Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Help needed - all nomadlife bloggers please read

(keeping this post at the top for another day or two)

As part of the conversation started by aloke a few days ago, I mentioned that nomadlife needs tags - a way of categorising our blogs based on things like country etc.

Well, I thought that rather than waiting on my ass for The Dode to work some genius and get this happening, I would try something myself. There is something very cool and very poweful set up, but to make this work, everyone needs to go and tag their own blogs.

How do you do this? Easy.

Save this link as a bookmark. Go to your own blog front page. Click on the bookmark link. It will take you to a login page - use the username and password "nomadlife". Cool so far? You betchya.
Now once you log in, it will show your blog address in one field, your blog title in another, an "extended" field that is empty, which you should leave empty, and a "tags" field which is where you need to tag your blog. To begin with, lets tag countries. Add three tags :

nomadlifeYourcountry (ie. "nomadlifeSingapore")
Yourcountry (ie "Singapore")
nomadlife

It is important to use the exact spelling of nomadlife, to capitalise the first letter of your country, and to spell the country name correctly (d'uh). The first tag creates a special category for all nomadlife blogs in your country. The second tag adds your blog to the broader group of blogs tagged as being in your country. The third tag identifies you as a nomadlife blog.

The system managing all this is called del.icio.us, and is the standard online for tagging and bookmarking websites, just like flickr is the standard for tagging and storing photos.

I'll write more about how we can use this tagging system later, but for now, please tag your blog with these tags - it will lead to a brighter and better future for you and your children. To begin with though, as a taster, you will see that each tag has a dedicated page (and RSS feed), so right now, there is an nomadlifeEgypt page, listing the Egypt blogs that I have already tagged.

I'm going to keep this article hovering around the top of the page for a while so that we can get as many nomads as possible doing this. More to come.

UPDATE - Following up to a good point made in comments - people in countries well know by their acronyms (ie USA, UAE, UK etc), lets set the stard that you use the acronym, not the full words. So a US blog would be tagged nomadlifeUSA

UPDATE 2 - Following on another point, please tag your blogs in the country name as spelt and used in English, not the native tongue. ie. Egypt not Misr, Ireland not Eire etc....

UPDATE 3 - Not bad for a first days effort. 27 blogs tagged in 14 different countries. USA in the lead with 8, followed by Egypt with 7. Please push this initiative out through your personal contacts etc, and any volunteer minded nomads can voluntarily tag other peoples blogs if you want.

25 comments:

JillO said...

Hey Tom,

Great idea. It might be good to write out a list of which country name people should use. For instance, would I write, "US", "UnitedStates", or "USA"? Same with those from the UAE - "UAE" or "UnitedArabEmirates"? See my dilema?

Thanks for organizing this!

Jill

nida said...

think i did it wrong :D
the list shows both nomadlifePakistan and Pakistan...but it does it for a lot of countries..

Mel T. said...

So what exactly is "my country?"
Is it India? USA? Hungary? Texas? Hong Kong?

I think many of us have this problem.

dturk said...

i plan on taggin
AustinFuckingTexas with your permission melt.

Mel T. said...

Ehh... I know lovegren would dig it, but you know I've never been into the whole "f*ck ya'll" middle-finger photo poses.

Tom Gara said...

Jill,

Lets start a precedent - USA for United stated. So nomadlifeUSA. Same can go for UAE.

Nida, you did it right. Your blog is now categorised as both a specific nomadlife blog in pakistan, and also as a member of the larger group of blogs in pakistan.

Mel, have as many tags as you want. Its totally your call. You can tag yourself as 100 different countries if you want. But think about which categories your blogging would most relevantly fit into.

Yes, Texas does classify as a country. As Adam used to tell me, bless his soul, he aint no fuckin Yankee.

Connie Mia said...

but you can still tag your blog if you are a fuckin yankee, right?

sakit said...

very cool. Thanks Tom!

Rafa said...

Guys carefull when adding the tags they should be sepparated only by spaces, no commas needed!. I already edited the tags done by connie with this mistake.

Dody G. said...

This is cool. We can read off the RSS feed generated by Delicious and put it in a map.

Nisrin said...

Surprise Surprise, I'm confused.

Is it nomadlife USA Lebanon Syria

or is it nomadlife nomadlifeUSA nomadlifeLebanon nomadlifeSyria

Jesse said...

how about countries spelled differently by their natives and by others? Shall it be...

Brazil - Brasil - Brésil ?
Cameroon - Cameroun ?
Iraq - Irak ?
Ivory Coast - Cote d'Ivoire ?
Germany - Allemande - Deutschland ?

Dody G. said...

looks like a fine idea.

Nisrin said...

so i went to my homepage, clicked on the bookmark link and logged in. in the url it had nomadlife not my url. do i change it and put my url?

i don't know what i'm doing.

I hate technology

Diego said...

Jesse, I think that is the reason we use (or used to?) four letters to classify countries and territories in AIESEC: Brazil BAZI, Germany GERY, etc.

But I don't know if thats such a good idea to tag our blogs...

Tom Gara said...

Not as if I am in charge of this or anything, but my suggestion would be that all countries should be spelt the way they are spelt in English. Makes sense, compatibility wise.

Nisrin, if you want be be tagged as a nomadlife blog in many countries you need to write nomadlifeLebanon nomadlifeUSA nomadlifeSyria etc.

This is all still at a super experimental stage, but we will be able to do some amazing shit with this system using the customised RSS feeds that it provides.

Karola said...

Nisrin - you change it to your URL

Celine said...

how do i check if i did it right ?

Matt said...

What if we want to tag it if we're doing a traineeship or CEED somewhere else? Should we have a standardized tag like traineeBrazil or ceedSouthAfrica?

T-rent said...

I just tagged mine. Does the order of the tagging matter? Like should we put "nomadlifeUSA" before "nomadlifeEgypt" if USA is where we are and Egypt is where we were? Also, I see special city tags, should those be at the end, with the most current city first?

Order has to matter right? Or else if we try to do a map, it could be misleading. It'd be awesome to make a map with "green dots" of where people actually are and "red dots" of where these people were while they had the blog (Like Tom would have a green rotterdam dot, as well as a red egypt dot (but not Australia or Ireland, because the blog isnt germaine to those areas).

Nikita said...

What about New Zealand? Is it nomadlifeNewZealand or nomadlifeNewzealand?

Chris said...

If the YanKees are anything to go by, it could also be nomadlifeNZ. But agree, what is New Zealand's designation...?

sally said...

am confused...

yasmine said...

i got two countries? what do i do?

JuanCa said...

I would suggest that for the mapping thing we use the country where we are at the moment so if any of us travel can contact the nomads living in that country.

The question is if i am in Ecuador and go to Ireland for a month vacation can i change my tag to be nomadlifeireland during that time and then back to nomadlifeecuador once i returns?

I suggest we use only non capital letters for tagging so that makes an standard easy to follow. And about two countries.... lets tag the country where you are, not where you come from cause that one you can mention it in your sefl description, what do you think guys?