What is the best possible way to integrate user post (text/media) without using hashtag (ex: Twitter) or tagging (ex: Quora/SE). I am building a social network site and I am confused with the integration of use generated post; it becomes comparatively easy to bring worldwide content searchable using hashtag or tagging but is there any other alternate?

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Unless you manage to create a new way of accomplishing this that materially improves some aspect of tagging and searching user generated content, I would advise you not to try and reinvent the wheel.

And, if I managed to create this new pattern, I certainly wouldn't be giving it away on StackExchange ;).

  • Last line of your answer makes complete sense to me. (+1) :) If there is any other alternate & better way then that would be the selling point of the website. I have got another way but I think I need to see how it can beat the existing systems. Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 6:50
  • Definitely test the new interaction with real users. Find a way to discover whether it improves on the existing experiences and what new usability issues it creates, if any.
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    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 15:04

Other than placing posts into categories and/or searching for keywords in posts, there do not seem to be any (in)famous options left. The hashtag is a very powerful way to index specific data strings and simply suffices in its job.


Natural Language Processing comes to mind. I read this primer article on Medium. Hope it is useful. https://medium.com/@mattkiser/getting-started-with-natural-language-processing-54c7c90170e0

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