Entrepreneur Launches Web's First Tag Directory To Raise Money For His Wedding

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A 37-year-old Canadian entrepreneur wants to pay for his wedding - and walk away debt-free - by selling listings on his del.icio.us account for $20 per listing.

A Canadian entrepreneur wants to raise funds for his wedding by listing websites on his del.icio.us account for $20 per listing. Patrick Ryan, 37, and his fiancée have been dating for 5 years; he hopes that TagDirectory.net will attract advertisers. Advertisers will be able to list their website under as many categories (tags) as they want.

Patrick Ryan, from Toronto, Canada, came up with the tagdirectory.net concept after thinking of ways to walk away from his wedding debt-free. In May of 2005 over the Victoria Day weekend, Ryan surprised his fiancée by proposing to her in New York City's Central Park. The couple then set the date, October 12, 2006 and decided on a destination wedding. When the couple realized the number of invites to be sent out (each comes from a large family and over 200 relatives must be invited to the wedding) they realized that the wedding was going to cost more than they had originally expected. With all of the up-front costs the majority of the funds are needed immediately.

When asked why he is taking this innovative approach to his wedding finances, Ryan said that he does not want money to stand in the way of he and his fiancée's future happiness. "I've heard that for most couples money is the biggest cause of problems. I want Keri and I to have a very happy marriage. I'd want to be debt-free after the wedding."

Websites such as Google, Amazon, IMDB, 43 Things, Flickr and of course del.icio.us are all employing the use of tagging as a way of organizing their data. Any advertiser can list their website using the new categorizing method of tagging. Tagging allows for a website to be classified under multiple sections. In current directory structures an advertiser can only be listed under one section.

One of the website's advertisers, Scott Weisbrod, commented, "A Tag Directory is an innovative approach to advertising that provides businesses with an opportunity to promote their services or products to a captive and engaged audience."

"I think this will appeal to anybody with a website," Ryan commented. "The cost is reasonable for all advertisers. Every advertiser needs to drive traffic to their website. Tagging allows advertisers to list their website under multiple categories (tags) for the price of one listing."

Ryan believes that the tags will offer very good value since the website will be kept online for at least 10 years, although the aim is to have it up for as long as possible. "It will be kept as an archive for all to refer back to later. Tagging is something that will shape the way people interact with the Internet. The goal is for the website to become a foot note on Wikipedia (the online encyclopedia)."

Asked how much he needs for the wedding, Ryan said, "I estimate about $150 K; however, you never know. The wedding just keeps getting more expensive. As soon as you approach a retailer and you tell them you are getting married, the price of goods goes up five times." Ryan said that if he ends up with more money then he would help out those closest to him. Since he is an Internet entrepreneur he has some solid concepts that he would invest in.

Find out more about Patrick Ryan and this Internet shaping idea at http://www.tagdirectory.net.

Contact: Patrick Ryan




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