General patterns of tag usage among university groups in Flickr

Emma Angus (School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Mike Thelwall (School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
David Stuart (School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Publication date: 22 February 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to investigate general patterns of tag usage and determines the usefulness of the tags used within university image groups to the wider Flickr community. There has been a significant rise in the use of Web 2.0 social network web sites and online applications in recent years. One of the most popular is Flickr, an online image management application.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses a webometric data collection, classification and informetric analysis.

Findings

The results show that members of university image groups tend to tag in a manner that is of use to users of the system as a whole rather than merely for the tag creator.

Originality/value

This paper gives a valuable insight into the tagging practices of image groups in Flickr.

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Citation

Angus, E., Thelwall, M. and Stuart, D. (2008), "General patterns of tag usage among university groups in Flickr", Online Information Review, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 89-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520810866001

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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