Technorati Tags in Movable Type

by john on January 14, 2005

Technorati has released today a new feature called tags which allows one to further categorize the web. Mix Flickr and Del.icio.us tags with weblog tags and you get a Technorati Tag page, which looks like this which is the page for the tag technorati.

The basic premise is you tag your articles just like people tag pictures in Flickr or links in Del.icio.us. The best writeup I’ve seen of this new feature is at Corante.

I thought of two ways I might want to do this in my Movable Type implementation. The first was to leverage Brad Choate’s Key Values similarly to how I do for customizing AdSense channels. That would mean I would need to add a string like “tag=tagsubject” to the extended entry of my articles. The advantage is I would get a targeted tag. The disadvantage is it is more metadata to enter for each new entry and it wouldn’t account for the hundreds of older entries.

So since I am already entering keywords for each entry (which get used in my inline Google links) I decided to just use those for the tags. This way I don’t have to change my posting habits (other than to use better keywords) and each of my older entries will already have that metadata.

At the bottom of each of my entries is a list of Technorati tags, which are dynamically generated based off the keywords in the entry. Here is the code I used to build that list:


my $keywords = “<$MTEntryKeywords$>“;
my @split_keywords = split(/ /, $keywords);
my $split_keyword;
foreach $split_keyword (@split_keywords) {
print ”.$split_keyword.’ | ‘;
}

Thanks to Ben Hammersley for the keyword parsing code. Obviously you need another Brad Choate plugin, PerlScript, to pull this off. Yes, I know I am a bit of a computer geek, but I can’t help myself, I love figuring out problems like this. You don’t have to be a geek to enable this for your site, it is pretty simple.

I agree with Corante – this is a big day for tagging.

[UPDATE] – I have overflow hidden in that code snippet so to see the truncated line simply highlight the code with your mouse and copy to your editor.

[UPDATE 2] – Took me awhile to notice I had the URL screwed up. I was wondering why my tagged pages were not appearing. Fixed.

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tom sherman January 16, 2005 at 6:24 pm

For your <code class=”code”>, you might want to change the CSS to the following to improve usability. I would put it in a DIV like this…

DIV#code {
  font-family: “courier new”, monospace;
  overflow: auto;
  white-space: pre;
  width: 100%;
}

body>DIV#code {
  width: auto;
}

Redefining the width is necessary because IE needs different rules.

tom sherman January 16, 2005 at 7:37 pm

I’d also like to add a note of skepticism to the whole tagging/”folksonomy” chorus. Check out Andreas’ post at Web-Graphics for similar thoughts. Some organization/controlled vocabulary/hierarchy would really help things keep from getting to be a total mess.

http://web-graphics.com/mtarchive/001484.php

john January 16, 2005 at 8:45 pm

Skepticism is fair at this point. Right now the tagging system is working for me – the tag pages I have visited have been topical and I have found several interesting blogs or idea as I have visited them.

My concern is what happens when the spammers get wind of this. Once that happens the value of this goes down dramatically. Until then, I’ll be checking those Technorati tag pages religiously.

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The first one I tried was the Technorati tag for “comment” linked off your homepage.
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The top headline? “Jews are racist” 😛

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unmediated June 23, 2005 at 2:28 am

For your , you might want to change the CSS to the following to improve usability. I would put it in a DIV like this…

DIV#code {
font-family: “courier new”, monospace;
overflow: auto;
white-space: pre;
width: 100%;
}

body>DIV#code {
width: auto;
}

Redefining the width is necessary because IE needs different rules.
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I’d also like to add a note of skepticism to the whole tagging/”folksonomy” chorus. Check out Andreas’ post at Web-Graphics for similar thoughts. Some organization/controlled vocabulary/hierarchy would really help things keep from getting to be a total mess.

studio2f June 23, 2005 at 5:25 pm

Tags are the new keywords

I’ve been tagging del.icio.us and Flickr for ages. For the last 6 months the cool thiing has been tagging your blog entries to Technorati.

nonszi seo July 15, 2005 at 4:54 pm

john,

i added this line into the script “print ‘Technorati Tags: ‘;”, to show it before the actual keywords show up, but it shows it even if i have no keywords entered for a listing, which of course i’d like to avoid.

could you help me out with this one??

-nonszi
http://www.workfromhomebusinessinfo.com

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Matthew August 30, 2005 at 8:24 am

Thanks very much for this! It has proved very useful and you can see it working in action on my blog. I also came up with a little version which allows multi word keyphrases, multiword technorati tags and seperation of keywords by commas, all by just changing one comma! I have also posted on my blog a little article on how I integrated it with some other solutions to have a whole search-keyword-tag set up going. Thanks once again!

my $keywords = “”;
my @split_keywords = split(/,/, $keywords);
my $split_keyword;
foreach $split_keyword (@split_keywords) {
print ”.$split_keyword.’ | ‘;
}

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