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I tried to add “wwii” to this photo in the Flickr collection of Library of Congress photos, but was told that the 75-tag limit had already been met.

I wonder if Flickr can be persuaded to up its limit? There’s info we’re not capturing!

4 Responses to “Yo, Flickr: Tear down your tag limit!”

  1. on 26 Jan 2008 at 1:47 amSteve C.

    I’m wondering if there should be some kind of limit on the number of tags? (…and if so what should that limit be?) While I agree with your more is better theory, if a picture has too many tags, wouldn’t that make the tags irrelevant? (Many of them seem irrelevant already.)

  2. on 26 Jan 2008 at 2:10 amSteve C.

    Ooopps…I didn’t read the previous post. (Plus I thought you were trying to tag the photo with “wii” and couldn’t see the relevance…What a dope!)

    Anyway, my previous question still stands…if meaningless tags downgrade the classification, any thoughts on how the system might be rectified?

  3. on 26 Jan 2008 at 3:47 amJan

    we should be able to tag group of tags… ;)

  4. on 26 Jan 2008 at 9:25 amDavid Weinberger

    I’d like to see an experiment in allowing unlimited tags. Flickr has shown itself to be devilishly clever at analyzing clusters of tags, so it may be that even with unlimited tags, the screwier ones get marginalized statistically, but are still available for those with highly specific interests.

    Maybe. But that’s why I’d like to see the experiment. And I’m curious about the numbers of tags on pages at, since that site allows an indefinite number of people to tag the same page, presumably with an unlimited number of aggregate tags.