The Wisdom of Clouds

Am I the only one who doesn't "get" tag clouds?

I understand that they can be used to represent the tags users have provided for various information, and that they show larger/smaller font based on the frequency of individual tags being used. Because of this, I can get hints as to which tags have been found to be useful by more people. 

I also understand that there are many different sites or apps which support tag clouds - technorati, del.icio.us, flickr, etc. 

What I don't get is how "we" - the creators of the new, full-participation web which has lots of names - are going to leverage multiple different sets of tag clouds, as well as search technology and browsing capability, to help "us" - the users of the new, full-participation web - to store and find things more easily.

But that's probably just me being me - I'm sure you get it! 

 

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