Reactive Tags: Associating Behaviour to Prescriptive Tags

Social tagging is one of the hallmarks of Web2.0. The most
common role of tags is descriptive. However, tags are being
used for other purposes such as to indicate some actions to
be conducted on the resource (e.g. “toread”). This work
focuses on “prescriptive tags” that have associated some implicit
behaviour in the user’s mind. So far, little support is
given for the automation of this “implicit behaviour”, more
to the point, if this behaviour is outside the tagging site.
This paper introduces the notion of “reactive tags” as a
means for tagging to impact sites other than the tagging site
itself. The operational semantics of reactive tags is defined
through event-condition-action rules. Events are the action
of tagging. Conditions check for additional data. Finally,
rule’s actions might impact someone else’s account in a different
website. The specification of this behaviour semantics
is hidden through a graphical interface that permits users
with no programming background to easily associate “reactions”
to the act of tagging. A working system, TABASCO,
is presented as proof of concept.

This publication has not any associated prototype.


University of the basque country