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Monday, January 01, 2007

Announcing TagBuildr - Free Tool for Blog Tags

On this first day of 2007, I'm launching TagBuildr. It generates an alternative to Technorati Tags I'm calling Apogee Tags. Simply enter a list of tags and it builds them using the rel-tag microformat. The holidays are one of the few times during the year I have a chance to work on some side projects. Last holiday break, I launched the TagMan game. In the year since, I've been thinking about tags and blogs and realized it's a bit silly to keep creating links for the benefit of Technorati. If you want an alternative to Technorati Tags for your blog posts, try TagBuildr.

I think Apogee Tags are, in some ways, more useful than Technorati Tags because they link to tag resource pages for Flickr, and Squidoo as well as Technorati. This is accomplished through a TagSummary tool (which people might also find helpful) that is used to create each Apogee Tag page. If you want some underlying details, read this Apogee Tags test post from the TagMan game blog. Basically, though, it works like this: Any tag is mapped to a corresponding TagSummary page. For example, these are equivalent pages:

The latter page is the tag format that will get picked up by blog search engines like Technorati and IceRocket. Well, Happy New Year and let me know if you find TagBuildr and/or TagSummary useful tools!

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