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Benefit 7: Sparking Innovation

You might not think of tagging as a source of innovation, but an interesting pattern consistently emerges in systems that provide both tags and data feeds. Data feeds are a way to pull information out of your tagging system. When you architect your tagging system to provide a data feed for every single tag, you’ve created a basic read-write system for your application.

Users can write data through tagging, and they can extract it by using a data feed. Interestingly, this approach has created many innovative tagging mash-ups and services. Geotagging—using tags to assign latitude and longitude coordinates to resources—began as a simple set of tagging conventions and a system that used data feeds to grab that geographic data and place it on a map.

Tagging systems that provide data feeds for their tags often get the benefit of user-generated innovation.

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