You’ve got to hand it to those Google guys for coming up with out-of-the-box thinking.
As John also points out, what Google call labels the rest of the planet know as tags.
I just wish Google would use the terminology the rest of the web has already settled upon. It’s not a label. It’s a tag. “Tag” means something – an intentional attribute given to an object on the web. That’s what we are doing here. How about we help Google come up with a new name?
So what is it then? It is two things:
- An addictive bit of simple fun. You are randomly partnered with someone else then the two of you have 90 seconds to agree on at least one label for each of the images [from within Google Image Search] you are presented with. If you both enter the same label, you gain 100 points and another image is presented.
An ideal bit of fun to dip in to for a few minutes the next time you fill your coffee cup. Be warned though, be prepared for you to be still playing it as you finally drain the cup!
- An innovative way of building up folksonomy around the images that Google reference. By harnessing peoples natural addiction to this sort of game, [As of the moment someone named eGrunt has amassed the staggering total of 1,324,400 points – does this person sleep!] they are rapidly building up a human-validated set of search tags for their images – all for free. At the moment there does not seem to be any value, other than qudos, attached to the points gained.
Google, like many of us who have tried to find relevant images from their Image Search, have identified that just scouring the page [that contains an image] for relevant keywords is not as useful as you would expect in cataloguing the image its self.
One benefit unique advantage Google have in launching such an initiative is their global reach. They launch a new Beta, within hours the Google watchers blog about it, within a day or so thousands are playing with it.
Would something like this work for
cataloging tagging your dusty collection – probably not as most players would grow old waiting for a partner. But how long before a Google Book Search version appears? In which case the question will be, will Google see this as more secret-source or would they provide an open api to it?