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Cool blog tool TagCloud

Posted on Jun 7th, 2005
Written by Lee Odden
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    I’ve been playing with TagCloud and found it to be a pretty cool tool. A description from the web site:

    “TagCloud is an automated Folksonomy tool. Essentially, TagCloud searches any number of RSS feed you specify, extracts keywords from the content and lists them according to prevalence within the RSS feeds. Clicking on the tag’s link will display a list of all the article abstracts associated with that keyword.”

    I’ve created a few “tag clouds” that have been very useful as news aggregators:
    SEO – just a few of the SEO blogs I read each day.
    Search Engines – Official blogs of the 4 major search engines.

    What’s also great is that TagCloud includes Y! Q search so you can perform a related search within the TagCloud search results.

    While TagCloud is interesting, I’ll be sticking with my Firefox browser and Sage news reader extension or Bloglines as my primary news feed aggregators.

    There are implications for RSS optimization of course, like being able to analyze what keywords your competition is optimizing their RSS feeds for and observing keyword trends.