September 8, 2007
I love tag clouds. They’re everywhere on the web these days. A tag cloud is a visual representation of categories or subjects on a website. The cloud is weighted to show which tags have more content. Tag clouds aid in search and discovery, and often reflect what is currently popular on a website. See this blog’s side-bar for an example of a categorical tag cloud.
Tag clouds (or text clouds) are also used to visually understand a body of text or phrase. The focus is on analysing the commonality of terms by emphasizing their weight or frequency of use.