Follow-up on ‘Checking the petri dishes: End game analysis for MultiMOOC 13’
- Natasa’s blog post from Feb 9
- An announcement of my webcast “Learning from Jeff” on Feb 10, reflecting content at http://webheadsinaction.org/live that week
- An item Natasa shared on http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/
- In websites that work with tags, the tag appears as metadata in the code. Blogs derive from (or output to) an .xml file. The tags should appear in the .xml code as metadata, separate from the body of the post. So tags are always external to the content of the post itself.
- Twitter’s #hashtags are a special animal unique to Twitter. You can for example search for mmooc13 on twitter and the results will be much different from searching on just the hashtag #mmooc13. When people deliberately put the # symbol before a word they are indicating to Twitter that they want this post to be aggregated with other posts that include that tag. So the #hashtag distinguishes that word as being a viable tag as opposed to just any string in the content of that post.
- I’m not familiar with Technorati’s blog tag generator. Technorati will search on blogs for tags given as metadata as described in question #1 above. That is, Technorati searches the .xml code of that blog for metadata that matches the tag you are searching for. Technorati used to allow us to find even the most obscure bloggers, such as all those tagging their posts mmooc13. However, as the number of blogs proliferated beyond Technorati’s ability to scale, and as just-anybody’s blog doesn’t fit technorati’s business model and simply clutters results for its corporate clients, they have been ignoring blogs without “authority” for some time now, or at least making it difficult for them to be included in searches.
- Finally, regarding the question of Blogger’s ‘categories’ or what other websites might call ‘labels’. These are tags. They function in the same way, they are just given a different name.
Resources and further reading
MobiMOOC documented its use of social networking tools here: http://moocguide.wikispaces.com/4.+Designing+a+MOOC+using+social+media+tools
That was a very thorough post about tagging and aggregating. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that you were able to pull some of my content from the web. The thing is, I believe I am not very good at the technical side of tagging. I understand its importance, but I am not quite clear about the proper way to tag a blog post so that it is aggregated and goes where it should go. In EDCMOOC they are still unable to read my posts in the class RSS aggregator.So, I would like to ask some questions: 1. When you tag a blog post, do you add a tag at the end of the post, or do you use it as part of the post title? Or both?
2. Do you add # before a tag in a blog post? Or is that only for Twitter? (By the way, Twitter hashtags seem to work perfectly at all times, unlike other tagged content).
3. I still use a Technorati blog tag generator, even though I have given up on Technorati. I simply don’t know how else to add a tag to the end of my blog post. Should I be doing this? Or is there a better way?
4. Finally, a question on Blogger labels. They seem to be different from tags, in that they separate the labelled content into categories. Do they still work like classical tags? Well, that’s a lot of questions and I have an uneasy feeling that I should have worked out the answers by now. Thanks in advance, Natasa— In firstname.lastname@example.org, Vance Stevens wrote:
> I’ve decided to write a brief reflection on MultiMOOC, having just awakened
> this morning to find a copy of our Paper.li news, weekly edition, laying on
> my virtual doorstep.