tjcrowder noted that Boing Boing is reporting that Flickr has filed for a patent
on a system for determining "interestingness"
. From the patent application abstract:
"Media objects, such as images or soundtracks, may be ranked according to a new class of metrics known as "interestingness." These rankings may be based at least in part on the quantity of user-entered metadata concerning the media object, the number of users who have assigned metadata to the media object, access patterns related to the media object, and/or a lapse of time related to the media object."
So basically, nobody else can use tags to label files. Totally original thinking from the folks at flickr. *cough*