Friday, February 03, 2006 is live, and we've got visitors...

One thing that I really like to do when I start any new project is finish it, make it live, then forget about it for a week or two before coming back to it. After spending so much time engrossed in anything for an extended period of time, it can be real easy to get caught up in the details, stuck with your pre-determined ideas, and not see the big picture. This ‘break’ tends to really work well; by not thinking about it for a time, when I return I usually have a few new concepts to implement, or changes to be made. (For that matter, I’ve even come back to something I’ve worked on for weeks, took one look at it, and scrapped the entire idea… Started again from scratch. But that’s kind of rare. ;-)

So, here we are, back at this exactly one week after the original launch date; and guess what, I can’t find one new thing to implement (Or at least to implement right now) that wasn’t on the first version of the site.

That’s cool.

I can’t think of another time when I haven’t had to make at least one change or add one new thing to a project… But this one kind of stands on its own.

With that in mind, it’s now time to take it to the next step and start talking about the idea, telling people what it’s about, where we are, and trying to get some action going on the whole thing. Until today, I hadn’t told anyone (Or at least, anyone who didn’t already know about the concept) about the site.

That’s about to change.

What is

It’s real simple: is a website that categorizes and lists web pages in the form of tags and tag clouds based on a number of factors, like the popularity of the page, the popularity of the tag, and a few others. It’s also 100% commercial, meaning that ALL of the pages that you see here are paid listings. We don’t crawl the web looking for information, we don’t list sites just because we think they are cool; you’ve got to pay to play in our directory / search engine.

You know, ‘tagvertising’: advertising / website promotion based on a tag, tag cloud, or tagging presentation. The whole concept is kind of ‘web 2.0’, but in it’s own way we’re heading back to a tried and true method of promotion and data organization; the classic web directory. Just with a twist… ;-)

In a nutshell, that’s what is. Obviously, there’s a ton more to it than just this simple overview, but for now, that works.

Want to know more?

Then check out our FAQ page. It’s pretty in-depth and it covers not just what we are, but the whole concept, what we’re trying to do, the whole copycat argument (Which, surprisingly enough, we haven’t heard from a TON of people, at least not yet) and why we’re different (Better? Your call…), how to list your site, and a whole bunch more.

Click here to open it in a new window…

Anyway, is now really live. We told people about it. Some have visited. Some have told others. And away we go.

Should be an interesting week to watch…

More to come.

NOTE: Comments are turned on, but they’re moderated. If you’ve got something to say, please feel free to leave a comment, but keep in mind that we’ve got to approve it before it goes live. So, if it takes a bit to get it out there, sorry… It’ll get there eventually.

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Friday, January 27, 2006

We're Live!

Alright, it’s 12:00pm on the East coast (That’s where we are) on Friday January 27, 2006 and I just made live. Didn’t tell anyone, didn’t announce it, nothing. Just a simple renaming of a file that was there, and we’re open to the public. The world’s first tag based commercial search engine / directory is now live.

I’ll write more latter, important stuff, like who we are, what the deal is, where this is going, and a few other things, but I think a post like this deserves to stand alone. After all of this, we’re now live.

I’m excited.

Let’s see where this goes.