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Tag Suggestions: Tagging With Tagyu

Need help with your tags? Tagyu, developed by Adam Kasley, is a tagging service that will help you find tag suggestions.

Simply copy and paste part of your blog entry into the textarea form on the page or paste the URL of the published post and click submit and it should generate a list of tag suggestions. It is also used by The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin for keyword suggestions.

It’s still new and I find that it is pretty good most of the time to come up with good tag recommendations, but a lot of time it comes up with odd suggestions. I’m sure as it grows and improves, it will become really useful for determining which tags you should consider when tagging your posts.


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8 Comments

  1. Posted October 24, 2005 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I gave Tagyu the text

    Plain text is powerful. It is easily searched, it is portable across platforms, it is easy processed by programs, it can be converted to look nicely (this site and my wiki are powered by plain text) , and it can be massaged into other formats.

    and it came up with wiki, rails and ide. Not quite what I was expecting…

  2. Posted October 24, 2005 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Last week it was working great, but the last couple times I tried, I got similar odd responses. Hopefully, it will be fixed up soon. It’s a neat idea.

  3. Posted December 2, 2006 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Looks like tagyu is gone or down. Too bad. Thought I’d give it a try.

    Your site is very helpful. I’ve been using it as a resource recently.

  4. Posted December 2, 2006 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Yeah. I keep waiting for it to be back up working. It is and it isn’t. I wrote this over a year ago, and the service has really not lived up to expectations. Sorry.

  5. Posted December 3, 2006 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    No need to apologize. I was glad just to learn about the tagyu idea. It’s a very interesting idea to have a site that would suggest tags. Maybe in practice it’s harder to implement. I imagine a lot of authors feel they have a pretty good feel of what tags they would prefer to use.

  6. Posted December 3, 2006 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Check out Term Extractor For Tags which uses Yahoo! tags. That might help. Let me know.

    And honestly, think of tags as keywords and you’ll be on the right track. What words will people use to find your post. That’s the ticket!

  7. Posted September 3, 2007 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Was there ever a plugin developed for tag suggest for wordpress by itself? Now that tags are integrated into WordPress 2.3 this would probably be a hot plugin.

  8. Posted September 3, 2007 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Well, there’s a lot of answers to this simple question. First, this service never worked and has been lost to time. Second, the database that would need to be created to host such a list would be huge. So I doubt a Plugin could handle it.

    Third, tagging worked and didn’t work. People used whatever terms they wanted, not always thinking “search first”, and the promise of Technorati and tags to help searching also didn’t materialize.

    The best way to use tags is as microcategories for your blog’s content, thus, it’s up to you to determine which words to use in the search terms that would generate content on your blog.

    A few have poked at tags through related content, but again, the database issue comes into play to process all the growing content on your blog, compare words and phrases, and generate a list.

    So manual is where we are at present until coding, databases, and computer speeds increase to handle and manipulate all that data.

    It’s also interesting to see WordPress finally respond to the long requested tags in their core programming at a time when people are stopping their use of them since they aren’t as beneficial now that we’ve played with them so much and found out the reality.


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