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Thursday, January 04, 2007

2007 Blog Predictions Meme

I've been tagged by fellow 9ruler, Andrew Wee, regarding his Blog Predictions 2007 Meme. I'll play. Here are two blog predictions for 2007:
  1. Bloggers will gradually stop using Technorati Tags.
  2. Google will actually start blogging.
TagMan gameLet me start by saying I really like Technorati. The first version of the TagMan game for web 2.0 tags I wrote was Technorati TagMan. However, the Technorati site is too slow and often unreliable. Plus, the new tags pages are too cluttered. Too many images, videos and not enough blog posts. They're trying to do too many things. Besides, they've got way too many backlinks, don't you think? I realized recently that I could create tags for blog posts that would get picked up by blog search engines like Technorati without having to link to them. From their tags help page:
If your blog software doesn't support categories or you're not sure, you can still participate. To associate a post with a Technorati Tag all you have to do is tag your post by including a special link in the body of your post. Please note that two word tags should be joined by a "+". For example:
  • <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/[tagname]" rel="tag">[tagname]</a>
  • <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/[tagname]+[tagname]" rel="tag">[tagname tagname]</a>
  • <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/global+warming" rel="tag">global warming</a>
The [tagname] can be anything, but it should be descriptive. Please only use tags that are relevant to the post. You do not need to include the brackets, just the descriptive keyword for your post. Just make sure to include rel="tag". You do not have to link to Technorati. You can link to any web page that ends in a tag - even your own site! For example, these tag links would also be included:
  • <a href="http://apple.com/ipod" rel="tag">iPod</a>
  • <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity" rel="tag">Gravity</a>
  • <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/tags/chihuahua" rel="tag">Chihuahua</a>
So, I've implemented a tag solution I'm calling Apogee Tags for my blogs that adheres to the rel-tag microformats specification. These tags can be generated using the TagBuildr tool. Each tag links to a TagSummary page which will load much faster than a given Technorati tags page. Plus, these summary pages link to tag resources across many web 2.0 sites including Flickr, del.icio.us, Squidoo as well as Technorati. Compare these tag pages:

http://www.apogee-web-consulting.com/tagman/tag/technorati+tags
http://www.technorati.com/tag/technorati+tags

Which is more useful, loads faster, and has less ads? ;-)
If you prefer the Technorati page, keep using their tags. If you like the Apogee Tag, then feel free to use TagBuildr for your blog posts. Or, implement a similar solution for your own site. At any rate, I predict more bloggers will realize, like I did, that blog tags don't have to link to Technorati to be listed on their site. Why keep boosting their link count?

Regarding my second prediction, ask yourself this: Is a blog without comments really a blog? Or is it just a web page, an article, a press release, something other than a blog? Even if you contend that a blog without comments is still a blog, you must admit it's rather ironic for the company that owns Blogger to not have comments on their own corporate blogs. See the discussion on Zoli's blog post, The Official Google Blog is NOT a Blog, to see Google chime in. Isn't that also a bit ironic to have Googlemployees posting comments? Maybe I'm too much of a dork but this seems *really* funny to me. Here's what I hear Google saying:
Hey! We can comment on your blogs about our blogs not having comments, but you can't comment on our blogs because, well, we don't allow comments. We do really like feedback, though, so come visit our handy dandy members-spamming-helping-members groups. Have fun guessing who's a spammer, who's a troll and who actually has a legitimate answer for you. We'll post answers if we feel like it. Maybe. We're just too darn busy on our mission "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" that we simply don't have time to organize the information about Google's core asset, search. Ha ha! Silly peasants.
I am a dork. I'm laughing at that quote I just wrote. Well, time to tag some others for this blog meme and build some blog tags with TagBuildr. I'll tag some more 9rules members:
  1. Mike Rundle
  2. Martin Ringlein
  3. Jeff Gates
  4. Jon Christopher
  5. James Mathias
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2 Comments:

Anonymous andrew wee said...

Richard,
perhaps google sees blogger as a CMS.
with the emphasis on content MANAGEMENT....

Thu Jan 04, 10:31:00 AM EST  
Blogger Richard said...

Yeah, Andrew, you could be right. If they view it as simply a one-way publishing tool and not a vehicle for two-way conversation, then it's just a CMS. Guess it depends what your definition of blog is. I haven't seen a good answer to "Is a blog without comments a blog?" The Wikipedia blog definition states, "The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs." Not that Wikipedia is, necessarily, authoritative, but that definition makes it sound like comments are a common but optional feature of a blog.

Thu Jan 04, 08:07:00 PM EST  

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