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March 6, 2005

New Technorati tag feature

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Posted by David Weinberger

At the beginning of this week, Technorati will launch a new tag aggregation feature: When you search on a tag, you’ll be shown a list of “related” tags. The relationships are automatically discerned by the software, analyzing the other tags used by people tagging the same set of pages and photos. Dave Sifry let me play with a beta of it, and the suggested tags were generally quite relevant.

There are two types of relationships the “related” tags help with. First, they suggest slightly divergent topics so you can browse off the path you were heading down. Second, they help get over the problem that people use different words to flag the same ideas; the “related” tags can help you find more sources that are directly on the path you were heading down. So they help with both digression and focus. [Disclosure: I’m on technorati’s board of advisors. And yes, I have permission to blog this.]

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1. Fred on March 6, 2005 5:37 PM writes...

It's a really good news!

Why? Because I never know if I should use "blog" instead of "blogs" tag. This seem stupid but it is not.

feed or feeds? I think that plural is a serious problem in the tagging world.

Why? Because people who will search for "blog" tag will not see entries of "blogs" tag.

This future system will overcome, beautifully, the problem.

It's a great thing to have developed this feature. I can't wait to look at it.

Good job!



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2. Niall Kennedy on March 6, 2005 8:28 PM writes...

Related tags went live on Friday afternoon. It is interesting to browse the relationship between concepts. If you look at a tag such as baseball you can see some tags you would expect such as sports and football as well as the more obscure such as natural philosophy.

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3. David Galbraith on March 6, 2005 8:37 PM writes...

We've just put up a search system on that returns all items from a common stem - so that will return blog and blogs for a 'blog' search. The search will search both users and tags automatically, and then related tags are shown at the top of search results, where relevant.

My hunch is that tags don't show a comeback for directories, rather a better way to enhance search, with accurate refinement - SQL for search rather than directory browsing.

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4. Fred on March 6, 2005 11:16 PM writes...

Okay, the problem I cited above is more deep than I first thought.

Technocrati seem to use some weird heuristic on words' semantic. The results are quite impressive, interesting and relevant. The problem is that this didn't solve my problem.

On the other hand, you have Wists, where I see the "blogs" tag when I search for "blog". His problem is that I'm overwhelmed by words that have "blog" in them. I think that Wists is a new system, then what when he will be more and more popular?

The problem I cited up there seem that he cannot be solved by this way. So, what to do? Some ideas came in my minds... but they are more research projects than garage programming works.



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5. David Sifry on March 7, 2005 1:09 AM writes...

Thanks, Suw.

Stemming is a relatively simple feature - but please do understand that it doesn't work well for non-roman languages, and can also cause issues and problems. Fred, for now, I'd suggest that when you're unsure to use one tag or two, use 'em both! That way you get double the visibility, AND you're also connecting the two tags together through your efforts.


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6. Fred on March 7, 2005 11:22 AM writes...

Hello Dave,

Yeah, it's what I'll do ;)

But the problem can seem simple but he isn't and the problem he rise is really interesting.



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7. Mike on March 10, 2005 2:33 PM writes...

I like to include Technorati tags in my blog entries, but creating them by hand is a pain, and I really don't want to create a category for every tag I wish to include, so I wrote this little javascript hack to make it a little easier on me.

Just enter tags separated by spaces, and click on 'Generate Tags'. The tag markup will be generated below the link, and in contained within a defined by a class called 'folksonomies'.

Technorati Tag Generator

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