LibraryThing – Social Tagging for Books

Ok, so speaking of social media, LibraryThing is a web site where people can catalog their books and connect with people who like the same (or different) books.

LibraryThing uses tagging and folksonomies, systems that have exploded throughout the web and have become popularized on web sites such as flickr and, to build its own organic understanding and categorization of books.

In LibraryThing, you might tag The Kite Runner with the words “Afghanistan, fiction, middle east, coming of age.” Other LibraryThing users who also have The Kite Runner in their library will tag the book similarly or differently, and this will organically build a system of navigation in which books become related through their tags.

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