Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Reactions: Tag clouds and the case for vernacular visualization

This paper provides a good history of tagcloud and its unconventional rise in popularity. It then went on to describe some problematic aspects of tagcloud and how it violates tradional visualization designs. For example, related words are scattered because the cloud is organized alphabetically.

Personally as a user, I utilize tagcloud to simply access related posts w/ similar tags. I rarely paid attention to the visualization aspect.