In @toread and Cool: Tagging for Time, Task and Emotion, Margaret Kipp looks at the words people use to tag sites in social tagging applications (like del.icio.us) Most tags are, as we expect, tags that name subjects. Car, cat, calculator, and such. Of the non-subject words there are many that seem to fall into two categories: time and task related, and emotional reactions (affective).
Time and tasks tags are things like the “@toread” mentioned in the title or “thisweek” or “peterson_presentation.” Affective tags are things like “cool”, “funny”, “gross”, and
Noting and classifying these two types of non-subject tags seems to fit into the space of somethings that I have been pondering in the last week or so.
At the end of Everything is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger makes the point that, as cool as the great big miscellaneous pile of stuff is, tearing everything out of its place and throwing it into that pile can strip the implicit context that existed in the object’s environment but was not explicitly encoded in the object. Is adding time and task, and affective tags the beginning of the user attempting to recreate original context, or create new personal context, or some of both?