Trail patterns in social tagging systems: Role of tags as digital pheromones

Thomas George Kannampallil, Wai Tat Fu

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Abstract

The popularity of social information systems has been driven by their ability to help users manage, organize and share online resources. Though the research exploring the use of tags is relatively new, two things are widely acknowledged in the research community: (a) tags act as a medium for social collaboration, navigation and browsing and (b) an overall stable equilibrium exists among tag patterns due to the social nature of the tagging process. But there is very little agreement on what causes these stable patterns. In this paper, we take an evolutionary perspective to understand the process of tagging to investigate whether tags act as "way finders" or digital pheromones in social tagging systems. We investigate the existence of tag trails based on a semantic similarity measure among existing tags. We found that over 50% of the resources we evaluated exhibited strong trail patterns. The implications of these patterns for the design and management of social tagging systems is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFoundations of Augmented Cognition
Subtitle of host publicationNeuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience - 5th International Conference, FAC 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, Proceedings
Pages165-174
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event5th International Conference on Foundations of Augmented Cognition, FAC 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 19 2009Jul 24 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5638 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other5th International Conference on Foundations of Augmented Cognition, FAC 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period7/19/097/24/09

Keywords

  • Pheromones
  • Social Tagging Systems (STS)
  • Stigmergy
  • Web 2.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Kannampallil, T. G., & Fu, W. T. (2009). Trail patterns in social tagging systems: Role of tags as digital pheromones. In Foundations of Augmented Cognition: Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience - 5th International Conference, FAC 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, Proceedings (pp. 165-174). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 5638 LNAI). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-02812-0_20