The Power of Tags

I was recently asked by a customer how they could organize their bookmarks into folders – to break down their large list of bookmarks into smaller groups.  Dwellicious has a feature even more powerful than folders called “tagging” to enhance the organizing and sharing of your bookmarks – once you understand how they work.

In general, folders = tags.  When you tag a bookmark “beach” or “Smith”, that allows you to organize your bookmarks into groups.  Tags are more powerful than folders, however, because typically items can only go into one folder, whereas an item can have multiple different tags, and thus belong to many different groups.

When you create a new bookmark, or edit an existing one, there is a text box labelled “Tag list” where you can type a space seperated list of custom tags.  Once you have your bookmarks identified with one or more tags, you can filter and only show specific tags by clicking on your tag list on the right side of your bookmark list. Look at the bookmarks page at – see the tag list on the right side?  Clicking on the tag “laguna” filters the bookmarks down to only those tagged with “laguna”.  Clicking on “pool” further filters the bookmarks down to those containing both tags.  Clicking on the X on either tag removes that tag from your filter.  You can see a little “bread crumb” trail indicating exactly what tags you are viewing at the top of the list.

When you click on each of these tags, you can see that the url has changed to or  The direct url follows the form<username>/<tag><+tag><+tag>…  Knowing this, you can create custom groups of bookmarks to share with friends or clients that show exactly the listings you want them to view.  Common tags would be a a specific clients last name, the city or neighborhood the property is in, and maybe a distinguishing feature about the property.  Once you organize your bookmarks this way, you could send the Smiths a list of properties in Newport that have a pool and a view with something like this:

Very powerful, very organized.

To take this one step further, you or your client can even subscribe to an RSS/Atom feed of these listings so that they’ll be notified when any bookmarks are added with those tags, or when any of these listings changes in price, adds photos, goes off market, etc.  At the top of each list of bookmarks, you’ll see an orange icon like this: indicating the feed.  You may also have a feed indicator in your browser’s address bar.  Click on either of those icons to subscribe.  You can also manually create a direct url by simply appending “.atom” onto the end of the url you’re viewing, so our example url above becomes:

for a direct link to the feed for those bookmarks.

Questions about this topic?  Ideas for use cases?  Leave them in the comments below!


1 Response to “The Power of Tags”

  1. 1 Kristen Carr March 12, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Great post Dan! I recently cut over to using Gmail as my only mail client. As an avid Outlook folder user it was very hard for me to get used to “Labels”, basically Gmail’s equivalent to tags. You did a great job explaining the value and how they work. And I love the Tag feature in Dwellicious!!! I have tags for my Sister, my friend Ken, my dream homes, etc.

    Like so many other features, Dwellicious has managed to take a creative concept and improve upon it!

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