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Subject: Do you tag?
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 12:29 AM ET
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I just went through and tagged nearly all the books I have posted.  Now I wonder if it was time well-spent...

Do you tag?

Do tags come up in keyword searches?

Thanks, Juli

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 12:37 AM ET
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I do some tags.  I've wavered on doing personal tags.  They come up in the club tag cloud (located under the Community tab. 


Date Posted: 7/1/2009 12:49 AM ET
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Nope, I never found tags to be useful so I have them turned off in my settings.  I don't even see them anymore.


Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:02 AM ET
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I do use tags occasionally and always mean to use them more, because I like them a lot.  I believe the plan is to eventually make them searchable, so the more people that tag them with helpful descriptions, the more chance people will be able to find books they are looking for.  You can search them now, but you have to have a book tagged with what you are looking for first, you can't search them by typing in a word.  Although since they upgraded the search function with the "keyword" search, I now have that way to find large numbers of additional books to order, which I do not need!  So l shouldn't be hoping for searchable tags, I guess.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:07 AM ET
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When I search for books and a list of books pops up, I do see tags on some of the books.

So far I've only used tags to mark which books I want to buy, or which ones I want to post in the future.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:44 AM ET
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I use tags for my personal use. I think that's what they are for. I have the books that I want go on my Reminder List and I tag those for easy locating.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:20 AM ET
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I never do personal tags.  Will use the notes for that.  Do use tags to list AKAs (Also Know As) and other ISBNs.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:04 AM ET
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Ditto what Bernhard said. I don't find them useful at all and have them turned off so I don't see any of them.


Date Posted: 7/1/2009 8:54 AM ET
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Yes.  Mostly I used personal tags.   I've tagged a lot of my RL books for a couple of reasons: 1 I've played in a couple of games that required a link to some tagged RL books and 2: they are eventually going to combine the RL and WL.  I don't want 1,000+ books on one list.  My WL is just that-books I want when they become available.  But my RL is loaded with books I may never order unless I see them on a deal or go back to doing BOBS.  Or that I wouldn't mind getting in a game.  If I could bring up a master Note List then I would used that.  But since there's no way to do that then I tag them. 

I don't see the point in using tags to track WL position. For one thing it changes all the time.  Another thing is it clutters up the tags for the book making the useful tags hard to see when 10 people have tagged it with their line position.  Notes would be better for this. I have a couple TBR books that I'm monitoring (with notes) how fast the WL line is moving so I can read and post them while still WL. 

I use notes to mark books I have as unpostable or books that I've ordered in a deal or from another site or that I'm expecting from a game.  Because only I can see that.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 9:36 AM ET
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Nope. I use them other places, though. I'm very interested in folksonomy, but tags are not implemented very well at all at PBS.
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:49 AM ET
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 If the book title doesn't have it's number in a series I use a tag to mark books with it's postion.

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Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:54 AM ET
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I use both personal tags (for image and data correction purposes) and club tags (to mark favorite genres and find Japanese books, etc.)  all the time.  I love them!   I've helped out with all the Tagging Missions, and can't wait until the team makes them searchable!

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Date Posted: 7/1/2009 9:52 PM ET
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I use them all the time - but not personal ones.  I especially appreciate seeing the tags that give a book's position in a series, and have occasionally searched for similar books by using tag data.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 10:53 PM ET
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I only use tags to mark where it is in a series...I use notes for personal things (get from library, who has the book, damaged don't post, etc)

I like notes better than tags because a little yellow sticky shows up on the book cover.  now this only works for that ISBN, but then so do tags

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Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:06 PM ET
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I have put all the tags I can think of on the books on my shelf, in the hope that they may be spotted and ordered faster.  Can't say that they're flying off the shelf but maybe they'd be going even slower without them?

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:38 PM ET
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I'm using more tags.  I used to only use the tag for my place in the WL line.  Now I put the date the book will be published, if it's not out yet, and other useful information.

I have clicked on tags to find more books of the same subject matter, so I think they can be useful.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 7:02 AM ET
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I like using tags.  I started out using tags that describe the book's subject, and when I started reading about TPTB changing the way the wish list operates, added tags that remind me how bad I might want certain books.  "A List, B List etc"  Whenever that change goes into effect it will be much easier for me to assign "Number 1, Number 2..." etc to books on my list.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 6:17 PM ET
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I don't tag here at all, though I do at my LibraryThing accounts as I use those to do the majority of my book trackings.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 12:24 AM ET
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I homeschool and it is very convenient to tag books by some of the curriculum's that they are used for. I also tag some children's books by their reading levels based upon the AR lists that teachers and libraries sometimes use.
Date Posted: 7/3/2009 1:22 AM ET
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I use tags.  WL books with a different ISBN - I will tag the wishlist book (learned this from another thread) with the ISBN of the book that I have.   It goest ot FIFO but it moves the books.   I had some success with them.  I also from the tag clould and I add the author or genre, I do not use them for personal tagging.