Welcome to week 4 of 25 Things @ Huddersfield!
10th Thing — Tagging
Tagging is an open and informal method of categorising things that allows users to associate keywords with online content (webpages, pictures & blog posts).
You had a quick look at tagging back in week 2, when we played with Flickr.
Here’s a video clip to introduce this week’s topic…
In addition to having an excellent name (yes, that’s a real URL – the .us at the end stands for United States), Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site that lets you save bookmarks to a central location (no more copying them to multiple browsers on multiple computers) and classify them all with tags.
How is that social?
Well, in addition to tagging your bookmarks, you can see how other users have tagged the same links and see related websites important to them. This is an excellent way to find websites that may be of interest to you.
Tagging is completely unstructured and free form, allowing users to create connections between data in any way they want.
(Most popular tags at Flickr)
If you’re up to the challenge, create a Del.icio.us account for yourself and discover how this useful bookmarking tool can replace your traditional browser bookmark list.
Is tagging a good idea? Create a blog post containing your thoughts.
Note: If you do setup a Del.icio.us account, here’s a quick word about the Del.icio.us Buttons. On PCs that have the toolbars locked down, these will install as options in your browser bookmarks. Use the “Post to my Del.icio.us” link to add the current webpage to your account (you may need to log in). Use the “My Del.icio.us” link to view your online account.
11th Thing — Technorati
So now that you’ve been blogging for a while, you might be wondering just how big the blogosphere is.
(Britain Going Blog Crazy by Annie Mole)
Well according to Technorati, the leading search tool and authority for blogs, there are over 112 million blogs currently being tracked by the site. Yes, big numbers. But, as you’ve already seen for yourselves, blogging is so easy that almost every industry have been trying to find ways to make blogging work for them.
That’s why, this week, we’re going to look more closely at Technorati.
Do you want to make sure your blog is being tracked? Register your blog with Technorati. Do you want to tag your posts to make them easier to find through a Technorati search? If you owned a business and were trying to attract attention you’d register it with Technorati.
Step 1: Take a look at Technorati and try doing a keyword search for “Huddersfield” in Blog posts, in tags and in the Blog Directory. Are the results different?
Step 2: Explore popular blog, searches and tags. Is anything interesting or surprising in your results?
Step 3: Create a blog post about your discoveries on this site.
In the same way that spam emails are a big problem, the same is happening with blogs — when you use Technorati or Google Blog Search, chances are that some of the results will be spam blogs (also known as “splogs”!). They’re not too difficult to spot, as the blog post text is usually gibberish along with lots of links to buy Viagra.