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RE: Folksonomies (was rel="nofollow")

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 15:31:36 -0000
To: "'Micah Dubinko'" <micah@dubinko.info>
Cc: <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <010701c50097$78ca9050$6f01a8c0@W100>


> I just finished reading David Allen's _Getting Things Done_. Highly 
> recommended. In it he suggests that discussions ought to end 
> up with a 
> concrete "next action".

Makes you wonder how human beings made it to the moon before Mr. Allen's
book appeared. ;)

> A surge in popularity of the 'rel' 
> attribute is good 
> news for metadata fans.  [My prediction is that the next "big thing" 
> people start noticing is that rel can take multiple, space-separated 
> values.]
> Anyway, what's the next actions for folksonomies? I think the HTML WG 
> should take a careful look at what's out there (and under 
> development), 
> why these are proving so popular with users, and how XHTML 
> can help make 
> things even better.

I agree, but that's already been happening for the last year or so. A lot of
work has been done on the HTML Working Group to try and make it possible to
express RDF within XHTML (in a painless way, before people have a fit ;) ).
This has largely involved clarifying what @rel/@rev and <link>/<meta> mean
in various contexts. XHTML 2 now provides a number of mechanisms that will
make the page you read and your metadata page one and the same.

> I consider nofollow only part of a bigger movement commonly called 
> 'folksonomies' [1].

I disagree with this, since the proposal is to *force* the attribute and
value onto every link on every blog, regardless of what the blog owner wants
[1]. That's not author control that's blog host control. Perhaps
"corponomies" might be a better description.



[1] http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/01/preventing-comment-spam.html

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