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January 17, 2005

Rebecca's issues with inappropriately-tagged content in Technorati's taggregator raises a number of interesting questions for me. It seems inevitable that we'll soon see the rise of "tagbombing", as people vie to get a Flickr image or a weblog post to come up first for a particular tag. Technorati says this sort of abuse isn't their problem.

Are they expecting some sort of grassroots counter-tagging effort to correct abuses for them? This seems naively idealistic to me. Every large-scale community effort evolves formal systems to combat abuse (such as Wikipedia's various mechanisms for discussing or removing disputed content, or craigslist's "flag" functionality). Providing these mechanisms goes hand in hand with providing this kind of centralized service.

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