If you're a blogger, you're probably familiar with using tags (and this post probably isn't for you). If you're not a blogger, you might think of tagging someone in a photo the way you can on MySpace or Facebook (and this post probably will help you).
Tags on a Ning social network
are not for tagging people; instead they are for labeling
the things you post. Basically allowing you add categories to anything you share on GW.
To provide the quickest example, take a look at the tags I've used for this post: GW-help, GW-tips, help, suggestions, tips, how-to, GW-how-to
. If you look at the bottom of the post, you'll notice that all of these appear as individual links; if you click on any of those links it will load a page that contains all the posts that had that tag used in them.
Whether you consider it an advantage or a disadvantage, tags are limited to the area or section they reside in. So when you click a tag within Blogs it will only display blogs that contain that tag. When you click a tag in the Forum it will only display forum discussions that contain that tag. Same thing with Photos and Videos. When you click a tag within a Group you will only get discussions from that group
that contain that tag. So advantage or disadvantage depending on how you look at it, but that's how it works.
Rules For Tagging
- Watch Your Spaces - A space between words will break the individual words into individual tag links. There are two options to keep multiple words as a single tag.
- Surround your multiple words with quotes: "Revolutionary War"
- Use a dash [-] to replace the space: Revolutionar-War
- Keep it Simple - One or two words for each tag; don't make a whole sentence into a tag.
- Be Relevant - What is your post about? Tags should be key words or terms that are relevant to your post.
- Don't Skip the Tags - Even if you only put in one tag, don't leave a post tagless.
- Don't Go Overboard - If you have more than 10 tags, you're probably being too broad. Narrow it to the most concise terms and key words.
- Copy Other People - If someone else did a post in the same vein, use some of the same tags.
+~+~+~+~+I am not a Ning expert. I'm a tech-head who has worked in IT for over 10 years; and I have some experience on another Ning network. This is not an official statement from the GW staff; just some friendly tips for my fellow GW users. Feel free to message me if you have questions, comments, or suggestions for other topics. ~Johnny