The hot new thing...

In looking at a lot of web sites these days, there seems to be a lot of use for topic/theme clouds. I think the feature is very nice on Technorati as it makes it easier to see the "hot topics" that are talked about the most with a very simple user interface. Now, I see the same use on sites like Amazon and Yahoo.


 

I'm wondering if this simple navigation is also an off shoot because most user experience studies also show that text links are more effective than blocks of images?  We are planning to roll this out on blogs.sun.com so it will be nice to measure how many link throughs result and if folks are able to find things they would not have otherwise.


With all the current rage for the new multi-touch user interfaces (from the TED conference, on the Microsoft Table, and new iPhone, it's interesting to also see quick and simple user interfaces continue to develop.


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