Internet search is text based, at least for now and not anytime soon. (Note, at least some people have realized the importance of being able to search multi-media directly, like riya.com, to be released on Oct 31.)
The only solution to cope with this fact is to tag, with text, all and any non-text objects. Just as the definition given to tags: A strip of leather, paper, metal, or plastic attached to something or hung from a wearer's neck to identify, classify, or label: sale tags on all coats and dresses.
This is a rising phenomenon! Almost anything on the web is being tagged now, which enables much more powerful search, complicated indexing, cross referencing, and relevance-based search. In the end, all that we want to do about internet is to be able to organize the explosive amount of information, and to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. Tagging is certainly one step beyond primitive text-based search.
- Tagged Non-editorial News: digg.com
- Tagged Websites: del.icio.us
- Tagged Photoes: flickr.com
- Tagged Videos: revver.com
- Tagged Blogs: technorati.com
- Tagged Events: eventful.com
- Tagged Events: upcoming.org (now part of Yahoo!)
- Tagged personal goals: 43things.com
- More news about internet startup: TheStartupNews.com