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At Gnomedex, Chris asked the community to try using star tags on their tweets in order to create an internal (and external) way of rating (and thus liking or disliking) the content of the tweet. Some people began adding star tags to serious and silly ideas. But I noticed 24 hours later, star tagging had dropped off the radar.

[Addition: I guess some of us are baffled as to WHY people won't use them, even though the conference demo was actually humorous, and people temporarily adopted its use].

  1. Do you think star tags are useful?
  2. Why do you think people won't use them?
  3. Is there a way to aggregate star tags so that we are rewarded for accurately star tagging content?
  4. If we find a way to do #3, will people start star tagging inappropriately in order to get attention, e.g. tag themselves lighting a fart on fire as *9 when it didn't give us much of a flame?

BTW, *9!

asked Aug 23 '10 at 16:59

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edited Aug 26 '10 at 13:34

I can't say I'm the biggest Twitter user - but I've never heard of Star Tags before. I can't say I've ever seen a tweet using one. I looked through Twitter's help page and they explained @ & # useage, but didn't see anything there about using *.

Maybe that's why people don't use them too often?

answered Aug 26 '10 at 13:40

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Agreed (out of upvotes for today, sorry) -- I'm a heavy Twitter user (@Ageekmom) and I've never seen a star tag, ever, in a tweet on Twitter.

I don't even seen them in Chris' tweetstream, but I follow a lot of people and maybe he did during Gnomedex, itself?

(Aug 26 '10 at 19:38) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

This is the first time I've heard of using star tags. I'm not a mega-tweeter, but I do visit several times a day. I don't follow a lot of tech people, but I follow a lot of PR and social media types, so I would have thought it would have come up before. It's an interesting idea.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 00:14

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If someone explains Star Tags to me and how to use them I will

answered Aug 27 '10 at 00:17

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As far as I know, Chris tried to get people to use them a few weeks back (so to the best of my knowledge, Chris started the whole star tagging idea). In my opinion, it's really unnecessary. If you like a tweet, you can favorite it or retweet it. The only way I see star tagging being used is on a user's own tweets, and can you really trust that a user rated a tweet highly solely because the content was good?

answered Aug 27 '10 at 02:13

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