Tagging and Ratings


  • Uncovering how to configure tagging and ratings
  • Learning how to expose popular artifacts to the “social enterprise”
  • Understanding what Managed Metadata is and how it relates to tagging

Chapter 12 discussed the origins of social networking, as well as how the popularity of social media developed. The chapter also began uncovering the social features of SharePoint 2010, and why these features will help productivity in your organization. This chapter is dedicated to tagging and ratings inside SharePoint 2010.

There are no virtually no limits to what can be tagged inside SharePoint 2010. Any item that has a URL associated with it can be tagged. Among such items are:

  • Web pages (internal/external)
  • List items
  • Documents

In the past, SharePoint was mainly a closed environment, which rarely reached outside the company. The ability to tag external websites makes the possibilities staggering in regard to what can be tagged. The negative aspect of this functionality is that the number of tags users create can also become problematic. This chapter also presents a solution to help organize tags and present them in a more coherent fashion.

The action of tagging a SharePoint item is essentially attaching additional information to help with categorizing or organizing items. For example, think of a scenario where a table has a pile of random books. Nobody knows what each book contains or even what the subject is of each book. You probably don’t ...

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