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Sunday, July 10th, 2005, 7:54 am

Personal Tags Cloud

Tags cloud

Many interesting tools are being pointed out by Jeff Veen and the latest such tool is the personalised tags cloud, which is currently in beta (testing) phase. This Web-based tool, which goes by the name TagCloud, inputs a collection of RSS feeds (as OPML) which reflect on your interests. It then counts the frequency of words within (essentially tags) while excluding stop words like “and” or “since”. Tags reflect on what happens in your own ‘cyber-sphere’ — the means by which you become better orientated. By looking at the cloud, you get a preview of what you’ll see plenty of once entering your browsing cycle.

Owing to his recommendation I built myself a cloud (seen above). The many news feeds make London the primary tag in my case. I later discovered a flaw: if a single feed contains a term which repeats itself over and over again, that term (tag) can dominate.

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