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Tag Clouds: Good or Bad
Are tag clouds interesting or a nuisance

I find myself advising our clients about how to improve their visitor's user experience more and more as they find themselves being enabled to create dynamic content, menus and website features using widgets, on the fly because of the power of WebAdmin 4.X.  Many inquire about "tools" like tag clouds without necessarily thinking through how users may (or may not) benefit from them. And, as the old saying goes, a picture may be worth a thousand words OR a tag cloud may just be a distracting word jumble.
 
But then again..... here is one for content from the Readywebgo Blog.
Here are some pro's and con's and comments from other folks:
 
"There are better, more efficient ways to use that real estate" writes one user interface (UX) expert about how tag clouds take up valuable website page space that can possibly be better used to communicate directly with visitors by providing direct content and links. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
  • Are you providing a useful navigation tool that helps users find something?
  • Are you providing an interesting visualization of data?
  • If so, what data are you providing, and why is it useful to your users?
  • Will it help a user make a decision faster?
Tag clouds are a compact way to offer a "visual summary" of a document set Ė assuming that the tags are themselves meaningful. But you have to ask yourself "am I serving my visitor's interests" by providing a tag cloud. And the next comment is also appropriate in any event - "Tag clouds donít kill people. bad designers do". Let us know what you want to achieve and, more than likely, well have something that will help.
 
 
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