Since Friday, I’ve seen a few blogs that refer to our Social Bookmarks as Tagspace, and some that also assume we aim to compete with Delicious and other social bookmarking sites.
The MSDN and TechNet sites are not trying to compete with the current players in the social space. Our launch is not about Microsoft trying to get into the social bookmarking market – we’re simply trying to open MSDN and TechNet up to the technical community so that our customers can be more successful. See Dan Truax's most recent post on this.
We believe the future of the online experience will be inherently social and that we should invest in ways to allow people to contribute, connect, and share on our sites – including tagging and sharing resources they find useful from our sites (like Forums threads) and from other sites.
Jeff Day, our Group Program Manager has also blogged on this and related topics.
With this in mind, we are not simply building a social bookmarking application, but also a new Social Platform beneath it that will provide shared services across all of our apps for tagging, identity, and recognition. Dan Truax (our General Manager) recently wrote a blog post about our Social Platform. In it, he also states our commitment to public APIs that should open up interesting integration scenarios with other Microsoft sites and non-Microsoft sites.
Re Tagspace, the Tagspace project was a very valuable experiment, and we learned a lot. We’re leveraging those learnings in the design and development of our Social Platform and of new social apps like Social Bookmarks.
But the code itself is all new.
Hope that helps.
If you’d like to talk about it more, the MSDN and TechNet Futures Forums are a good place to have a conversation.
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