My students have become acquainted this semester with the social bookmarks manager del.icio.us. As bandwidth increases along with the desire for audio-visual media, it will be interesting to see if we will be able to share podcasts and videoblogs with each other the way we are now sharing bookmarks and pictures (via flickr, for example). Obviously the networks will have their own schemes for how to deliver digital audio and video to us in a way that preserves their old broadcast model. I suggest that we need to build an alternative system with at least these two characteristics:
- We must find a way to allow people to "tag" segments of digital media files, the way we now tag webpages, blog posts and pictures. It is not enough to tag an entire media file. To make a usable folksonomy possible, we need to be able to tag at a more granular level.
- We must all, podcasters, videobloggers, and others, begin to license (via Creative Commons) our content in such a way that we can tag and remix each other's work, and so that whoever builds a folksonomy-based search system for digital media will be able to legally host the tagged clips that we will make from each other's media files. [I have sketched out a social clips manager that would allow us to do just that. I call podilicious.]