Sunday, March 11, 2007

Technorati Mashup: Tool to Generate Blog Topic Ideas

After creating TagBuildr I've been thinking about ways to use more of Technorati's useful blog data. I'm working on TagMuse, a mashup that uses Technorati's popular search data to help generate ideas for writing blog posts. I suspect most bloggers append tags to a blog post after writing the post. I usually operate that way, but sometimes I have a few tags in mind while writing. The idea behind TagMuse is that perhaps knowing some tags ahead of time will make it easier to write a blog post. If a blogger has trouble generating ideas for a blog post, perhaps knowing what kind of posts people are searching for would provide some blog topic ideas. An example might help explain the concept behind TagMuse:

technorati popular searches

This shows the current popular searches on Technorati. Note that some of the search topics are in bold: , , , , , , , , , , . These are the ones that haven't been tagged as much. The idea, then, is for a blogger to write about a topic that people are currently actively looking for but other bloggers aren't writing about quite as much. For example, is a popular search term. Selecting that as a topic and hitting the "Get Tag Ideas" button grabs related tags and displays:

bebo related tags

Looking at this list might give a blogger ideas for writing a post. For instance, I might select the following tags and then hit the "Build Blog Tags" button: , , , , , . Those tags provide the theme for a blog entry. I might write a post about social networking and compare and contrast user loyalty or design or business model of the competing social networks: bebo, myspace, facebook, friendster.

Anyway, I hope that helps explain the concept behind TagMuse. Read the TagMuse FAQ for more details. The tool needs some alpha testing. Try it out and let me know if it helps you think of topics to write about. Let me know, too, if you have any problems using the tool.

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