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I just discovered something new on the Internet which I think is totally cool: a website which creates a tag cloud for a weblog. What, you might well ask, is a tag cloud?
Tags, like name tags, price tags, and labels, as far as weblogs go, are words or phrases that the writer can add to categorize the current posted item. A tag cloud, a picture of which is shown above, is a cloud of such tags. The picture above contains no links because it's just a picture. But a real tag cloud, which you can see by clicking on one of the links I am about to give you, has a link for each tag which takes you to a whole page of links for the same tag. In the case of the Coffeeblog Tag Cloud, all of the links will take you to related articles in the Coffeeblog Archives, or other websites that I have chosen because I thought they were on topic. Think of how much time you could consume doing this, and how much knowledge you will have after consuming said time. It's a procrastinator's greatest dream come true.
Notice that in the tag cloud picture shown above, some of the tags (like "espresso") are printed in larger type. That means that the word appears more often than the others in the Coffeeblog and related websites.
I have been using tags for a while on the Coffeeblog, thanks to Technorati, a website that searches weblogs by keyword and assigned tags. I usually have three to five Technorati tags at the end of each item I post. But the Coffeeblog Tag Cloud refers much more closely to the Coffeeblog and only to sites I have handpicked because I think they are especially relevant, and cool. They are in many languages, so be prepared. Also be prepared for some duplication in the Coffeeblog Tag Cloud, because some links have more than one tag.
I would like to thank the website tagcloud.com for providing this excellent service. They became so popular that they had to move their tag cloud pages to a new higher-capacity server. I would also like to thank Jason and John for responding to my phone call and emails. They seem to be a bunch of great guys. I wish their company. Ionzoft, the best.
So, nu? Where's the tag cloud? For 250 tags, click right here. If that's too much, you can narrow it down to 50 tags by clicking here. Please comment! Do you like the tag clouds? Are they helpful? Would you like me to put a tag cloud at the end of each article in the Coffeeblog archives? (This Coffeeblog item is in the People category because it brings people together through cyberschmoozing.)| Technorati Tags: Tags Folksonomy RSS Blogging
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