And just like that, I took out the automatic tagging code. It was kind of a burden on the server, but mostly I had gotten enough information out of it. I just wanted to seed the tagging system with some (more or less) useful data — now that the system is populated, user-generated tags can start to take over.

There’s not a lot of immediate benefit to users who tag their feeds, other than making it easier to direct your explorations of other feeds. I’m considering adding some more tag-centric features like being able to group your feeds by tag. Anyone have other ideas that will make tags even more useful?