I’m a participant in a number of different blogging and online communication forums and it’s very interesting to compare their evolution as new features of blogging move into the forefront. I’ve been particularly watching the development of tagging in the last year or so too, with recent articles about de.licio.us and Technorati, among others.
That’s why I was so intrigued by the implications of the recent message I received from my colleague Tim Ribich of IT Toolbox, wherein he detailed the following policy change for this thriving IT blogging community…
Starting this Wednesday, Dec 7th, your Moveable Type blog publishing tool will require you to input keywords for new posts before setting them to “Publish” status.
Keywords (similar to subjects or categories) aid in getting your posts listed in blog aggregators and searches under relevant topics. Effective use of keyword tagging will help you connect with targeted new readers who share your professional interests.
After completing each new article, consider what words your target reader might use to search for the information you’re posting, then input those separated by commas within the keywords section. Please limit yourself to 5-7 of the most highly relevant keywords for each post.
This certainly makes sense to me: using a keyword mechanism helps categorize articles and makes synchronistic discovery easier too (and it’s also a smart way to make the article just a wee bit more search engine friendly too, with yet another occurrence of the key concepts in the article).
In an interesting parallel, Chris Pirillo and the team at Lockergnome are also requiring the use of keywords, though not for Technorati. Instead, Chris helped create a “tiny footprint” search engine system called Gada.Be that the Lockergnome blogging system automatically uses for its keyword presentation.
Are we seeing the rise of tagged keyword taxonomies (or “folksonomies”) after all, even though I earlier predicted earlier that Tags are terribly implemented in the current Web?
Hmmm…. I’m still not convinced. What do you think?