Of all the posts I’ve done on this blog relating to SharePoint, my article denouncing folders is by far the most popular. I later wrote about improvements to folders in 2010, and this video is a culmination of those two posts. I was asked in the comments on the former post about a visual representation explaining why using custom content types and metadata is superior then just using folders to classify content. I looked to see if anyone had done something like it already, but I surprisingly couldn’t find anything.
This video demonstrates two extremes, and I also explain the technological improvements that allow you to walk the line between then. It is still important to note, however, that folders still fall short as a classification method. SharePoint provides a great opportunity to rethink how information should and could be classified to maximize your organization’s information and assisting others in finding it. I also mention a post on documents sets by my friend Michal Pisarek that can be found on the Microsoft Get the Point blog.