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Jul 26, 2006: Is it just me?

...or do there seem to be fewer bookmarks tagged by del.icio.us users as being about information architecture and user experience?

Purely anecdotal of course; not sure there's a trend here. If there is, it may not be that IA and UX are losing popularity so much as users are tagging with increasing specificity within those (and all) subjects. Or that popular items tend to get tagged more than new items; with newer fields like IA and UX, perhaps the community has finally caught up on tagging the "important" stuff. Or both?

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Comment: Prentiss Riddle (Jul 26, 2006)

I wish that del.icio.us made its historical data, or a representative sample of its data, available to researchers so questions like this could be answered with more than guesswork.

As it stands, pretty much all one has to go by is the last 100 entries in any given user and/or tag slice of del.icio.us, together with one's subjective recollection of the del.icio.us behavior one happened to notice in the past.

Comment: Andy Breeding (Jul 26, 2006)

Here are some additional data points from Google Trends. Searches for "information architecture" seem to be trending down, while the trend for "user experience" is less clear (though this term seems to be used more broadly).

Google Trends - Searches for IA and UX

Comment: Livia Labate (Jul 26, 2006)

Or the volume of information tagged is larger and more varied (less nerdy) these days so IA/UX volume is not as huge in comparison?

Comment: Lou (Jul 26, 2006)

Not sure about overall volume; more stuff might be tagged, but if you're following feeds for IA and UX, those shouldn't be affected by growth of tagging of other stuff, should they?

Comment: Don Turnbull (Jul 26, 2006)

Maybe ia and ux are too broad for some users to tag something with them?

Comment: Erik M. Hartman (Jul 27, 2006)

Well, doesn't this prove the disadvantage of folksonomies? Certainly if you want to do some investigation on a rather 'internal/professional' term?

(note: I'm not against folksonomies, but prefer both worlds)

Comment: Edward Vielmetti (Jul 31, 2006)

My delicious posting pace slowed down noticably because the site started to get very, very slow with my large collection of tags and links. I don't know what's going wrong, but it's very discouraging to use delicious these days, and it's just about faster to simply blog the interesting stuff.

Comment: iiq374 (Aug 2, 2006)

Edward hints towards what I would see as a key reason:
In my experience Del.icio.us is being used *less* by the types of tech designers that would be likely to tag IA etc, even while its popularity continues to grow in the non-tech oriented community.

Perhaps it has been found by the general IA as not being particularly good for IA?

Comment: Lou (Aug 2, 2006)

OK, so if tech designers, IAs, and others are using deli.cio.us less: how come?

Comment: Lou (Aug 4, 2006)

Apropos, from TechCrunch: http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/08/04/dazzle-us-again-delicious/

Comment: James Melzer (Aug 9, 2006)

Lou, Another possibility is that there was a lot of tagging of older articles and blogposts when del.icio.us was new. That boosted the volume of bookmarks in IA and UX. Now everybody in the community has pretty much tagged those things.

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