users can choose to display their tags in a pretty blue cloud.


While' search features might not be quite as user-friendly as we'd like, its ability to network classes and collect and purpose human attention makes it a powerful pedagogical (and scholarly) tool, providing a kind of tourist information center for the information superhighway. 

Pointing to the third-party software and extensions available for seems like the proper way to conclude a Freeware / Web 2.0-inspired review. Sharing source code makes it easy for talented developers to improve and expand' usability. Those who enjoy will likely find some useful tools in their recommended third-party software. Here are a few stand-outs:

  • cloudalicious is a personal favorite, since, like Google Trends, it allows you to track the history of a web page. In this case, you can see how users have tagged a URL over time.
  • is a great search engine that uses tags to suggest websites similiar to the one you input. The author admits that the engine only currently works for fairly popular URLs, but as grows, the engine's usability should increase.
  • Soup is a cool visualization software that allows you to see relationships between your tags. You've got to have a pretty good collection of tags before this one will have any "wow" factor.
  • newsmasher and googlicious are two outstanding greasemonkey scripts (user-generated javascripts). The former creates a dialogue box on any page that allows you to see user comments for that page. The latter displays search results alongside any Google search. Both scripts will require Greasemonkey extensions- here are some simple directions for installing Greasemonkey for Firefox or for Safari. Greasemonkey extensions do not work with Internet Explorer.

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