Tagging and Categories

May 15, 2007

Some people use only tagging – they create big clouds of tags and attach those to their posts. It is a common practice, but it looks ugly on wordpress.com blogs where (categories == tags) – since a popular tagging behaviour is to add multiple tags to a post, and to be inventive with tags names they end up with a large list of categories/tags in their sidebars. That’s noise.

Others use a small number of categories, possibly organized in a hierarchy (e.g., see categories on a sidebar of CaptSolo Weblog on the Semantic Web). That results in better categorisation of posts, but if (categories == tags) then you loose in visibility on sites such as Technorati because you will have a small number of categories per posts, and possibly those will be named in a way that’s meaningful to you but maybe not so much in demand overall.

More inventive people use both – have categories to “file” posts so they can group and find them, and have tags to attach more context to them and help people find these posts via blog/tag search engines.

But how can we make use of that for wordpress.com blogs? I want to have a small set of categories for my posts an a larger set of tags attached to those posts. Let’s try it.

Update: It worked! No reason why wouldn’t it unless wordpress stripped rel=”tag” from hyperlinks. Now this post has got one category “Information Management” and a couple of additional tags.

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Tim Berners-Lee at the Podcast Interview – 19 Nov 2005

November 24, 2005

Podcast interview about the Semantic Web with Tim Berners-Lee – the inventor of the World Wide Web.

Find out that the Web was envisioned to be something more than it currently is and see what the next vision – the Semantic Web – is about. If the industry is interested in it, so should be we.

Tim Berners-Lee and Uldis Bojārs at the Podcast Interview

See also: Ina O’Murchu – our main interviewer 🙂