I’m walking on tag cloud nine. How is it that I didn’t grasp the wonders of the new 360 tags? I just thought it’d be a pain you know where to put them up and couldn’t be bothered with that project on top of my archive project. But then Mitch mentioned doing his, and I thought about it. And you know how when something is on your mind (or conversely and perversely, you’re trying NOT to think about something) and that’s all that you seem to see? Like just after a break up, all you see is couples in love or when you’re young (or not so young) and you think you might be pregnant, and all you see are pregnant women and babies? That’s how it was with tag clouds; I’d click someone’s blog and my eyes would be drawn to their tag clouds.
That’s how I saw Tally’s and was instantly green with envy; how fabulous her tags seem, so fun and exciting, and before I knew it I’d clicked on one, and I was hooked and I’ve not looked back since (that was a whole two days ago, I do have a thing for hyperbole, don’t I?). I rushed to do my own, but it seems I’ve not blogged on anything tantalizing or I’ve not got the tag creation knack that she has because mine seems flatter, less full and fluffy fun and cloudish. But I still like it, and it makes me happy to see it there, with some words bursting at the seams with entries and some teensy little words quietly promising only one blog entry.
Not only does this make finding particular blogs of my own easy breezy, but another good use for these tag clouds is (probably what they are intended for) quick browsing someone else’s blog entries, you know someone who sends an invite or who looks interesting on someone else’s page so you pop over to see what they’re writing about. Last night, I stopped by a few people’s pages and clickety clicked on this and then on that, and it was fun to read only those posts that mention that word or have to do with that topic.
So now my new happy thing is tag clouds, so if you’ve got one, I’ll be over to click through it, so watch your comments page! Not sure if that’s a threat, a promise, or a warning . . . Rii has me hooked now on people’s whole blogs, like their whole person, rather than just that one day, seeing what else they’ve done or talked about or captured in pictures and/or words. So as I’ve had time and inclination, I’ve been doing some backwards browsing through my friends’ blogs as well, not just new people’s. I’m so glad I stopped being a bit befuddled by tags and hopped on the cloud train.
Another thing I’ve wondered about with regard to 360 is how our friends show up on our page. Sometimes some people are there, right on top, and then at other times others are there on top. It does seem that the ones who blog most frequently show up, but I can’t see any particular pattern. For example, I might post a comment on Amber’s page and still be at the bottom of her showing friends. Is there a rhyme or reason to it? Or is it just randomness? I’m sort of glad that we don’t have to pick our ordering of friends here like they do at myspace; I mean how do you do that without insulting someone or unintentionally hurting people’s feelings? These are my eight favorite friends, see how you don’t qualify? Yikes.
Also, I would like to be able to make music play on my page, I mean spontaneously like over at that other space, and not have it go off when you change to the blog or go to make a comment or look at their lists or whatever. It’d be good to make music the whole time someone’s at my page, all the pages of my page. There’d be a nice device so that people who don’t want to listen to Barry Manilow (just kidding!) can turn it off, of course, or change their own settings not to have the music play on others’ pages.
One thing that baffles me, though, is the spell check feature; I run it now and then, believe it or not (I know between typos and the all-time badness of my spelling, it’s impossible to imagine me actually spell checking. But I do. Now and then.) Has anyone else noticed that the word “blog” and its variations are not programmed in the spell check? Isn’t that strange for a blog-based feature? Nor are contractions recognized, and it’s blogging (not in the spell check dictionary, either), so it’s not all formal and devoid of contractions (or contradictions, come to think of it). And did anyone else notice how it mooshes up the paragraphs, deleting extra lines in between them? How peculiar this is to me. But then, no one asked me.
And of course I’ve got the photo album issue, but I think that’s just a glitch with yahoo at the moment because the group is inundated with people (me, too, I think) complaining about that one.
Btw, I DO like Barry Manilow, but I’m not evil enough to inflict him on others without warning! I’d pick something better; like now I have one of my true faves David Gray singing a fab song. Wouldn’t that be nice to hear as you read my ramblings?
Btw, part the second, the pic is one Mavis pilfered and then I pilfered it from her and has nothing to do with the entry. I just thought it was pretty awesome looking.