The first new thing to appear on my radar today is MyBlogLog’s new tagging system that I didn’t ask for. This is coming on the heels of the Twitter add-on I didn’t ask for either. I’m one of the stubborn user personas they aren’t aware of yet. I know this because to get to any task that matters to me, I have to scroll down the page and wait for it to appear.

For usability, it’s never a good thing to put everything I don’t want or care about above the page fold. Did they do any user testing before throwing this out for those of us who paid for the service? In true Google-like fashion, MyBlogLog and many other popular sites like them, simply change things around, put them up and count all the articles and blog posts that cover their new toy. Angering customers and site visitors is fantastic publicity.

This new tagging system MyBlogLog added takes up a big block of space on the page. This is to leave room for the expected droves of people who want to play the game of tag. Your fellow members classify your blog. They can report you for spam by calling you “schmoe” and there’s nothing you can do about it. MyBlogLog tracks all the “schmoe” tags, investigates their account and then will “take the appropriate action.” So, if you have any enemies, too bad. Be prepared to defend yourself, even if you’re innocent.

MyBlogLog members have little say in this. You can’t turn it off, exactly. You can make tags public or private. You can let everyone tag you or just friends. For those who love to have an opinion on their neighbor, they’ll love this. In addition, site owners can see who tagged them. This just sets up more reasons to kill my self esteem because nobody has tagged me yet, and then I remember I was all powerful and strong in my own identity and don’t need to be tagged to know what others think.

Aside from the grumpy things that bug me, it has a redeeming fun spot. This is the “Hot Member” tag. MyBlogLog writes that they’ll track Hot Members every week and “let you all know about one of them.”. We strong in our identity blog owners don’t necessarily need this but heck, do me anyway.

There’s a page that lets you see who was tagged by community or member. You may be able to exclude your profile or blog from it in settings by remaining private or viewed by your friends.

I’d like to know this for sure, because if I feel like being naughty, I’d like to know I can act up in the privacy of my own blog that used to be something whose destiny and reputation I had control over.

Apparently I need to get hip with the program.

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Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

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