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Tagging: People-powered Metadata for the Social Web by Gene Smith

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Chapter 5. Navigation and Visualization

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Everything you ever wanted to know about tag clouds

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Navigating tag space through pivot browsing, popularity, and filtering

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Geotagging—combining tags with geographic data

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Once your tagging system is set up, you have to think about how your users will find information within it. What tools will you give them for navigating their tags or the tags of others?

Tags are unlike other kinds of navigation. There’s no up or down, no top or bottom, and in many cases no categories or facets to anchor the information. Navigating through tags is often a process of sifting rather than moving ...

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