January 08, 2007

Happy Taggiversary!

Today is the second anniversary of tags. In honor of the occasion, Technorati will launch on Monday morning new and updated Tag Pages, reflecting the spread and ubiquity of tags across the World Live Web.

Here's a quick look at what you'll see this morning when the new pages launch (click on the image to see the page in all its glory):

When we rolled out tags 2 years ago, only a few other sites had implemented them as a part of their service. Now every major blog publishing platform includes them – but they’re quickly becoming a key publishing feature across the many other forms of citizen media. That’s right: tags aren’t just for bloggers anymore. You can tag photos (try Flickr), videos (YouTube, Revver, Blip.TV), games, podcasts, songs, or even a person! Technorati likewise is increasingly going beyond blogs to present to you the best of the Live Web, no matter what the media type might be. Because of our changes, tags are a better way than ever for citizen publishers of all kinds to categorize their work, making it all the more visible to people who want to find their stuff.

And, with the launch of our new Tag Pages, we've improved the way that you can check out the Live Web, too. A Technorati Tag Page shows you everything in the known universe (blogs, videos, photos, podcasts, music, people) tagged with your topic or interests, all in one place. I like to think of it as a dynamic magazine on millions of topics, updated live, in real-time.For example, check out these tags pages (and don’t forget to surf the different tabs):

http://www.technorati.com/tag/CES
http://www.technorati.com/tag/water
http://www.technorati.com/tag/pelosi

The beauty of tags is that they’re metadata: data about data. What does that mean? Tags actually describe their subject, as opposed to, say, keywords, which just occur within them. We think tags are becoming popular because on the Live Web, categories and topics are just as useful than keywords for describing and finding content, especially when that content doesn’t necessarily contain lots of relevant text (photos, videos, songs and so on). So, the next time you see tags around a good blog post (or video or game), click on it! And next time you’re at www.technorati.com, try building a Tag Page on the topic of your choosing. It’s a great way to find what’s hot – right now – across the Live Web.

Update: It is live! As always, your comments and feedback are welcome...

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