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The folksonomy tag cloud: Is it useful

Cardew-Hall, Michael; Sinclair, James


The weighted list, known popularly as a 'tag cloud', has appeared on many popular folksonomy-based web-sites. Flickr, Delicious, Technorati and many others have all featured a tag cloud at some point in their history. However, it is unclear whether the tag cloud is actually useful as an aid to finding information. We conducted an experiment, giving participants the option of using a tag cloud or a traditional search interface to answer various questions. We found that where the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Information Science
DOI: 10.1177/0165551506078083


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