HT06, Tagging Paper, Taxonomy

hello my name isToday I’m presenting a paper I coauthored with Mor Naaman, Marc Davis and danah boyd entitled “HT06, Tagging Paper, Taxonomy, Flickr, Academic Article, ToRead.” It’s possibly the least memorable title in ACM history, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. This publication is a position paper, and as such is focused on

In the paper we present two taxonomies of tagging, the first dedicated to design decisions in tagging systems, and the second to the incentives that drive people to tag therein. We also present a short study of Flickr and compare to Golder’s analysis to show how some of our distinctions may affect the behavior of taggers within the system. Here are some of the important distinctions we found among tagging systems.
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Intercontinental Internet (Boeing Connexion)

I am on my way to Denmark for Hypertext ’06 and have the privilege of riding on Scandinavian Airlines. I was told by a few people that the seats offered more legroom and that the overhead bins were almost unreachable (thank you tall Scandanavian peoples). These are but mere urband legends, but one story I heard holds true: in-flight wifi internet access.

I’m sending this from my flight, and for all intents and purposes the service beats most airport terminal. Connections are extremely flaky during takeoff, but nearly seamless once in flight. Broadband Reports shows a downspeed of 199kbps up and 22kbps down, not bad for a highly shared connection.

Power is available in a standard 110 A/C jack in Business and First Class, but unfortunately the losers in coach have to bring extra batteries (or cheat by taking an extended bathroom break and plugging into the shaver outlet).

And of course pricing is on the expensive side: $9.95 for 1 hr., $14.95 for 2, and $26.95 for the entire flight. This pricing model has not produced the response that Boeing had expected; the owner and operator has just decided to drop the service, a group that employs 400 individuals. However, another vendor, ASiQ, has decided to take over the service at a lower price. I really hope this is not my last in-flight blog post.

Snakes out of the plane

Sure, I’ve got tickets to the 10pm showing of Snakes on a Plane tonight. With the help of Justin, we might be eating some dips and pretzles off of a blueprint-covered table (snacks on a plan). I’ve been impressed with all of the quite-savvy marketing done on behalf of the producers thus far, but I was a little confused when I ran across the Snakes on a Plane Quote Book a few days ago in a bookstore.

Snakes on a Plane Quote Book

Thumbing through the book I realized that these pages completely reveal the plot of the movie. How many Samuel L. Jackson quotes do you need to figure out the entire dialog? My first thought was that this was an error on the part of some publisher or distribution company, but then I realized that it may be yet another stunt to increase the buzz around the movie. How surreal will it be when I’m quoting Mr. Jackson in line waiting for the opening release of the movie? And something tells me I won’t be the only one in line with the same idea.