Interesting discussion over at Nick BradBury Blog (FeedDemon) where he discussed adding Rank to OPML – I took a different tack to it and wrote the following comment on his blog:

Before we starting thinking of rank, we have to start thinking of categorization, and the ability to find/seek what we are looking for. Being around for while, I remember the web before Search (Altavista, Google,etc.), and how difficult it was to find something when you didn’t know were to look. Now that it has been categorized (still problems, just ask Scoble), we are now turning our attention to rank, and context to help find information from the clutter.

We all know that blogs and the contribution to blogs are growing like wild fire – and we are now producing so much that we can’t find what we are looking for, or the inverse, weed out what we don’t want.

OPML is not the answer, nor do I think a centralized search engine is as well. Thinking outside of the box for a second, I would like to think of DNS. It contains information that allows us to find what we are looking for, and it’s not centralized.

Could we not do for tags, that we have done for .net, .com, .org, etc. Could we not have tags that are registered within a library/DNS that we could then point to an “item” (defined by Alex in previous post) rather than a computer with a numerical address?

Tags is also something that I’m working on to categorize marketing messages, but I don’t want to “subscribe” I want to publish what I’m interested in – “items” delivered to me – now that would be aggregation at it finest (IMHO)

Tags are the step in the right direction, but before tags can really work we need to define them – much like we have defined .com, .net, etc. I have not thought it all the way through, as it would be great to discuss it and throw some ideas around. I bet however, that we could leverage what has worked out of DNS (decentralized, distributed, yet interconnected and update able) we could create a DNS for tags.

This base infrastructure would then allow categorization of “items” on the web, RSS feeds, etc. With that available, aggregators would return items that are marked appropriately for my interests – regardless of the feed, podcast, web, or whatever else we get going to disseminate information. What do you think? Am I way off base? If so, why?