Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

Information Technology and Libraries

Volume

32

Issue

3

First Page

5

Last Page

19

DOI

10.6017/ital.v32i3.3093

ISSN

2163-5226

Abstract

Social networking sites made possible through Web 2.0 allow for unique user-generated tags called “searchable signatures.” These tags move beyond the descriptive and act as means for users to assert online individual and group identities. This paper presents a study of searchable signatures on the Instagram application, demonstrating that these types of tags are valuable not only because they allow for both individuals and groups to engage in what social theorist Axel Honneth calls the “struggle for recognition,” but also because they provide contextual use data and sociohistorical information so important to the understanding of digital objects. Methods for the gathering and display of searchable signatures in digital library environments are also explored.

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0. Initially published in Information Technology and Libraries, 2013. Available at http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/article/view/3093

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