Testing TagCloud

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I’m testing out the latest blog navigation gizmo, TagCloud, which you can see on the right. Here’s a description of TagCloud from its site:

TagCloud is an automated Folksonomy tool. Essentially, TagCloud searches any number of RSS feeds you specify, extracts keywords from the content and lists them according to prevalence within the RSS feeds. Clicking on the tag’s link will display a list of all the article abstracts associated with that keyword.

So bascially it’s a navigation tool which helps you to find certain topics. I’ve set it up here to look at my RSS feed. The larger the font size, the more frequently that word is used. Seems I’ve been talking about blogging rather a lot lately (mainly due to the recent event) so that figures quite strongly. My apologies for that since I like to keep a fairly broad perspective about communications and agency management.

It does seem to select some odd words which are only mentioned once in my posts and I’m not sure why yet. For instance, some of the names of people I mention just once e.g. Dave Sifry are tagged while others I’ve mentioned more frequently e.g. Loic Le Meur are not. Poor old Loic. Maybe I should mention Loic, a few more times, to see if Loic appears.

It’s only beta at the moment and seems useful, so let’s give it a whirl. Be interested in your thoughts if you too have tried it. Thanks to LifeHacker for the tip.

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