A current dumb, but popular, trend is to get user to tag pages.
How valuable is a Technorati tag page to a Google user? Probably just about worthless, IMHO. The only reason they exist is that it gives bloggers crumbs of exposure in exchange for their link equity, and it gives Technorati a way to build authority and get an automated scraper to pass as real content. Other large sites have started following this tag example, and allow users to use non-descriptive labels like 2000, hip, and cool to tag their content. As if this tag noise was not bad enough for people trying to look past the clutter and actually find something, some of these sites use the tags to create additional content pages.
What are these page? They are a perfect example of low information quality pages. Some dumb content management systems and blog plug-ins take the noise one step further by cross referencing the tags, having a virtually infinite set of tags that will keep generating more cross referenced tag pages until search engines get sick of wasting their bandwidth and your link equity indexing the low value garbage.
A set of loosely defined tag pages is no better than a low quality search result page. Search engines have long ago decided they generally didn't want to index the search results from other search engines. When too many of their own results are these noisy tag pages eventually they are going to turn against tags...maybe not via any official statements, but some sites will just not rank as well.
Search engines react to the noise in the marketplace then the marketplace creates new types of noise to pollute the SERPs. Then the search engines react to the noise in the marketplace. Then the marketplace creates new types of noise to pollute the SERPs. Tags are noise and they will have their day.
Why would you want to let users outside of your business interests control your information architecture and internal link structure when Google is getting picky about what they are willing to index? Why waste your link equity and bandwidth?
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