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02:39 PM on Sunday, March 13

So what's next on Wordfaire?
In the course of writing a liveblog, it's fairly common to use it for covering different events at different times. As a writer, it is possible to create a new blog for each event, but that's an unnecessary waste of time and quickly leads to too many blogs to keep track of.

This is where segments come in. A segment is just a portion of your liveblog that you can either display (or for publishers, embed) separately. The easiest way to define a segment would be by just choosing a start and an end time - which would normally correspond with the start and end of the event. It should also be possible to add a tag filter to this, so you could have segment of posts between a start and end time which have a certain tag (or tags).

Say you're covering the Oscars - just create a segment for posts between 9PM and 11PM on that date, maybe with the #oscars tag. That's it. You've got your own Academy Awards liveblog :D

Stay tuned for updates.

11:45 AM on Sunday, March 13

Tags are now live: You can apply them by typing them into the box below the entry area, separated by commas. The tags you type in will also stay across posts, so if you're making a series of posts on the same topic, you don't have keep typing them again and again.

Tags appear along the bottom right of each post, and clicking on them will show you posts with that tag only.

Each tag is limited to 20 characters each, with up to 5 tags per post. One thing I'm trying out here is the possibility of creating tags languages other than English. Keep in mind that they need to go into the URLs too, so let's see how that works out.

12:55 PM on Wednesday, March 09

I'm pushing out a couple of minor updates today, but here's what's really exciting: tags are coming soon.

Why is this a big deal? Because it give you a way or organizing your own posts (in a format that isn't naturally open to organization in any way other than chronological), and because it gives readers a way to find your content from a stream of similarly tagged posts.

Going forward, I personally believe tags will be the most common way people will find and read content on Wordfaire. Imagine a tag, say #libya, that would provide a stream of live news with images about the happenings there. It could very well help citizen journalism give traditional 'live' media a run for it's money.