Folksonomies and emergent social structures are changing the web by enabling users to more actively participate in the creation and organization of web content, and by promoting the formation of new communities and networks of users.
Folksonomies are user-generated systems of classification that are based on the use of tags to describe and organize web content. They allow users to classify and organize web content in a more flexible and informal way, and to create their own systems of categorization that reflect their own interests and perspectives. Folksonomies can be used to classify and organize a wide range of web content, including photos, videos, blog posts, and other types of digital media.
Emergent social structures are networks of users who come together to form communities and share information, ideas, and resources. These structures can take many forms, including forums, blogs, social networking sites, and other types of online communities. Emergent social structures are often based on shared interests or goals, and they can be powerful drivers of innovation and change on the web.
Both folksonomies and emergent social structures are changing the web by enabling users to more actively participate in the creation and organization of web content, and by promoting the formation of new communities and networks of users. They are also changing the way that web content is classified and organized, as users create their own systems of categorization that reflect their own interests and perspectives. As a result, the web is becoming more user-driven and decentralized, with users playing a more active role in shaping the content and structure of the web.
Folksonomy is a system in which users apply public tags to online items, typically to aid them in re-finding those items. This can give rise to a classification system based on those tags and their frequencies, in contrast to a taxonomic classification specified by the owners of the content when it is published. This practice is also known as collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, and social tagging. Folksonomy was originally "the result of personal free tagging of information [...] for one's own retrieval", but online sharing and interaction expanded it into collaborative forms. Social tagging is the application of tags in an open online environment where the tags of other users are available to others. Collaborative tagging (also known as group tagging) is tagging performed by a group of users. This type of folksonomy is commonly used in cooperative and collaborative projects such as research, content repositories, and social bookmarking.
Social streams are a relatively new and fast growing source of data. Many different types of social streams exist and their structure is not necessarily predefined by system developers but emerges via user activities and is therefore a collectively-generated data structure that may go far beyond what the system designers’ have envisioned. Emerging syntax conventions, such as RT (retweets), # (hashtags) or @ (replies), are examples of innovations by users that superimpose an informal, emerging data structure on social streams. This has made social streams complex and dynamic structures which can be analyzed in a staggering variety of ways, for example, according to the author(s) of messages, the recipients of messages, the links, keywords or hashtags contained in messages, the time stamps of messages or the message types.
We now find ourselves with users creating their own structure of information. One need only look at the #metoo hashtag which empowered women everywhere to speak out against sexual assault and harassment.
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These standards are used from the IB Computer Science Subject Guide
- Describe how folksonomies and emergent social structures are changing the web.
- IB Diploma Programme Computer science guide (first examinations 2014). Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom: International Baccalaureate Organization. January 2012.