Back when we first launched Wikispaces, we included a feature that let you enter a list of tags each time you edited a page. Tags are a simple, light-weight way to categorize and classify pages, without having to make up an organizational system in advance. If you use sites like flickr, delicious, and technorati, you’ve probably already discovered how useful tags can be.
Earlier this week, we rolled out some new features to make tags in your wikis more powerful and easier to use.
Tag Entry – The way you enter tags is largely unchanged. When editing a page, you’ll see two text boxes at the bottom of the page. The first is the optional description of your edit, the second is a list of tags separated by commas. For example, you might tag a page “planning, group review”. This would tag the page “planning” and “group review”, as spaces are allowed in our tags. One big improvement — tags can now include Unicode characters, matching the strong internationalization support available elsewhere in Wikispaces.
Tag Lists – We’ve revamped the way tags are listed in your wikis. Click on ‘Manage Space’ and ‘List Tags’ and you’ll find a sortable list of all the tags on your space. By clicking on an individual tag, you’ll see what pages it’s been applied to and when.
Clouds – Right next to the tag list, you’ll find our rendition of a tag cloud. The tag cloud shows you the top tags in your wiki with the size of the tag text corresponding to how often it’s been used. So if dozens of pages have been tagged “fall planning” and only a few have been tagged “winter vacation”, you’ll see “fall planning” in large, bold print.
Search – Last up, you can search for tags within your wiki using the same search box you’ve been using all along. If you type in a search term that matches a tag, you’ll see the result at the top of the page.
That’s all for now. We hope you enjoy the new tag features and find them useful in your own wikis. And as always, we’d love to hear what you think here and at email@example.com.