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Tags on Daily Kos are two years old today. They were announced by kos in this diary on Oct 10, 2005. Like all rambunctious little children given very free rein, tags have behaved very nicely and very badly, but on the whole it seems like a good idea to have brought them into the world.

So it's time to give them a little birthday present...

The Daily Kos tagcloud (available here but I don't recommend clicking the link unless you have a long long time to wait) is cumulative, since the beginning of dKos tagging. What's more interesting is to look at how the tagcloud has changed over time. I've created weekly tagcounts, from Sunday to Sunday, since tags were born two years ago. These are not cumulative from the beginning of time, but counts of tags attached to diaries posted during one-week periods.

You may remember the Presidential speeches tagline, a series of tag clouds of important Presidential speeches over the past 200 years. I've taken that code and created a Daily Kos tagline with the aforementioned weekly tag counts. Yes, I am a computer nerd. It's available here. You'll need javascript enabled. Note that the most popular tag by far is "George W. Bush", and I've omitted that tag to enhance the scaling. I've also omitted "Recommended" and "Rescued", and there's a bug somewhere, so the tags "2005", "2006, and "2008" show up as "0" or "1". Not important. Anyway, have fun.

Oh, also, the tag processing is moving to this new domain, so daily processing (including the daily new tags list) and the tag search are now there.

Originally posted to The Centerfielder on Wed Oct 10, 2007 at 04:26 PM PDT.

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