At the highest level, PulseWire provides areas for posting such as Resource ExChange, Sharing Solutions, etc. Within those sections, however, we've taken a tag-based approached to post categorization. In recent years tagging has become a more popular method of categorization due to its user-driven nature (see, for example, YouTube and Flickr). However, in some cases a more top-down approach has remained the norm (such as Craigslist). We chose to go with tags, because we didn't want to force content into pre-determined classifications; rather, we're allowing and encouraging PulseWire's users to drive the direction of the content and, through tags, show us what topics and categories are popular.

While this is working for now, as the site grows it may become necessary to modify this approach. The Resource ExChange, for example, may become too difficult to navigate via only tags when there are thousands of posts every day. At that point, a hybrid approach could be useful, with predefined categories available for browsing but with tag browsing still available. Each predefined category could cover a set of tags and be created by looking at which tags are most popular.

This would be one option, but it isn't the only one. We welcome input and feedback on what is and isn't working as methods for content classification and browsing. If you have any ideas or example web sites that have implemented a useful, usable, and user-driven classification system, please share!

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Tag clouds are cool but do not indicate when something is time sensitive.

Goldie Davich, PulseWire Online Intern

Goldie Davich, PulseWire Online Intern "Although I am part of the World Pulse team, the opinions I express on PulseWire are my own."

Greetings. I am looking for a used computer to possibly be donated. Even if it comes in parts! Hey I can manage putting one together... I am not an Einstein when it comes to navigating on the computers, but I am learning. I am currently getting ready to graduate from a recovery house and am looking for work. I am finding that using the library's computer system is becoming quiet frustrating because they only allot an hour a day. I hope you can come up with some solutions or help out in any way. Blessed Be

Thanks Ankur, for joining my community.

Tagging on Pulsewire has been very helpful to me in naming or finding posts.

In was only when I saw the tags in PulseWire that I understood how they are used. It will take some time to become fully aware of how to use them. I appreciate when suggested tags appear automatically.

I think your idea of a multiple approach is a good one. I use Blogger with a template that has little triangles affixed to archive dates. It is possible to open or close the list of daily links by rotating the triangles. I like this effect. They are good for browsing the contents.

There is also the "search" fundtion. This is the method I use first in looking for something on my blog. Marianist Resources

Bro. Gene Frank

Question Can I move around the images I add to my journal.Can I decide where they sit on the page if so how.The current system so far doesn't allow for that I tried!