It seems that tag clouds are hard to find these days. Almost like a good movie from Hollywood lately.
Not that long ago, tag clouds seemed to be on a lot of web sites, including mine. They basically took all the categories a web site used to group content and presented them as hyperlinks in a ‘cloud’ that a visitor could click on to see all the articles in that category or tag. The tags that had more articles were often larger.
But now, if you look at some of the larger blogs, tag clouds are no where to found. Here are few blogs to see for yourself:
From a user experience point of view, tag clouds are really ineffective. You are basically pushing random words into visitor’s faces with the hopes that they will relate with your category. They also take up siginficant screen real estate as well.
Final note: use tags to categorize your content, but don’t use tag clouds.