Blog, news, ecommerce: Does genre matter for taggers?

Lala Hajibayova


This study presents an analysis of over 7000 tags assigned to 36 online resources. Analysis of the genre tags revealed that users’ preferences in assigning tags emerged from the context of the resource. Study revealed significant variance in tagging vocabulary across four content categories and three resource genres. Based on Bakhtin’s genre theory (1986), this study suggests that utilization of genre should be grounded on language, in particular, on its meaning it carries to a particular group of individuals.

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