For most note taking tools with links versus tags in terms of functionality this is the general rule of thumb I’ve taken:

Links are for expressing relationships and tags are for expressing membership.


  • #SMD The Zettelkasten that I talked abut in today’s session is Soren Bjornstad’s Zettelkasten. It is a very good example of a Zettelkasten - with two key points that I was trying to make:
  1. Use links to express relationships
  2. Use tags to express membership

Some warnings:

  1. Soren speak very fast
  2. The YT video is long
  3. If you are not familiar with Tiddlywikis, I would recommend watching only the first 15 minutes, which is about Zettelkastens.
  4. The discussion of linking is at 8:12 and the discussion of tagging starts at 9:40. If anyone has questions about, or is interested in Tiddlywikis, just ask. 1



  • broader terms (BT): links tags taxonomies
  • narrower terms (NT):
  • related terms (RT):
  • used for (UF) or aliases:

connected ideas: links vs tags


  1. Dan Allosso’s book club on How to Take Smart Notes - One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking — for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers | syndication link↩︎


February 20, 2022