According to wikipedia a 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, noted because it is almost completely unlike traditional formal methods of faceted classification. This phenomenon typically only arises in non-hierarchical communities, such as public websites, as opposed to multi-level teams. Since the organizers of the information are usually its primary users, folksonomy produces results that reflect more accurately the population's conceptual model of the information. Adam Mathes says that an important aspect of a folksonomy is that is comprised of terms in a flat namespace: that is, there is no hierarchy, and no directly specified parent-child or sibling relationships between these terms. There are, however, automatically generated “related” tags, which cluster tags based on common URLs. This is unlike formal taxonomies and classification schemes where there are multiple kind of explicit relationships between terms. These relationships include things like broader, narrower, as well as related terms. These folksonomies are simply the set of terms that a group of users tagged content with, they are not a predetermined set of classification terms or labels. Deanna's point that folksonomies are good because it is one of the few things about the web and technology that are made by the people for the people is a great one. Jill on the other hand, questions the practicality of folksonomies for ordinary people. I would have to agree with her that the real benefits of folksonomies are more in line with organizational use rather than your average Joe. Organizations would be able to get their information out to an enormous amount of people within no time at all. They would be able to "tag" the information and disperse it the way they want to the right people in the right departments. What use would you or me need with that. A chain letter of some sort? For what purpose? Let's just say that I worked in the offices for a huge corporation like Apple and I needed to get my information out to everyone in the offcie and I could link is to hundreds of differemt sites, then folksonomies are where I need to be. One prime example of a folksonomy that Professor Gilbert gave in class is Ebay because through it you can list an item to sell and when you do you can list it within certain perameters, categories, or "tags" so one can find your item easier. In addition, the seller has the power to create and manipulate the description of the item as much as they want to better their chances of selling the item. Just imagine what would Ebay look like if it wasn't for folksonomies? It would be a complete mess. You would have to spend hours and hours going through thousands of listing in the hope that you will find the one that you are looking for. Thus, folksonomies are great for the advancement of technologies like the Internet.