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Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008) (2008)
Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 7, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2008
ISSN: 1530-1605
ISBN: 0-7695-3075-3
pp: 160
ABSTRACT
We examine the recent information visualiza- tion phenomenon known as tag clouds, which are an interesting combination of data visual- ization, web design element, and social marker. Using qualitative methods, we find evidence that those who use tag clouds do so primarily because they are perceived as having an inher- ently social or personal component, in that they suggest what a person or a group of people is doing or is interested in, and to some degree how that changes over time; they are visually dynamic and thus suggest activity; they are a compact alternative to a long list; they signal that a site has tags; and they are perceived as being fun, popular, and/or hip. The primary reasons people object to tag clouds are their visual aesthetics, their questionable usability, their popularity among certain design circles, and what is perceived as a bias towards pop- ular ideas and the downgrading of alternative views.
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M. A. Hearst and D. Rosner, "Tag Clouds: Data Analysis Tool or Social Signaller?," Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008)(HICSS), Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, 2008, pp. 160.
doi:10.1109/HICSS.2008.422
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