What is a Tag Cloud?

2 Aug

If you are like most web surfers, you feel your way around websites by just clicking everywhere. You may have interacted with a tag cloud, but you never knew it. Wikipedia defines a tag cloud or word cloud as, “Weighted list in visual design is a visual depiction of user-generated tags, or simply the word content of a site, used typically to describe the content of web sites.” Above is a picture of a Tag Cloud and ours is located in the lower right hand side of the website.

Characteristics of Tag Clouds:

  • Single words listed alphabetically
  • Most popular terms
  • List of clickable links
  • Lead you to a list of entries with those terms mentioned
  • Easy way to discover other content
  • Larger links than another mean that term is more popular

Now do you see the analogy to a cloud? The larger clouds generally hold more precipitation. Do you find tag clouds valuable?

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