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How to Search by Using Tags on Ning

Tagging is a term that became popular with the start of the Web 2.0 movement, and Ning lets you get your tag on. Tagging entails assigning keywords (or key phrases) to an item to help describe it.

Items that are tagged with a certain keyword appear in network searches for that keyword. You can perform this kind of search in two ways:

  • Type keywords in the main search box of the network (at the top-right of the page) and press Enter.

  • Type keywords in the search box on the main Photos page and press Enter.

You can find the tags for an item below its rating, in the form of links. The tag links act as paths to help you find more items that also have the same tag. So, if you click the NewYork tag for a photo of the Empire State Building, a page that contains all other photos with the tag NewYork opens. Tags provide a very convenient way to search for related items.

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Tags in events aren't called tags, but event types. But at the end of the day, they’re still tags: If you tag an event as Party, whenever someone does a general search for the term Party or a search in the Events page for the term Party, the events that have a Party tag appear in the results.

Also, the event types you add to an event become clickable and lead to a page showing all other events that are of the same type. For example, this figure shows all the events that have the event type Fundraiser. The power of tags in action!

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