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Monday, January 30, 2006
Freshtags Blogroll Update
Two more sites added. You can now see Freshtags in action on Simple Code, where there's a very cool "multi-list" in the sidebar, and on Stephen's XOXO blog. That's 10 blogs that I know of operating the system now. If you're running Freshtags & we haven't blogrolled you yet, let me know and I'll add you to the blogroll.

Conversely, if you're running Freshtags and haven't added the blogroll yet, I'd be more than happy to send you the code!!

What am I talking about? Well... Freshtags is a system that builds on the recent upsurge in social bookmarking, allowing you as a blogger to place a context-sensitive menu in your sidebar. FreshTags features an expandable category menu that reacts to other sites running the script, as well as to search engines, and will expand a menu of posts in your sidebar to match a search term or previously viewed tag. Your site can become interactive, and responsive to reader interests, automatically. There's two ways that this can work for you

The first is tag-grabbing. FreshTags can "grab" tags from search queries, and some other sites with taggable content, and reflect those "previously viewed" tags on the currently displayed page of your site.

The second mode is tag-passing. FreshTags can "pass" tags between sites that are running the service. As an example, If you expand the "Culture" category on Freshblog, then visit Greg's Vent blog, you'll find the "Culture" category there pre-expanded.

The goal of both of these modes of operation is to enable context-sensitive surfing between blogs, and to customize the presentation of your content for the reader.

For the scoop on Freshtags, see my recent post introducing version 0.5, as well as Johan's history post on Ecmanaut, and Stephen's post at Singpolyma describing his modified version. Chime in with your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions on the 0.5 post. [Comments turned off here]

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Posted at 7:34 PM by John.

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