Friday, September 15, 2006

Learning 2.0 Thing # 14: Technorati Tagging

I am a bit behind in my Learning 2.0 coursework, what with the first week of school taking over my life. I am going to work on catching up in the next week or so. I am enjoying reading everyone else's posts in my bloglines account.

I have been using Technorati to tag my posts for poetry and a few other things all summer. I am not sure how useful it has been, but it helps me find past poetry posting in any case. For a while I used "Friday Poetry Blogging" as a tag, and wondered why so few others showed up on the list when I know a lot of folks were posting Friday poetry. Then I realized some people use "Friday Poetry" and some don't tag at all. So it's kind of hit or miss.

Also I am tired of going to the site to look up the tag code for every post I would like to tag. I tried to download the widgit to create tags quickly but it didn't work on my home Mac in Firefox and I usually don't download freeware on work computers (it is frowned upon...) I will be happy when I move to Blogger Beta and my posts are in catagories that automatically become tags!

I have noticed that I get some new readers from technorati, so maybe I am just not aware of the full effects of using it. I remember reading at one of the blog review sites that some people complain having technorati tags makes your blog page load slower. I don't know if that is true or not but I found my flickr badge and my zoomcloud slowed my page loading so I took them off the sidebar. No sense in adding frustration! Anyway I would love to hear from your perspective how technorati works for you. What are the advantages? Please leave your thoughts and observations in the comments here.

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3 comments:

Christie BW said...

Hi Cloudsome. I'm glad you found the Technorati tips useful. I understand the frustration of getting behind. The only way I have been able to keep up is by working on it at home. Sigh. I'll be happy when I can slow down a bit. Take care and Happy Blogging!

JerseyGirl said...

Hi Cloudsome,

Thanks for reading my blog about technorati. I haven't figured out if it is useful yet. There is a link in the sidebar of my blog for technorati, I just checked and it is still there. it is right above the hit counter on the right side of the blog. There is a "search this blog" search box as well as a "blogs that link here" link I believe this is all technorati stuff.
Technorati was slow to load this afternoon so maybe it just hadn't finished loading yet when you visited.
good luck figuring it all out!
-Jersey Girl

cloudscome said...

Yes I see it now. I guess I was hoping you had figured out a way to have your technorati tags show as a cloud on your blog sidebar. That's what I am wishing for. Does anyone know a way to do that?

Christie - I am still not caught up and I do it at home too! sigh.