Tagalag is a tagging system for contacts or profiles, not a bad idea at all.
In brief this is a place to store and share all your contacts by tag.
Each account is made up of 5 sections: my feeds, incoming tags, and outgoing tags, photo, map
- My Feeds is a place to display feeds that represent you such as your blog feed, social bookmarks feed, there is also an OPML file for all your feeds (reading list)
- Incoming tags is a list of people who have entered your email address in their account and described you or your association with them by a descriptive tag label.
- Outgoing tags is when you enter someone’s email address into your account, organised by tag
- Photo (this is what I look like or how I choose to describe myself)
- Map (this is my location)
It’s really simple an effective, the great thing about it, is that aggregated emails and tags are the perfect data to host in a folksonomy environment.
You can share and discover people by tag (each tag hopefully describes the person within the greater context of the folksonomy, a tag like “friend” won’t really have any context in the greater folksonomy)…not only does the tag describe the person, but if you go to that persons account, you will see their contacts, which tells you more about them (who they are associated), and also you can see a little bit of their profile or interests in the My feeds section.
It would also be good if there was a My OPML section, this tells people even more about your interests, and attention data.
You don’t even have to be at the Tagalag website to tag people, you can even tag people from within an email…see here.
Start discovering on the home page…recently tagged people are discovered on a map (note: this is recently tagged, these aren’t neccessarily new people added to the Tagalag service…I guess this is popularity).
Also see Active Taggers, Popular Users (not sure how this differs), and Popular Tags.
Actually a tag cloud is in order, and maybe some feeds to keep track of new people who have been tagged with your favourite tag.
What about groups?…a view of Tagalag within a group (keep a clean tag set, and only invite people)
This service could do something similar to the Blogging Librarians group in Frappr.
You could use the tag “Blogging Librarians” and when you view all people within this tag you can click to their user accounts, or use the map to discover people…at the moment Tagalag doesn’t have a map view for each tag.
Promote Tagalag with an icon for your blog, so you can say “Tag Me!”..see the tools page.