Wednesday, January 31, 2007

WTF is Technorati WTF?

There are a reports from reliable sources of a new Technorati feature called . In this case, the acronym is "Where's the Fire?" and is some sort of way for users to explain what's hot. I know I'm often a little perplexed when I look at the Top Searches & Tags on Technorati. For instance, looking right now, I don't know what these are: , , , , . Rather than having to wade through blog posts to figure out what those searches or tags pertain to, it would be useful to have explanations for each one. Perhaps that's the goal. Let users of Technorati help other users of Technorati by offering quick explanations around the "hot" topics. Note that the Technorati TagMan game uses this data for answers.

Technorati Tags Game

NOT Technorati Tags (make your own with TagBuildr): ,

Monday, January 29, 2007

Technorati Tags by Category

The Technorati TagMan game uses popular tags as a keyword database. I find it's sometimes interesting to take a look at these tags and see what's popular. The keyword tags often fit into the same categories: Technology (hardware, software, internet), Celebrity, Politics, and Blogosphere (keywords that don't seem to make sense anywhere but in the realm of blogs). For example, here's a breakdown of some recent popular tags, by these categories:
Note that the above tags aren't actually . Each is a TagSummary. Use these tags (they're compatible with Technorati tags) for your blog with the free TagBuildr tool.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Why is Google Blogging About Robots.txt?

Not quite sure why this post, Controlling how search engines access and index your website, is on the main Google Blog instead of the Google Webmaster Central Blog. Anyway, the post is about the robots.txt file. It's always worth validating a robots.txt file anytime you create one or update one. This is not a file you want to have errors in. Here's the robots.txt validator I've been using lately.

NOT Technorati Tags (make your own with TagBuildr): , , ,

Technorati-like Tags for your Blog

Please excuse yet another test of TagBuildr. If you arrived at this blog due to any of the following tags:

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...then TagBuildr is working just fine.

Build tags for your own blog with TagBuildr!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Google is Assimilating YouTube

Google is now incorporating YouTube videos in their Google Video search results. For details see the official Google blog post and the press release. They're also testing video distribution using AdSense. That's an interesting development. For details, see this Inside AdSense blog post.

Tags (make your own with TagBuildr): , ,

Monday, January 22, 2007

Another TagBuildr Test - Try TagBuildr for Your Blog

Testing TagBuildr...

If you got to this blog post via any of these tags on Technorati: , , , , , , , , ,

...then TagBuildr is working. Build tags for your blog >>

Friday, January 19, 2007

Try Free TagBuildr Tool to Replace Technorati Tags

Try TagBuildr for just one blog post. It creates Apogee Tags, an alternative to Technorati Tags. TagBuildr creates tags you can cut-and-paste into your blog post. These tags are compatible with Technorati. Read the FAQ for more info. Here's a sample of what an Apogee Tag looks like, for the tag :

apogee tag - kyrill

See more examples: , , , , , , , . I'm hoping the tags pages are useful in and of themselves. If you try TagBuildr for your blog, let me know if it works well for you! I'm thinking of making the design and the code open source so people can make tags to keep on their own sites. If you are interested, let me know.

Make tags for your blog >>

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Technorati Taggiversary

Technorati logoTechnorati's been using tags for two years now. Happy Taggiversary to you, Technorati! Their founder, Dave Sifry, explains that his company is "increasingly going beyond blogs to present to you the best of the Live Web, no matter what the media type might be. Because of our changes, tags are a better way than ever for citizen publishers of all kinds to categorize their work, making it all the more visible to people who want to find their stuff." Accordingly, they've updated their tag pages. While it's cool to track all this different information in various formats (blogs, images, video, etc), the interface is a bit confusing and cluttered. I don't know how most people use it, but I like to use Technorati to find information on blogs. Now, to get to the blog posts, you need to click on the "Blogs" tab on a tag page. It's easy to miss that. I count seven tabs. I wonder how many people actually click on those tabs - and which ones.

I've switched from using Technorati Tags to Apogee Tags for my blog posts. It's cool that Technorati supports tags other than their own. I've been impressed with the responsiveness of Dave Sifry. I've seen him answer questions via blog comments beyond his site and Technorati's. When I was working on Technorati TagMan, Niall Kennedy (no longer with the company) answered some questions I had and helped me improve the game. I wonder if 2007 will be the year Technorati gets gobbled up by a bigger firm. Google? Yahoo? Microsoft? How about AOL?

I've updated TagBuildr which creates Apogee Tags for use in blog posts. Each Apogee Tag is a TagSummary. The goal is not to keep people on my site. Rather, it's to provide a starting point to explore a given tag across multiple web 2.0 sites: Technorati, Flickr, del.icio.us and Squidoo. So that the tag pages don't look too dull, I'm grabbing a few Flickr photos if they exist for the tag. Try a couple of example tags to get an idea:

apogee-web-consulting.com/tagman/tag/dave+sifry
apogee-web-consulting.com/tagman/tag/niall+kennedy
apogee-web-consulting.com/tagman/tag/mybloglog
apogee-web-consulting.com/tagman/tag/yahoo

Note that, when Technorati is slow, it can be faster to get from a blog post to the Technorati list of blog posts via Apogee Tags than Technorati Tags. Compare these two paths:
  1. Click on Technorati Tag in post > Wait for Technorati Tag page (with ads) to load > Click on Blogs tab > Arrive at Technorati blog posts page for a given tag
  2. Click on Apogee Tag in post > Don't wait long for page with only up to a few Flickr photos to load > Click on "Read posts tagged" link for tag > Arrive at Technorati blog posts page for that tag
So, if you use Technorati Tags in your blog posts, consider trying TagBuildr to generate tags. Happy Taggiversary!

Apogee Tags: , , , , ,

Saturday, January 06, 2007

TagBuildr FAQ, Bug Fixes, Test

I've fixed some bugs and created a TagBuildr FAQ. Hopefully, this'll be my last test post. (Again, I do apologize for cluttering up the Technorati tags pages.) Would you consider using TagBuildr to create Apogee Tags and use them in place of Technorati Tags?

Testing tag output from TagBuildr:

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Testing Free Blog Tagging Tool

This is another test of TagBuildr, a free tool which creates Apogee Tags, an alternative to Technorati Tags. Each tag is actually a TagSummary. Testing Apogee Tags (this should be my last test - I do apologize for cluttering up the tags on Technorati - need to make sure TagBuildr works):

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Monday, January 01, 2007

TagBuildr Test Post