Visualising tag clouds
By DaveLevy on May 30, 2006
Two points come to mind on reflecting my conversation with Elias Torres at www20006, (See Tags and Spontaneity below...). First maybe on tag clouds we should use colour for highly used & less frequently used with Red being highly used and Blue (or Indigo) less frequently used. This should mean that the less frequently used tags, which are the most discriminatory (i.e. meaningful) are not visually eclipsed by the most heavily used.
Secondly, if we were to look at the structure "UNIX > Solaris > AIX, the significance would only be true if all taggers tagged the articles as UNIX & Solaris or UNIX & AIX, and only then could we be clear on the meaningfulness of a tag. This illustrates that a stranger may need to be familar with the crowd's use of language.
Thirdly I'm also not sure how we might 'refine' a query if we start with very meaningful tags, we would have to re-query, although the del.icio.us interface offers you a list of associated tags even for the smallest of queries.