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2006 Bloggies Awards Announced

The results are in and the winners of the 2006 Bloggies have been announced. The Bloggies Award list is hard to read so here is a list of the award winners. Congrats to all. Best Web Application for Weblogs – Blogger Best Australian or New Zealand Weblog – Loobylu Best Asian Weblog – Tokyo Girl […]

Gossip Rules Memory

In an article from New Scientist, “The secret to soap opera addiction”, it appears that people are more interested in gossip than about their day-to-day lives. Humans are more interested in juicy gossip about their friends and acquaintances than the mundane details of their lives, so pay more attention to it We remember juicy gossip […]

Keywords Versus Tags

Topic.net Blog’s discusses how “Every Word in Every Document is Already a Tag in a way I found fascinating. Back when web directories were still cool, AOL had an effort to build their own based on the Dewey Decimal System. They had 60 contractors in Arizona typing in web urls and assigning DDC numbers to […]

Helping the Ultimate Tag Warrior Work with Jerome’s Keywords WordPress Plugins

If you have been following this blog, you will know that I’m a huge fan of Christine Davis’ Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin. I’m also pushing both publicly and privately to get it put into WordPress.com. It makes adding tags incredibly powerful. Unfortunately, the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin doesn’t play nicely with another of […]

Tagging With Emotions Not Common Sense

But since I’ve started using tags in Qumana, I find myself unable to ignore the urge to somehow subvert the intent of these tag things. I want to make people laugh, to surprise them, and so I like to tag posts so that they’ll show up in a way that makes the “finder’s” experience richer […]

Putting Some Thought Into Blog Categories and Tags

There has been a lot of talk about the differences and similarities between categories and tags, and how to implement their use. I’d like to talk about the process of choosing categories for your posts. But first, let’s take a moment to examine what categories and tags are. What are Categories and Tags? In the […]

Tags Are Not Categories – Got It?

Tags are Not Categories by Carthik Sharma agrees with my opinion that categories are not the same as tags, and he makes a good point. Categories organize, hierarchically. Tags need not. Tags provide meta-information, Categories need not. Tags cross-connect, Categories do not. By cross connect, I mean, when you go looking for posts tagged with […]

Hook, Line and Sinker: Luring Blog Traffic to Stay

There are a lot of tricks you can use to attract visitors to your blog or website. Many of these won’t work as search engines usually figure these tricks out long before you get around to trying them. The best way to attract visitors to your blog is to provide the information they are seeking […]

Lorelle on WordPress Now Part of Technorati Tools

Wow. I guess this is a clue that I might be famous. Again. ;-) My post on A Tagging Bookmarklet for WordPress and WordPress.com Users has been added to Technorati’s Tool List, a list of tools that help people add Technorati tags to their blogs. I’m in good company alongside some of the following tips […]

Tidying Up Tags – A Technical Review

I’ve written about some of the problems I’ve found with tagging, but here is a scientifically written paper on the problems, challenges, and success of tags by D-Lib Magazine called “Folksonomies Tidying up Tags?” We agree with the premise that tags are no replacement for formal systems, but we see this as being the core […]

Visualizing the Spread of News Across the Internet

Stephen VanDyke’s Hammer of Truth article, “How News Travels on the Internet” is a great visual look at how news may travel around the Internet. While this was published early in 2004, and there are plenty of new sources for news today, the point of how news travels on the Internet still holds. His visual […]

The 12 Biggest Problems With Your Blogs

Sedition.com’s “The 12 biggest problems with your blog” is a brilliant summary of the most commonly found problems, and distractions, on many blogs. Here are some highlights that had me dancing around the room so much, they bear some repeating: 12) The banner graphic. Regular visitors don’t need 18% of the page space taken up […]

What Do You Blog About? Check Your Tags

Once you get past the issue of explaining what a blogger is and does, then comes the question, “What do you blog about?” Do you know? Do you really know what you blog about? You might think you know but do you really know? There’s a way to check. If you are using a tag […]

Internet Interaction and File Sharing May Explode With AllPeers

The news is everywhere. There is a hot new Firefox Extension that may take the Internet by storm for Firefox users. AllPeers Firefox Extension may just revolutionize social interaction on the web, so says Tech Crunch and many others including Slashdot. AllPeers is a simple, persistent buddy list in the browser. Initially, interaction with those […]

Digging Into Digg – What’s Behind the Curtain

In a couple of fascinating articles, ZDNet’s Richard MacManus and Alex Bosworth of SourceLabs take us behind the curtain into what makes Digg tick. DIgg.com has shot up from non-existence this year to be a net publishing powerhouse, challenging the longstanding giant Slashdot for the crown of nerd news. The way Digg.com did it doesn’t […]

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