My blogging buddy raincoaster gave me a heads up on Zemanta, a free blogging tool that does what no others do. I did some searching and blog hopping to see what other bloggers thought of it.
In A Peek Inside my Toolkit – Online Tool Set, blogger and educator Angela Maiers shares her description:
Zemanta: A great addition to my blogging and my learning, Zemanta allows me to include links to other contextually relevant articles. This is valuable to both of us, as these links can allow us to dive deeper into the conversation by bringing other voices in to the conversation.
I clicked through into the site and read the following on the Zemanta About page:
Zemanta is a revolutionary new platform for accelerating on-line content production for any web user. Any user-created text (a blog post, article or web page) is directly “read” by Zemanta, which recognizes all contextual content. Zemanta then combs the web for the most relevant images, smart links, keywords and text, instantly serving these results to the user to enrich and inform their content. What’s more, Zemanta can be deployed on all major content publishing platforms and web browsers through a simple plug-in.
Zemanta is available in these forms:
- as a Browser Extension for Firefox and Internet Explorer 7/8 (supports all platforms)
- as a plugin for WordPress.org, MovableType and Drupal
- as a plugin for Windows Live Writer
- as a book-marklet for Safari and Chrome, as well as direct integration into ScribeFire.
Woo Hoo! Zemanta suggests tags, links, photos, related articles, and videos more. It also allows me to link to my related posts in my own blog. There’s also a reBlog button makes it real easy for readers to excerpt a quote from my posts and publish it on their blog (with attribution and a link back to my original post).
I’m a Firefox user and as I have both self hosted wordpress.org installs and wordpress.com blogs, I tried the demo, and then downloaded the Firefox extension, and today I’m beginning to use it. I’m inviting reader feedback so please don’t hesitate to share your experience of my blog posts made using Zemanta as a blogging tool.