Congratulations to Thomas Vander Wal for having his neologism 'folksonomy' featured in the 'Year in Ideas' issue of the New York Times!
Not convinced about folksonomies? As the item says:
People aren't really categorizing information," Vander Wal says. "They're throwing words out there for their own use." But the cumulative force of all the individual tags can produce a bottom-up, self-organized system for classifying mountains of digital material.Now, that's a powerful idea, isn't it? Well done, Thomas!
The rest of the list is a bit weird. There are some good ideas, like the readable medicine bottle, do-it-yourself cartography and the man who discovered why yawning is contageous (usability people beware; it's to do with empathy!), but I wasn't so sure about in-vitro meat (apparently co-developed by NASA and some Dutch scientists) or, for that matter 2-dimensional food.
Still, I guess they are all signs-of-the-Times, and folksonomies is one of them.