Now isn’t it great :-). After yesterday’s reports that Oracle had brought its mind around the concept of social tagging (a nice harbinger for large corporates), here comes WordPress and changes the rules.
Actually, what they’ve done is recognize that “tags” (or keywords) are not the same as “categories” (or taxonomies). In their own words, tags are a transient creature, varied, prolific, maybe used only once for a single piece of content… whereas categories are pre-defined sections for different themes or subjects, staid and stable references for navigation.
Personally I’m glad they saw the light (it was getting hard to manage tags and categories with a single tag-oriented classification mechanism, in this blog). It will cause some havoc among RSS services (what do you want to track?). It will also help to shine the light on the differences and different uses of folksonomies and taxonomies… not from a theoretical point of view, but from the ground up: in several million blogs. In a year from now, I won’t have to explain those concepts again.
Well… hope so :-).