Categories are so 2002.
Welcome to Web 2.0. What is Web 2.0? I have no idea, but it seems to be one of the most used tech buzzwords around these days. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it. In summary, I’d say it’s the interactive web that is showcased wonderfully in web applications such as gmail, Google Maps, del.icio.us, Flickr, and Technorati.
One of the biggest ideas to come out of Web 2.0 is the idea of tagging – using short (usually one word) descriptors to “label” anything that can be found on the web. Multiple tags can be used to describe a single element. Personally, I like tagging better than categories because it makes organization much easier and tags let the user more accurately define what the element is. So we’ve gotten rid of categories and are now tagging entries.
A trendy thing that web developers and bloggers use to track tag usage are “tag clouds.” You can see this blog’s tag cloud in the sidebar to the left under the header “Tags.” The font-size of the tag is directly proportional to how much the tag is used, and serves as a quick visual indicator of what’s hot right now in this blog.
One feature that I’m working on right now are “tag intersections,” or showing the posts that have multiple tags associated with them, such as “debt+net worth”. I hope to have this worked out soon.
Tagging isn’t just for me though! If you have a del.icio.us account, you can help create the tagged web also. I’ve added a new link for each entry at the bottom of the post – “post to del.icio.us” – it lets you, the reader, decide what tags a post may be deserving of.
The reason for all of this? To make the Make Love, Not Debt experience as smooth as possible. In addition to tag intersections, I’m also going to incorporate search. My goal is for you, the reader, not to click more than twice to find the article that you’re looking for.
All of this tagging stuff could not have been done without the Tags.App plugin for Moveable Type. It rocks!