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Tag, You're It!

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Does your library use tags? What are you doing with them?


From Wikipedia:


A 'tag' is a keyword or descriptive term associated with an item as means of classification. Tags are usually chosen informally and personally by the author/creator of the item — i.e. not usually as part of some formally defined classification scheme. Tags are typically used in dynamic, flexible, automatically generated internet taxonimies for online resources such as computer files, web pages, digital images, and internet bookmarks(both in social bookmarking services, and in the current generation of web browsers. For this reason, "Tagging" has become associated with the Web 2.0 movement.


Typically, an item will have one or more "tags" associated with it, as part of some automated classification software or system. The software will provided links to other items which share that keyword tag, or even to specified collections of tags. This allows for multiple browseable paths" through the items which can quickly and easly be altered by the collection's administrator, with minimal effort and planning.


For more information on Tags go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tags .

Creating Technorati Tags:


What is suggested below will work for any web page or message board or forum such as this, not just blogs. From Technorati:

"If your blog software doesn't support categories or you're not sure, you can still participate. To associate a post with a Technorati Tag all you have to do is tag your post by including a special link in the body of your post. Please note that two word tags should be joined by a "+". For example:


<a href="/http://technorati.com/tag/tagname" rel="tag">tagname</a>


<a href="/http://technorati.com/tag/tagname+tagname" rel="tag">tagname tagname</a>


<a href="/http://technorati.com/tag/global+warming" rel="tag">global warming</a>

The tagname can be anything, but it should be descriptive. Please only use tags that are relevant to the post. You do not need to include the brackets, just the descriptive keyword for your post. Just make sure to include rel="tag".

You do not have to link to Technorati. You can link to any web page that ends in a tag - even your own site! For example, these tag links would also be included:


o <a href="/http://apple.com/ipod" rel="tag">iPod</a>


o <a href="/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity" rel="tag">Gravity</a>


o <a href="/http://flickr.com/photos/tags/chihuahua" rel="tag">Chihuahua</a>"

The next step is to "ping" technorati with the tags you created. Go to: http://www.technorati.com/ping

and fill in the search form.

There are also tools for doing this. I use one in FireFox called tagutil. It is an extension and works great. I used it to create the tags below.




Initiated by Peter Barvoets with the assistance of the SUNYLA Information Technology Committee. - June, 2006


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