Thursday, April 30, 2009

Version 2 launched

Please God it works!

You'll see the new version on the left hand side.

Some major changes:

1. No more auto-scrolling list. We never liked it, but it required a major soak in the shower to sort it out.

2. A tag cloud by default. People love tag clouds. They are visual and accessible. We put a lot of work into getting the colors to be complementary to the base text color.

3. Better tagging algorithm. Again, a lot of work went into this, with the introduction of "SuperTags", which you will see are in parentheses. These are non-literal, ie they are an attempt to work out what the page is about, not just taking interesting phrases

4. Better scoring and refinement. Try limiting the number of tags on a page, and you'll hopefully still get what is useful

5. Pick a URL or Twitter feed. Now you can choose any URL or Twitter feed, and have those tags display on your page

6. List view on a tab. This is how we sorted the auto-scroller, by hiding it behind the cloud (and not letting it scroll automatically)

7. Related categories. If you click on a tag and it has any Wikipedia categories associated with it, there is an option to make them appear.

8. IE8 Accelerator. Not strictly part of the widget, but check it out at If you use IE8, you can get a little tag cloud of the page you're viewing, just using a right-click.

To Do:

1. Code cleaning. It's all a bit slower than it should be, mainly due to some redundant code

2. Taggregation. Don't you wish you could mash up a few pages/feeds, and see what they all have in common - Coming soon!

3. Image only tag cloud. For those of you who use and can't add widgets. We hope to have an image URL you can use to have a nice picture of what a tag cloud would look like on your page...

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