Just a final word about tagging in SharePoint 2010, which we looked at earlier this month in relation to planning and implementing a strategy. The word comes from SharePoint web part specialist VirtoSoftware (news, site), which has released a tagging tool for SharePoint 2010.

Value of Tagging

In the piece earlier in the month, Christian Buckley, director of product evangelism for Axceler (news, site), pointed out that, without proper tagging, users will never be able to realize the full potential of SharePoint.

Well, VirtoSoftware appears to be singing off the same sheet, although it’s not really surprising that it has come up with Tag Cloud, as it develops web parts for SharePoint at the drop of a hat, and released a version of Tag Cloud for SharePoint 2007 in November 2009.

Since then, it has come a long way, and is now offered as a Silverlight-based version of the component designed for SharePoint 2007.

Tag Cloud for 2010

We are not going to say that the results this time are much different. However, with SharePoint 2010 and the extended functionality that was added when it was released, it really will be impossible to get the full value of a 2010 investment if you don’t do the tagging correctly, and Tag Cloud promises to help users do that.

The name, however, might be misleading, as it refers to two web parts, not one -- but both of them are integrated, so, for the end user, the result is about the same.

The first one is for extending the list of field sets with additional tag fields; the second is for adding a tag cloud to SharePoint site pages.

Combined, they enable users to structure information in SharePoint lists by making it easier to find content and to structure that content in a way that is meaningful for your enterprise.

And while there’s a whole list of features, here are some of the top ones:

  • Keeping tag database in SharePoint Tag List (Tag Data Source)
  • Ability to create and use unlimited number of Tag Lists (Data sources)
  • Ability to relate any SharePoint list to any data source
  • Data source can be applied to site collection or current site only
  • Additional filed type for SharePoint List -- tag field
  • Allows or disallows user to add new tags

This is the second web part -- or third, if you take Tag Cloud as two web parts -- that Virto has released this month. While the reach and functionality of SharePoint 2010 is impressive in itself, with the addition of all kinds of web parts and other tools -- and there is no shortage of vendors developing it -- its limitations are being pushed, at this point, every month. If you want to find out more, have a look at this video.