Two types of information?

As I’ve mentioned previously, I like the idea of attaching metadata to my information so that I can view it in many weird and wonderful ways, and not just how a random developer decreed it should be viewed (especially scary, is the infamous “I’ve got a tree control and I’m gonna use it” kind of developer!).

Now, in Web 2.0-Ville that (for now) means tags, and so I did the dutiful thing and signed up to delicious and I was happier than a happy thing from Happy-on-Sea, going about adding all of my bookmarks to it, when I hit the ‘restricted bookmark’ issue whilst trying to delicious-ize (whats the right verb?) a link to a directory on a local disk. Now I understand that because delicious is at its heart a tool for sharing, I don’t want to expose private information, but it is still a little disappointing. It means I can’t access my information in a unified way simply because of where it is stored, even though in this case, all I wanted to bookmark was a read-only document containing train timetables and I wanted it tagged with the rest of my #admin stuff!

Maybe, in the war to organise my information, there really are only two types – private and shared (I won’t say “public” since shared implies a finer grain of control)…

We are still a ways off yet, of course, since I would really like to attach semantics to my tags and have those semantics shared with everybody else, but we’ll get there I’m sure…

Tag-tastic…

You may have noticed that this blog doesn’t use “Categories” but instead those pesky little Web 2.0 critters called “tags“. I might get tired of them soon, but I have long wanted to be able to attach metadata to, well, pretty much all of my personal information (e-mails, documents, songs, blog posts), and so for the time being, I’m using them all over the place and seeing how it works out… I’ve been using delicious and twitter for a little while now and I’m pretty happy with them, although I can’t help but think that some information is easier for me to retrieve with a well-known structure as opposed to via a tag-cloud…

Now, what I really want is to be able to share my tags across all of my information stores and to be able to search them all through a single unified interface…