Tagging is a very interesting emerging phenomenon, one that engenders many different applications. Some people people use tags to alert others that they have written something (Technorati tags are often being used that way), others use them like a folder organizing system to organize their saved bookmarks (i.e., Yahoo/del.icio.us), many use it to share and find web pages (i.e, del.icio.us, furl), photos (i.e., flickr), music (lastfm), videos (i.e., YouTube), or even dates (i.e., consumating), and some bloggers use it to annotate web pages for blog republishing purposes (i.e., del.icio.us). As a publisher, we are also trying to use it to help readers navigate through vast amounts of posts (i.e., Corante Marketing Hub).
Surely there are a ton of potentially useful and lucrative new usages of tagging which I am missing or which have not yet been tried. But then I came across 1000tags.com – which tries to use tagging for people to advertise their site. In their own words they are “a project that aims to put to the test in its simplest form the viability of tagging as a way to advertise, by presenting a tag cloud formed by tags added by people who try to promote a particular site or page.” The way they do it is by ” offering a web page where anyone can book a particular tag that will later be displayed in the main tag cloud at the 1000tags.com page, as well as allowing web site owners to add their tag – for free of course – by syndicating a small tag cloud at their pages.”
Maybe I am slow – and that surely has happened before – but somehow I do not get this one. Why would I list a tag cloud on my site that has nothing to do with my site? It does not help readers, and I am not sure how it would help me as a blogger (other than perhaps increased “google juice” “if” the tag I choose becomes really popular and “if” many other bloggers list the 1000tags.com tag cloud on their site). Plus there is only one tag cloud – which right now includes poker, sex, dating, ???, BBW – not exactly things that are related to this blog – but which might arguably be of interest to some readers 🙂
At any rate – just for posting your opinion about them you get a free tag. So I will submit a request for my free tag, and see what happens.