Thomas Vander Wal: When Folksonomies Supplant Taxonomies

September 13th, 2010

When you’re sharing photos online, posting to your blog, arranging books on your bookshelves, or organizing your recipes, you come up with your own categorization systems. While there’s a science of classification called taxonomy, Internet developer and information architect Thomas Vander Wal has dubbed the on-the-fly categorization methods used by everyday people “folksonomy.”