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Monday, January 30, 2006

Web 2.0 Tags

Yesterday, I blogged about the importance of tagging your blog(s). I decided to take some of my own advice and started browsing the tags of various web 2.0 sites. Then, I logged into my Technorati account and looked at my profile to see the tag cloud from my previous posts. Right away, I realized the blog tags I had initially configured for my blog didn't match what I'd been blogging about. I thought I'd be blogging about SEO, search engine marketing, PPC strategies for Google AdWords and other SEM-related topics similar to the articles I've written for sites like Search Engine Guide. Instead, I've found myself blogging about Technorati, tags, web 2.0 and related topics. I suspect at some point I'll get back to SEM posts but because of working on projects like TagMan, I've been intrigued by this whole notion of web 2.0.

Granted, I think the term "web 2.0" is a bit silly. What really defines web 2.0? Is something web 1.9 or web 1.9.0.1? Are some projects really web 2.0.1 or even web 2.5? Still, labels do help to distinguish what's happening as far as progress with web applications. And, clearly, this label has stuck. To that end, I agree with Steve Rubel, that we should "focus on the corral, not the signpost." Just look at the TechCrunch Index and you'll see a fair amount of startups and established firms innovating in this web 2.0 space. Whether you call this web 2.0 or not, it's innovation. Reminds me of the excitement of working at AOL in '95.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Whitney said...

Tagging is very powerfull. I wouldn't have found many excellent blogs had they not added tags. At Seekum we have supported tags since day one due to the unique usability of them. Tags are very versatile. They can be used to help the user remember or find web pages. They can be used to differentiate sets of links or items, and they can help find human links between ideas.

Tue Jan 31, 01:41:00 AM EST  
Blogger Richard said...

Hi Michael. Seekum looks like an interesting site. Tagging is very powerful but I wonder if it will also be abused much like meta keywords. Does your search engine ignore meta keywords?

Do you think tag stuffing/spamming will be a problem? Have you had any problems of this nature while developing Seekum?

Wed Feb 01, 10:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger fakir005 said...

Somebody complained that Tagging only creates traffic for tagging sites like Technorat. It creates no traffic for the people who provide the Contents for the articles. But I do believe that whether or not the tagging will provide a traffic will depend upon the search Engines that will pick up the Tag. Unless the search engines pick up the tag under an appropriate keyword the tag will go unnoticed. For example a tag like this will have to be listed by search Engines under the keyword pixel purchases if it is to be noticed by marketers who should know that history is goig to be made by NEW ERA WISP
http://www.newerawisp.blogspot.com
where all the pixel images will be 5,000 pixel in size (all 220 of them) and there will be no clutter of 10,000 100 pixel images.

Tue Feb 21, 02:37:00 PM EST  

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