Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Flickr TagMan for Bitty Browser

I came across Bitty Browser via the Web 2.0 Million Dollar Homepage. I've created a version of the Flickr TagMan game that should fit in a Bitty Browser. Here's a screenshot:

Flickr Game

Click on the above image to play a game. Let me know if the game is playable in the smaller window. If you want a version for your site, click on the "Source" button along the buttonbar and use the code for your site. The original Flickr TagMan display 4 photos when you win a game. This Bitty Browser version displays 3 photos.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

TagMan Traffic Report

Here are links to recent visitors to the TagMan game (fun way to explore web2.0 tags):

Blackbear United Football Club
3spots: Tag game: Tagman
Squidoo: TagMan (This is one of my Squidoo lenses)

I think the brrreeeport test is over. I expect this'll be the last post I tag as such.

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Cheney Edgeio Brrreeeport

I noticed earlier today that brrreeeport is no longer a hot tag on Technorati. However, it has still been one of the top searches. Earlier it was #10 and is now #12. That made me wonder how much overlap there is between the top searches and the top tags on Technorati. Currently, of the 15 top searches and 25 hot tags, only 2 overlap: cheney and edgeio.

Play a game of Technorati TagMan - it's a fun way to explore the popular tags. Doesn't look like you'll be stumped by a clue like "_ r r r _ _ _ _ _ _ _" right now. ;-)

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Don't rrreeead this brrreeeport

Don't read. Play. I'd appreciate help from my fellow z-listers who are exploring all of the brrreeeport-tagged blogs and blog posts. Play a game of TagMan, a hangman game for web 2.0 tags. Choose your version:

Play Technorati TagMan
Play Flickr TagMan
Play Squidoo TagMan
Play del.icio.us TagMan

Each version will randomly grab a tag from the corresponding site's popular tags page. You never know, brrreeeport could be the answer. ;-)

After playing a game (or two), let me know what you think about running ads in the game. Please post comments to this blog post or the Tagvertising Experiment post. Thanks. I hope you enjoy the game.

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technorati brrreeeport

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tagvertising Experiment

I'm not convinced that tagvertising will work. I certainly don't think a commercial tag cloud where an entire site is simply paid tags makes much sense. I'm wondering, though, if it makes sense to have ads on TagMan. Advertisers could buy tags and their ad would be displayed during the game while someone is guessing letters. I'd want the ads to be intrusive enough to catch people's attention but not so intrusive that they'd hinder gameplay. I'm going to try an experiment. I'll upload ads from my search engine marketing clients and will track the results. This will help determine a CPM or CPC value for these sorts of ads. If the ads don't yield good results for my clients, I won't sell them to advertisers. I never planned on commercializing TagMan. This is just one of those random thoughts that materialized a couple of days ago. I might not run ads even after this experiment. Post a comment if you'd like to answer any of these questions:
  1. Would you buy ads on TagMan?
  2. What size ad would command attention but not hinder gameplay?
  3. Should ads be sold per game version (Technorati, Flickr, etc) or per tag?
  4. Should ads be sold on a CPC, CPM or fixed (perhaps monthly) fee basis?
  5. How much should I charge for ads (per tag and/or per game version)?
  6. What minimum traffic stats would a potential advertiser want to see before purchasing?
  7. Would ads somehow spoil the game?
If the ads were sold on a tag basis and advertisers purchased tags relevant to their site, the ads would have the dual benefit of serving as a hint for the game. That might be kind of cool.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Overseas TagMan Traffic BrrReeeport

It's interesting to see that people all over the world are enjoying a game (or two) of TagMan. Here's a brrreeeport (aren't these tags silly?) of some recent referrals to TagMan from overseas:

Bitconomy.dk
BlueAce.nl
PixelGraphix.de
Shamalt.uw.hu

The funny thing is they could all be saying, "TagMan sucks." Guess I should run them through a translator. Still, if they've linked to TagMan and people visited from their site and played a game, I'll link back.

Where's your link to TagMan?

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Tags in the Blogosphere

In the first part of Dave Sifry's State of the Blogosphere report, he mentions the rise of tagging. Are blog tags really useful or do they indicate a problem with blog search? If blog search is very accurate, why are tags necessary? Aren't blog tags, essentially, meta tags? Haven't traditional search engines moved beyond meta tags, for the most part? Will blog search engines evolve beyond tags or is there somehow a difference and will these tags aid in blog search?

Forget about all these questions and enjoy a game of Technorati TagMan. ;-)

I'd be curious to see if more people use Technorati Search or Technorati Tags. I'd imagine Search since that's the default and is more prominent on the Technorati home page. I suppose the more important answer would be to know which do users find more relevant. Perhaps that would help determine the utility of blog tags for the long term.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

TagMan Traffic BrrReeeport

I'm tracking the incoming traffic to TagMan. Here are a few sources of recent visits:

ResearchBuzz Roundup 021406
Shall we play a game? | Willy Dobbe
TagMan - guess the flickr tag - Fosfor Gadgets

If you link to TagMan or have seen a link to TagMan, let me know by posting a comment to this blog. Link to any of these pages:

TagMan
TagMan FAQ
Technorati TagMan
Flickr TagMan
Squidoo TagMan
del.icio.us TagMan
TagMan Squidoo Lens

When playing a game of TagMan, be aware that there are some pretty strange looking tags such as brrreeeport. Also, many tags contain numbers as well as letters. Enjoy exploring web 2.0 tags via the game.

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TagMan brrreeeport

If you're playing the Technorati version of TagMan and see a strange word like brrreeeport, see the brrreeeport report for an explanation. It'll be interesting to see if this tag creeps into the other web 2.0 sites such as del.icio.us and Flickr. There's a TagMan version for those sites as well as Squidoo. Play a game and see what other strange tags you can find.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Novel use of del.icio.us

I was reading Steve Rubel's Micro Persuasion blog last week and noticed he's found a novel way to use del.icio.us. He writes:

"Just post anything you think I would be interested in linking to under the “for:steverubel” tag. I check this feed more often than I read email pitches. The reason is that when I am emailing I am all about communicating. When I am feed reading, I am in blogging mode."

I decided to try telling him about the TagMan game via this method and tagged the TagMan FAQ with the for:steverubel tag on del.icio.us. Within a few hours, he wrote a post called Play Games with Flickr, Squidoo, del.icio.us or Technorati Tags including a screenshot of the game. I'm not sure which was more intriguing: that a bunch of people were playing the game or that this novel use of a web 2.0 site had worked.

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Friday, February 03, 2006

TagMan Blog Recap

New Blog for TagMan

I've decided to create a separate blog for TagMan. I've been pleased with the interest in the game and I hope people are enjoying playing the game and exploring tags from various web 2.0 sites. I'll devote this blog to TagMan and will keep Apogee Weblog focused on my core business, online marketing.