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An Annotation Paradigm: The Social Hyperlink

Thomas Ciszek, Xin Fu

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


We seek to understand how hyperlinks act as agents of annotation and play a fundamental role in how we seek and interpret information on the Internet. Recognizing that the hyperlink is a form of latent human annotation, we emphasize the significance of hyperlinking to establish authority. Furthermore, we assess the evolution of hyperlink taxonomies, acknowledging that as annotations, hyperlinks have developed into socio-cognitive entities. In the second generation of the Internet (particularly the Blogosphere), we seek to confirm the existence of social motivations for hyperlinking; thus substantiating the idea of a social hyperlink as a phenomenon prerequisite to the development of a social-linking theory.

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