Condemned to the 4th Circle of Hell


Folksonomy is a neologism for a practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords. More colloquially, this refers to a group of people cooperating spontaneously to organize information into categories. In contrast to formal classification methods, this phenomenon typically only arises in non-hierarchical communities, such as public websites, as opposed to multi-level teams. (from Wikipedia)

Note: Don’t know what the hell that means.

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    Brian Benzinger Says:

    Folsowha… neologism? I don’t even want to try to figure out what that word means. Buzz… um. I am commenting and commenting. Thank goodness for the guy that said to just use the word tags because if I had to say Folksonomy three times fast.. it would be hard. Folksonomy, folksonomy, folksonomy. Actually, that wasn’t that bad. Ok. I like the word. Makes me sound smart when I say it too.

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    Yannick Says:

    LOL Brian. Yup I got lost after the “neologism”. Tags is so much of a nicer word than “Folksonomy”.

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    Daniel Nicolas Says:

    Tags? Multiple tags? Who ever used folksonomy without laughing after saying it? I certainly can’t. Folksonomy.

    Folks + On + Oh + My = Folksonomy

    Old people who are on .. something. Who know’s what drugs those folks are on. Oh my. Where is this going? Folksonomy means nothing to me. I agree – it can go to Buzzword Hell

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    Chris J. Davis Says:

    While I hate the word, I think the concept is the one to watch in 2006… of course I might think that since I am brewing a little something that leverages f0lk50n0m13s…

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    evan Says:

    “Folksonomy” makes me think of a bunch of hippies running around that really know their folk music. Isn’t that what folksonomy means by true definition anyways? “A knowledge of folk”

    why they couldn’t just say “group categorization” or something that actually makes sense is beyond me.

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    Kory Twaites Says:

    that had soo many big words in the def. it makes my head hurt.

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    Brian Says:


    Consider that I had to copy and paste the word. Need I say more?

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    Kyle Jones Says:

    Folks? on… Oh MY!

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    Chris Says:

    kill it with fire. It hurts my brain trying to say it, read it or even look at it. Although I think Chris Davis is on to something with folksonomics. That simple replacing of the omy with ics makes it a happy grassroots sort of word. Of course in the long run it still sucks horribly.

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    Mahangu Says:

    Oh please! Take it away. Away. Away. Away.

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    Fernando Lucas Says:

    Why do people love to make new, big, annoying words that are good for.. umm.. nothing?

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    Steven Says:

    I hate people (Like the Web 2.0 Show) who try to make Web 2.0 look all big (and them selves in the process).
    Folksonomy == Bu||$h|t that’s all.
    It is stupid! All this Tagsonomy… (Going to add that too) is crap also.

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    Bryan Says:

    Don’t worry Steven, you can use curse words here. :) Hell, bold them. Vent my friends, VENT.

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    Pete Says:

    Folksonomy… sounds like something I did at camp.

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    Ian Gordon Says:

    God, where do I start, folks? who the fudge says folks anymore…where at me the south in the 1920’s? Seriously, 21st century check.

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    MightyMouse Says:

    Try putting out a web 2.0 app that promises to be the next great step for “groupthink” and see how many investors you get. “Folksonomy” is just a way to make “groupthink” sound… well, folksy.

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    Ian Gordon Says:

    Why won’t this go lower. It needs to get to the 9th, come on people!

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    gb Says:

    I actually use the word “folks” all the time, but I’m sort of a freak like that. I do, however, despise this word. Kill it. Kill it dead, bubba.

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    ailaG Says:


    sound bad backwards as well.

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    Nik Steffen Says:

    Folksonomy or tags, call it what you want, but they annoy me. How can you find something if people have different ideas of tagging something. If I am looking for information on a dog and search for the tag “Dog”, how can I be sure that the other person did not tag it “Canine”?

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    Bryan Says:

    Yeah, I suck at folksonomy, I never know what to tag things. And nobody’s been able to tell me how to correctly tag, because there is no way to correctly folksonomate… or something.

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    Potch Says:

    Someone tried to be cute when looking to explain why their client needed to implement tagging for no reason, methnks. I call shenanigans.

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    Zeerus Says:

    Folksonomy, even the definition leaves me baffled, what a retarded word

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    Adam Messinger Says:

    I understand why we need a word for what this describes, but my God does it have to be this word??

    The third circle of Buzzword Hell is too good for you, Folksonomy. I want to see you go aaaaall the way down!

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    Roy Says:

    Isn’t Wikipedia itself a “Folksonomy”?

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    Katie Says:

    I hadn’t heard of this until today, but seriously… what the hell!

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    RedFlux Says:

    down, down, down further you go!

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    Dryte Says:

    very stupid word. useless, already has another word that means the same thing.

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    Matt Says:

    “Circle jerk.”

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    Jangari Says:

    It’s hardly neologism. It’s just the inevitable clipping and joining of two words that often occur together.
    People often refer to ‘folk taxonomy’ and while I think ‘folksonomy’ is stupid, it’s only because ‘folk taxonomy’ has been around for decades at least and doesn’t need it’s own dedicated coinage.

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    Buzzerboy Says:

    We all come across terms and words that we often try to ingest as far as trying to find out what they mean. Apparently this one is something that joins the ranks of forcing a person to understand. Secondly, it only focuses on people who are familiar with the Internet.

    Well, while we all know basic terms, this word looks like something that was used to call a certain group something. While Wikipedia does have an answer for it, it is a weird word that lacks meaning.