Niall Kennedy posts about a new del.icio.us JSON endpoint that given a URL, returns the assigned tags and their frequencies. This will have a number of potential uses. It’s another way to rank sites on their popularity, at least w.r.t. del.icio.us users. In some cases, it can also be used to categorize web pages by their content.
Here are, for example, three pages that we maintain:
- https://ebiquity.umbc.edu/ – the ebiquity home page.
- https://ebiquity.umbc.edu/blogger/ – the ebiquity blog.
- http://swoogle.umbc.edu/ – the Swoogle semantic web search service.
We’ve been playing around with various issues in identifying communities of political blogs. Note that checking the Daily Kos blog shows that it’s been posted over 2700 times and it’s popular tags have lots of clues to what its about:
left, politics, progressive, activism, liberal, political
Compare this to the results for Michelle Malkin’s blog, which has 259 posts with the following popular tags
politics, conservative, political
I guess this also says something about the community of del.icio.us users: they lean to the left.