I like Zemanta. It is a “curation” tool that helps you create “nice” posts. It goes along with the whole idea of magazine-style blogs that have lots of content that interests people. I have tried a couple other curation tools, but Zemanta is the easiest and most available of the current products.
When I first downloaded the browser widget, I was not too impressed. But, they have since improved things so much that I have to admit a true fondness for Zemanta. In fact, I like the online version so much I decided to give the actual plugin a try, just to see if it had any additional features.
So, after I disabled the browser widget, I installed and activated the plugin. I noticed that it basically looked the same. However, the photos it selected were slightly different than the browser widget selection. Not so much that you’d notice – in fact it might just be that the plugin sort them differently.
The photo above – or perhaps to your left depending on your browser, is an eample of what Zemanta does. It was selected based on tet I had already typed into the post editor. Here’s another photo, obviously based on the word “browser” in this post. I reduced the size automatically using the Zemanta picture controls.
The plugin looks pretty much the same as the browser widget version, and runs just as quickly (I was concerned about that aspect). Related articles are all there, and tags too.
Here’s a bunch of related articles Zemanta selected for me.