Saturday, March 31, 2007

Testing WebProNews Video Clip

Strange to see myself mentioned in a WebProNews video clip. Let's see if it will display in a blog post:

Tags (byo w/ TagBuildr or TagMuse): , , ,

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

TagMuse: Learning 2.0 + kcls27things

I've noticed some unusual tags via TagMuse lately. These appear to be related: , . Looks like a library learning program that is generating some interest in the blogosphere. Read the KCLS Learning 2.0 27 Things FAQ for more info. That says:
Learning 2.0 aims to show you and your colleagues 27 things - new (or newish) web tools and trends that are increasingly popular in libraries and increasingly popular with our patrons. Blogging, MySpace, YouTube (for video sharing) and Flickr (for photo sharing) are just some of the things the program focuses on.
They also have a Flickr group set up. BTW, KCLS = King County Library System. Learning 2.0 looks like an interesting program.

Tags (byo w/ TagBuildr or TagMuse): , , , , , ,

Monday, March 26, 2007

Technorati Search is Global

I wonder if more people use Technorati outside of the United States. Looking at TagMuse today (which gets data from Technorati popular searches and related tags), many of the search topics pertain to European sites. Examples:
  1. : German media portal (English version) for videos and photos (sort of a YouTube + Flickr web2.0 hybrid)
  2. : Launch of a German site for private lending (
  3. : BarCamp event in Italy
Is this an indication that European users are more into Technorati than Americans?

Tags (byo w/ TagBuildr or the NEW TagMuse Technorati mashup): , , ,

Thursday, March 22, 2007

TagMuse: Apple TV

Via TagMuse, here's a new popular tag: . This is the official Apple TV page. Many popular blogs are talking about it today: Gizmodo, Engadget, Lifehacker.

Try TagMuse.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

TagMuse and Technorati WTF

TagMuseSometimes it's a little confusing looking at the popular searches on Technorati (that's where TagMuse gets its data). I can see why Technorati introduced their WTF feature. It gives some context to these searches. At least it provides the potential for offering explanations about these searches without necessitating wading through blog posts to try to figure out WTF everyone is searching for.

For instance, right now TagMuse is identifying 7 of the top 10 searches on Technorati as topics that might be worth blogging about. (The idea is to identify top searches that aren't in top tags - topics many people are searching for but not as many people have blogged about it. Read the TagMuse FAQ if that doesn't make sense.) These are the 7 topics: , , , , , , . In fact, is actually the #1 blog search according to Technorati. Hmm, WTF is this about? No idea. Try Technorati WTF for steven furtick. There are currently 5 WTF blurbs on that topic. A couple of things I'm trying to figure out:
  1. Does Technorati WTF add value? IOW, is it more useful to read those WTF blurbs than to actually sift through blog posts?
  2. Is TagMuse a good idea? Read the FAQ, try it and let me know.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

TagMuse: highrise

I'm seeing on the TagMuse list. Looks like 37signals quietly launched their new CRM software called Highrise. Take the tour. More coverage via Mashable and Scobleizer.

BTW, try TagMuse (a Technorati mashup) to see what's happening in the blogosphere and/or to get ideas for your own blog posts.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

TagMuse: twittervision

Checking TagMuse earlier today, I noticed this new tag: . Looks like a cool mashup of the Twitter feed and Google Maps API. Watch twittervision.

Tags (byo w/ TagBuildr): , , , , , , ,

Sunday, March 18, 2007

TagMuse: goplan

Checking on TagMuse this morning, I noticed the tag. Check out the goplan blog for the story...

Friday, March 16, 2007

CeBIT Tags

I've been using the new TagMuse Technorati mashup the past few days. Today, it's telling me that is a popular blog topic. Turns out that CeBIT is the "world's largest computer expo." Here's a description from the official site:
CeBIT is the world's largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments. The key target groups are users from industry, the wholesale/retail sector, skilled trades, banks, the services sector, government agencies, science and all users passionate about technology. CeBIT offers an international platform for comparing notes on current industry trends, networking, and product presentations. Deutsche Messe AG has organized CeBIT in Hannover each spring since 1986.
These are the related tags (according to TagMuse): , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Squidoo Startup Secrets Seth Says

Interesting web 2.0 startup advice from Seth Godin in his Happy Squidoo Day post. Squidoo is an unusual site. I'm still not quite sure how to explain it, but I like it. At any rate, it's a good database of tags for TagMan. Try the Squidoo version as a way to explore the Squidoo site:

Squidoo tags game

I've noticed some hits lately from this office games lens on Squidoo. Check it out - you can play Squidoo TagMan in an iframe. Nice.

P.S. While you're here, check out this new tool: TagMuse.

Tags (byo with TagBuildr): , , , , ,

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Tellme TagMuse Test

One of the new tags I'm seeing via TagMuse is . These are the related tags: , , , , . Explore the tag. Or, just read about tellme on Techcrunch. ;-)

tagmuse technorati mashupTry TagMuse the next time you need ideas for your blog or want to know what's happening on Technorati.

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.

Apogee Tags: , , ,

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Technorati WTF Added to Free TagBuildr Tool

I decided to add a link to Technorati WTF (Where's The Fire?) for any tag that has a WTF blurb. You'll only see Technorati's flame icon if such a blurb exists. Same with Flickr photos. They're only included if they exist for the tag. The rest of the links for a given TagSummary are static. Since TagBuildr builds tags using the rel-tag microformat, you can use the free TagBuildr tool to create tags that are compatible with Technorati tags. Perhaps some examples will help. First, for the tag joost:

joost tag

Since WTF blurbs can often be a quick way to find out more about a given tag, I figured I'd add them, when they exist. Here's an example where no WTF exists (but Flickr photos do), for the 300z tag (hmm, when I'm done blogging I should take my '96 Z for a spin):

300z tag

See the difference? Anyway, I hope this addition makes tags created by TagBuildr even more useful for inclusion in blog posts. See some of these tags for more examples: , , , , , , , , . Anyway, please consider using the free TagBuildr tool the next time you need to incorporate tags in your blog.

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