All about tags and tagging

What is tagging?

Tagging is a way of organizing content organically and without a pre-determined structure. In simple terms, tagging creates clusters of similar stuff, so you don't have to hunt around for information: with tagging, all related content is right in front of you.

This doesn't mean there isn't any structure (we still have navigation across the top of the site) but it does mean that Fools can now describe our content and help us to organise it in a way that makes sense to them.

At the moment users can tag articles and podcasts. Here's how they look when they're tagged up:

How to start tagging

To begin, you need to be registered and logged in. Once you are logged in you'll see a "Tag this content" box on the right-hand side of article and podcast pages. It will look something like this one, from a Property And Home article:

A tag cloud and 'add tag' box from a article

Here are a few things to remember when tagging content:

  • You can use the predictive tag feature to help you choose a suitable tag:
    Predictive text in action whilst adding a tag
  • Content can be tagged any number of times, with any number of different tags – if you think it's relevant, tag it!
  • You can't add more than one tag at a time
  • It's best to use capital letters at the start of a tag, as this makes tags easier to read

What happens when you tag something

Once your tag is submitted it makes its way in to the tagging database. Your tag then becomes part of's "organic navigation system", which emerges in various ways:

  • Tag clouds appear on various pages and show you the tags other people have used to describe that content. They also indicate tag popularity: the bigger the tag is, the more people that have used that tag to describe the content you're looking at:
    A tag cloud from a article
  • Tagging connects content and tags together to create relevancy. One of the ways this is represented is by the Most Relevant/Most Recent tab on articles and podcasts: Most Relevant content has the most tags in common with the content you're looking at, and Most Recent content is related content that has just been tagged:
    Content related by tags on a article
  • You can also search tags to find the content and products you're looking for:
    Searching by tag
  • No matter where you are on the site, when you click on any tag you'll be sent to that tag's Hub Page. Tag Hub Pages are a kind of Mission Control for tags: each has an up-to-date list of all content with that tag, a tag cloud of related tags, and a tag search box:
    Tag hub page

So... tell us what you think

Tagging is a beta feature on our site, which means it's something new we're trying out, and we want to hear your feedback on it. Once you've had a play with tagging and gotten a feel for how it works, please take a couple of seconds to tell us what you think.  Your thoughts on what works and what doesn't will help us build a more useful, engaging website.