July 31, 2006
For those of us who tend to agree with Zeldman's pronouncement that "tag clouds are the new mullets," Rashmi Sinha has written a solid piece in search of more useful, less hackneyed approaches to tag interfaces.
She specifically looks at three different approaches:
- Faceted browsing (a la Flamenco)
- Clustering and recommendations
- Pivot browsing (or "[t]he ability to reorient the view by clicking on tags or user names")
In any case, this seems like a good starting point for thinking about alternative tag interfaces. I was beginning to feel like the whole topic of tagging was thoroughly exhausted by now after last year's epidemic of blogorrhea and conference chatter, so it's encouraging to see folks like Sinha finding new ground to explore on what is undoubtedly an important (if over-blogged-about) subject.
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