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Keywords on deviations were built to be an important tool to help discover artwork. But as deviantART grows and strives to create new ways to discover great content, we’ve found that keywords as we currently use them have become underutilized.  We think we can do better -- and can make a better experience for the community -- by making some changes.

In the coming month, keywords will transition into tags, and we’ll be improving the way they work. Tags will better surface artwork, allow deviants to form communities around topics, make it easier to find other artists and art appreciators, and increase discoverability.  

For example, if you're a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it can be difficult to know what to search for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles, TMNT, Donatello, etc.  Public tags provide visibility to see how others are tagging their deviations, which will allow you to align your behavior to the norm, or choose to be deviant!

Getting Started

You’ll hear more about tags in the coming month, but to prepare for the upcoming release now, we wanted to let you know that:

  1. Keywords are changing to tags.

  2. Tags will soon be publicly visible on deviation pages.

  3. Our system will automatically transition some of your keywords to the appropriate tags for better discoverability when tags fully launches (for example, common keyword phrases such as “lord of the rings” will become “#lordoftherings”).

As a reminder, tags on deviations can be edited at any time.  If you’d like to update your deviations before any changes are released, now’s the time to do so!  (Simply visit any of your deviations and click the "Edit" button.  You don't need to add a hashtag before a tag, but you can!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of my new deviation tags look weird.  What gives?

The old keyword field was unstructured, while new tags are all single words.  In the keyword to tag conversion process, we had to do a bit of guesstimation regarding the translation.  A keyword field for "my little pony" might mean “#mylittlepony,” while "sunset australia watercolor" might intend "#sunset #australia #watercolor."  In the event you see a tag that doesn't apply to your deviation, simply remove anything not appropriate.

I can only enter 64 tags to describe my deviation, but I was previously able to enter as many keywords as I wanted.  What gives?

Public tags provide visibility around seeing how others are tagging their deviations.  One of the problems with keywords was that everyone had to invent their own terms or guess what others were using.  There would be many keywords around the same topic -- my little pony, mlp, mplfim, mylittlepony, my_little_pony, fim, friendshipismagic, and so forth.  By making tags public, you'll be able to discover tags that the community is using in a more predictable way.  Having 10 or 20 relevant tags will enable more people to see your art than having 100 irrelevant ones.

Your Feedback

We’re excited to show you what we’re working on, and will be updating you more about the power of tags in the coming month.  
For now, we’d love to hear your feedback:

  • Do you add keywords to all of your deviations? Roughly how many do you typically add?

  • Do you base your keywords on medium, subject matter, or other things?

  • What keywords do you commonly search for?

Let us know how you’re currently using keywords, so we can make the new tags as powerful and as useful as possible.

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How do you make your tags go from this:
#lol #heya #hi
To this:
#heya #hi
people can still do it in 2019, and I’m getting tilted by this lack of knowledge.
(also like you was able to do above)
Crimson--Hound Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tag journals?
K0rvid Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:/ Please add an option to hide the tags, they look ugly underneath someone's hard work. I don't want to see their search criteria when I'm already looking at the art.
AncientEchidna Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
DryKid12 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
How do you tag in journals
TheLunerlad Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Student Filmographer
 How do we tag our journal itself?
xdarkwingY Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i would love to turn out the tag ''anthro'' by my browse-site.. how to do that? im not into that furry... not rly ..nope.avi so cna i change that i dont see imagies including that tag?
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
While I appreciate dA evolving and keeping pace with social media, I think there should be an option to keep keywords private and not featured publicly on the deviation page.  Any chance of this in future? :hmm:
5mb Featured By Owner Edited Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I second this. I think tags detract from the art when I have to tag it #black #woman . Seriously, it makes my art a lot uglier than it already is
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
:laughing:  I'm just glad they didn't make the keywords public for older deviations . . . the things I used to put in there. :phew: 
5mb Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vee-Freak Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've tried to like it, but I don't and it's made my life worse. Please change it or take it away.
TheUnawareThing Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you make it so that we can search other deviants' galleries with tags?
SlayersStronghold Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You can! 
But sadly many people do not tag their stuff :/
Zerna Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Is there any way to remove content from just certain artists whose art pops up in the "More Like This" section?
V--R Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
There really should be an option at least to hide them.
Crimson-Kaizer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just want to be able to block content I don't like/want to see. If you guys can do that, I'm golden.
RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Right now, the only way you can do that is in the search: add a "-" before a keyword (and yes, I mean keyword, since the search doesn't only look for the tags) and it will be filtered out in the results. Example:… vs.…
This is usefut, but not perfect, as you can see, even with something that isn't as synonymous as flying islands and floating islands.
Crimson-Kaizer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So...if i'm looking for a certain pairing, but I don't want to see anti work of it, I would need to add;

NaruSaku-Anti NaruSaku

RetSamys Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You want NaruSaku. And you don't want Anti NaruSaku. In that case, you should write NaruSaku -"Anti NaruSaku" - that should work, but only if
  1. NaruSaku is a term the search will find and
  2. Anti NaruSaku is a term that the search will find - and if it is written in this order

You need a space between two search terms.
Crimson-Kaizer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ok. It works. Thank you.
saracaindica Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
I would like to see old and good DA again.
ChaoLoo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohaithere, Tumblr! When did you get here?
Meikomaedamore Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this website has turned into a huge tumblr rip off
VoreQ Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
noone likes this change, why make changes that noone wants and everyone hates?
trucd Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Due to typing lots of keywords when I submit art, I want to have the option to display my tags publicly or not, and not just on my past deviations but my future ones too. Either that or having keyword section and tag section apart, since I don't want anyone to see my numerous keywords while helping them find the right deviation. I firmly believe that having less keywords makes it harder for people to hit on the same topic, and I want my deviation published right. So please consider these ideas and the change you have made, DeviantART staff.
xawkwardcookiesx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
God no
SketchkeysDigital Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Just started checking my deviations for how the keywords have transitioned into the tags. They have been BUTCHERED. Now what do I do DA??? Go through all 350 of my deviations and fix them one by one? As a premium, donating member, I am not happy.... guess my money will be spent elsewhere. Too much hassle and I pay you to boot.
Flyinglilypad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm having trouble finding art to look at because of this tag switch :/ When you go to search for deviations by tags, the old limiters on the side bar are gone (no more choosing by "most popular in 8 hours, 24, forever" no more limiting by "digital art' "traditional art" etc.) the results are not as good or relevant either. I am *not* happy with this change.
chiorihime Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Why are they doing this to us? I always loved deviantart. It was unique. It was different from facebook, or instagram. It was peaceful. Deviantart has jerks too. But not half as many as facebook! Almost everywhere you look are nice people!
We were always good to this website.
Everyone's complaining!! Everyone wants the old deviantart back! The old unique one! Not the "hashtag one"! We are people with a brain and don't need this hashtag crap. Why is deviantart changing? We loved it how it was!
So please, Deviantart, HEAR US!!
CosmOSmocker Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey DA! can you hear us? we ARE thinking about leaving and closing accounts, just because you lost you soul.
Where is the watcher base? why DO WE EVEN NEED GETWATCHERS?
Because you dont do your job. 
tags are useless if they cannot be stacked and used in bulks when doing a series of related art uploads. tags are supposed to make life easier, they do not.
even worse, they are now public, so everyone can see how desesperate some people are to get views on their work, which is for most, the reason of the said uploads.
i hate hashtags. why everyone needs to put #yoloswag thingies everywhere? 
Garaladin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Sigh... deviantArt is starting to look like Facebook or Instagram. I liked the original UI that we had before, and I do NOT want to see tags with art. There should at least be an option to hide them.
LivanaS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
I don't like visable tags. :I It looks so ugly unter the titel and who cares about the tags from others? o_O
Then give us the choice to hide the tags because it looks really like crap. :disbelief:
SFLiminality Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Seriously. Who thought this visible tags thing was a good idea? And the word merging? Wat? We could figure out what words people were using to tag things by simply searching for a word. If a lot of deviations showed up for that word, then a lot of people were using it. Simple.
kurobelly Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Bayuna Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
"Improving" :airquotes: 
I really miss the old days when Deviantart was unique. I don't want my keywords or hashtags to be shown publicly, seems I have to give up on that now. What a shame.
Garaladin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Yeah... what is this, Instagram?
Foxfries Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like it that much that the tags are shown to everyone. There should at least be an option to make them transparent again...
Granitoons Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Bloody hate hashtags. Get rid. Or allow us the CHOICE. It's what we're paying for.
Lolita-Ragdoll Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see DeviantARt is following the "facebook, myspace" pushing things we didn't agree to or want into our faces trend.
SweetBlackberry Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
If you wanna go with the tags do it, I don't mind it. But making them imperatively "publicly visible" for everyone, without any possible way to change it? That's bullshit.
Just look at the comments, everyone's complaining. So please, give us a way to hide them if we want to. Give us choice, don't just go on imposing useless updates that nobody asked for.
BloodlustSerenade Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This.  So much this.
I'm already struggling to remain active because I'm already self-conscious about my stuff.
Making publicly visible tags MANDATORY is not helping.  As mentioned it feels like an invasion of privacy and that's not why I'm here. 
Also...hashtags?  Really?  I've worked quite hard to avoid this ridiculous fad.  I despise hashtags with a fiery passion and will continue to avoid them...even if that means looking for a different community :(
Granitoons Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The publicly visible thing I feel is an invasion of privacy.
FayTales Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
"Tags will soon be publicly visible on deviation pages." 
No, please we should be able to hide them because this is getting really awkward. 
Ecchi-Senshi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
I just noticed the publicly visible thing myself. Awkward is definitely the word.
FayTales Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
em-scribbles Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I agree.  I also find it tacky looking and distracting.  
FayTales Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Yes. And it kind of reminds me of twitter and facebook and privacy issues and that's for sure not a compliment.
28crucis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Could we please have an option to hide the tags on all deviations?

Or at least have them placed in a less conspicuous location on the page.. Right now they are right under the title, which (imo) is distracting and cheapens everything.
Balduranne Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Tags will soon be publicly visible on deviation pages."
I just noticed that in my gallery

ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FUCKING MINDS OVER THERE?! I get that designers get paid to design, but this is just spitting in our faces and calling it rain. 

And you know what? Fuck you, fuck this page, fuck everything. I've had it, and I'm going to delete my account/gallery in 1,5 weeks. I hope you're happy that your blind idiocy is driving people away.
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