Jamie Thomson

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Blog tagging on Windows Live Spaces

with 4 comments

Tagging blog posts is an integral feature of nearly all blog engines and Live Spaces supports it, sort of, with the notion of categories; for example, here is my Zune category.


The whole category/tagging thing on Live Spaces really narks me though because each blog post can exist in only one category and that really is of little use. Take my blog from 13th February 2008 entitled Throwing some more Zune ideas out there for example. Its in my Zune category because its principally about Zune, but its about a lot of other things as well like Live Messenger, MSN Soapbox and Windows Live Groups. I’d like to tag it as such but Live Spaces doesn’t enable me to do that. That’s what led me to submit the following to feedback.live.com:

Blog posts can only appear in one category and that’s not particularly useful. Better would be the ability to tag blog entries with zero, one or many tags. Just like nearly every other blog engine on the planet enables you to do.

[Also added to my feedback lista.]


If tagging gets introduced to Windows Live Spaces then it opens up some great possibilities. I would love it if http://spaces.live.com/tags/zune (with an RSS feed: http://spaces.live.com/tags/zune/feed.rss) showed me every blog entry that had ever been tagged with "Zune". There is a plethora of content out there just waiting to be read, Microsoft just need to give us a useful way of finding it because the existing search functionality on Live Spaces is not sufficient at all.


Written by Jamiet

April 9, 2008 at 11:13 am

Posted in Live Spaces

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  1. Categories and Tags are NOT the same.
    With categories, items are meant to be ONLY in ONE category.
    With tags, items can have MULTIPLE tags, without being exclusive to only just one tag.
    So to sum it up, tags are way more flexible, have better search capabilities, narrows down search results, and don’t have the rigidness associated with categorizing. Tags are just plain Web 2.0.
    I don’t at all consider the two to be the same, and just wanted to share that. I’ve been asking Live Spaces to add tagging support for a long time also.


    April 9, 2008 at 10:59 pm

  2. Isn’t that what I said?


    April 10, 2008 at 8:19 am

  3. haoshoken,
    I don’t think you’ve really understood this blog post have you?
    Thanks for coming.


    August 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm

  4. External tagging support (such as for adding LiveJournal tags) is available within the Windows Live Writer client software, that can be used to compose and tgen post blog entries to your Windows Live Spaces blog. However tagging is not an intrinsic concept of Windows Live, and I completely agree, this is an important feature missing.


    July 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm

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