Roll your own widgetYes, you can stick a widget on your site and have it extract tags automatically (Go here)
But why not try it out in real time, mash some sites up and see what a custom widget would look like?
How about seeing what Stephen Fry is Twittering about, mash it with the ravings of Jason Calacanis' blog, and then see how it links with the BBC News. All in a sesame seed bun.
Use the widget builder below, and see it come to life before your eyes
Want some more explanation of what you are seeing? Click here
What is thisEssentially, we are trying to do two things. The first is to extract important themes from all of the web pages or Twitter feeds specified. Some may be common to all, and some may be unique. We haven't yet got round to showing visually only those which are common across all of the different pages - But we will soon!
What you also see are expressions in parentheses. These are what we call "Super Categories", and these do try to express common themes out of all of the content.
What happens when I clickIn the Flash version, you get a set of related search terms. At the bottom of the screen, you can then search external sites for further information (eg Google and Wikipedia), or click a other item, and see more related search terms (and so on, ad infinitum!)
In the static version, you get send to a page which has the Cloud/List widget on it.
In Cloud/List view, you will see a pop-up box, giving you the option to search external repositories
If you see a small icon like this , ignore it. In future releases, you'll be able to specify your own search criteria here
What are the display options?There are three basic style of "widget".
FlashWe have taken the superb WP-Cumulus flash plugin, and used it to display our automatic tags.
Cloud/ListOne widget, two views. This was one of our original attempts at visualization.
How can I manipulate the tags I see?
Width and HeightFairly self-explanatory
HeadingSomewhat misleading. In the Flash example, what you type here appears at the bottom, oherwise, it appears at the top. Leave it as "none", if you want nothing.
Display StyleCovered above
Pick a URL or Twitter IDMake sure that any URL is preceded by http:// or https://. Click "Add More?" if you need more space for urls, or Twitter ID's
Font Size (px)Pick the font size for your smallest tag
Tag size increase (px)There are 14 potential sizes for tag, and this dictates the increase between each, starting from Font Size
Maximum number of resultsImportant if you are using the Flash widget in particular. Too many, and it clogs the screen. If you are brave, set it to 0 for unlimited
Filter levelThis is a "noise" filter, which determines the type of tags you will get. It's best to fiddle with this a bit to get the type of results you are after
ColorsThese determine the look and feel of the widget
Get a TinyURLIf you are looking to manually install the widget on a page (and don't use the automatic features of Widgetbox), this will give you a shortened version of the URL to use in an IFrame or img tag. For example, an IFrame for the opening flash widget on this page is
<iframe width="530" height="380" src="http://tinyurl.com/n7zznk">No iframe, no cry.</iframe>
If you want it to tag your blog page automatically, click "Clear All" under the "Pick a URL or Twitter ID" section (otherwise select those URL's/Twitter feeds you want to mash up), then click the Get a Wordpress.com widget button. Copy and paste the code.
Go to your WP.com widgets page (http://your-blog-name/wp-admin/widgets.php or Appearance -> Widgets), select a "Text" widget, and paste the code in there. There is an example at MyMission2's blog. UPDATE: Try the altogether better version on its own dedicated page here.