The best thing I saw at Web 2.0…

… wasn’t at Web 2.0 at all but instead at Web 2.1.

It’s Tagyu.

You put in text and it suggests tags. It does this by comparing the text to tags on other text via and two or three more sources.

It was created by Adam Kalsey, ex of Pheedo, only last Wednesday, so it has data only since then. Even so, it’s very good.

It’s a clever use of reverse-folksonomy: Use the wisdom of the crowds to make your stuff wiser.

I would have liked to have kept this secret to myself for a few days while I figured out how all it could be used. But just now, I showed it to my son and he said, “Seen it.” It was already dugg on Digg.

: Separately, because I met Tara at Web 1.0, I got a link to a neat new face-recognition software coming.

: And Om starts to peek behind the curtain on the newly named Sphere, a different blog search. I’ll be playing with it myself soon.

  • Steve

    As the people from digg point out it doesn’t seem to work very well, try entering for example.

  • Greg Burton

    Steve – try entering a normal amount of text, say for a blog post or an article. Adam’s built some AI into the thing, it learns as it goes, but it’s a lightweight app at this point. I’ve seen it work pretty well on short articles, and as an AI function it’s less than a week old, so it should be improving.

    But more important than the application itself is that Adam could build, deploy, and promote the thing in less than 48 hours….

  • Chris Heuer

    I agree with Jeff about the coolest new thing, but also the MeasureMap solves a big problem and seemingly marks an interesting evolution of AdaptivePath into tools like 37signals.

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  • Not Impressed

    I simply typed “this sucks” as content. It responded with “Google”. Now if that isn’t a hard-coded response…

  • Noel Guinane

    Sphere looks good.

  • Enric

    I’ve placed my edit of the footage I shot of the Tagyu presentation on my vlog site: (entry link:

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