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Subject: Understanding tags
Date Posted: 1/6/2008 5:59 AM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2007
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i tried to read the help section about tags. I don't fully understand. do i place tags to help me find a book again? or are the tags for helping other people find a book?

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 8:24 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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They can do both.  You can make tags for your personal use, and you can tag them with characteristics that will help other people find them.  Right now only a tiny percentage of books carry a tag that is helpful for searchers, but the more tagging people do the sooner it will be possible to find books you like based on the tags other people have given them.  Right now other people will see your individual tags attached to a book (but not with any personally identifying information unless you tag the books with your name), however, as the number of "general" tags increases only the most popular tags will be seen by everyone.

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 12:09 PM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2007
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ok ty, i think i understand :-)

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 12:36 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If you click on a tag it will show you all the books that have been marked  by a tag. So let's say your really into historical mysteries.  So you tag the books you've read or on your shelf or that you want with Historical Mystery.  Other people are also tagging books with this.  You can click on the tag and see what other people have tagged as HM.  You might find an author you've never heard of or books you haven't read.  Say you have a lot of books on your reminder list. You can come up with a personal tag to put on them letting you know it's on your RL.  Then when you're perusing the book bazaar and someone has  deal you might see more than one book w/your personal RL tag and order them on a deal.  You can tell it's your tag if it has the little red x next to it.