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Technology affords powerful resources to help us teach writing, as with collaboration projects involving blogs, wikis, Google docs and mapping tools perhaps in convergence with online writing labs or multi-user virtual environments and even lower-level spelling software, readability analysis systems, automatic assisted translation, text corpora, etc. How can we use these resources and with what implications for writing online? I will focus on an aspect whose widespread use is only just emerging, and which I have found requires some training in teachers and learners, i.e. how tagged learning objects are aggregated in a way that encourages collaboration which in turn elicits writing. Specifically, I will report on the Writingmatrix project, established to pursue exactly this question. In this project students from different parts of the world tagged their individual postings and through these tags found one another while heightening their own experience in tutored writing. We will hear how the teachers in the project implemented it in their classes, how their students reacted, and what this technique suggests for the teaching of writing over the Internet in the 'near and now' future.