I had to offer were from children’s books. This one is from Robert Ingpen’s: Age of Acorns.
OK, I need help here. I received this message from a male friend and I want to know whether or not to consider it a compliment?
your DNA has all the characteristics of a salmon
Any assistance would be most appreciated.
Wow, Torill Mortensen has compiled a huuuuuuuuuuuge list of references about blogging. I am so impressed! Thanks Torill!
Making the internet rounds today, from:
WORLD WIDE WORDS ISSUE 439 Saturday 7 May 2005
Turns of Phrase: Folksonomy
Though this term has become known online in the past year and the idea behind it is arousing interest in the technology community, it is rare outside such specialist groups. This may be changing. A folksonomy is a type of classification system that spontaneously arises out of the way users tag items of information with freely chosen keywords (a more common term, in fact, is “tagging”). Such tags might be attached to photographs that individuals upload to Web sites such as Flickr, or to sites listed on StumbleUpon, a user network for sharing information about them. It’s a “bottom-up” form of informal classification that’s fundamentally different to the “top-down” type imposed from above, such as the Dewey system for classifying books. A useful article on the word on the Wikipedia site (http://quinion.com?FSMY) says it’s a blend of “folk” and “taxonomy” and that its invention has been attributed to Thomas Vander Wal.
* From PR Newswire, 8 February 2005: Tagging, or Folksonomy,
represents an alternative and complement to traditional enterprise rigid ontology.
* From the Guardian, 24 Mar. 2005: Folksonomies work because although users can choose idiosyncratic tags, most people tend to use fairly obvious ones most of the time.