an interesing followup to his earlier article on folksonomies and tagging in general: Remove Forebrain and Serve: Tag Clouds II. “The intellectual problem is that tag clouds create a data world where subtopics are detached from their parents; where the very notion of parent/child relations no longer exists. The counter-argument is, who cares?”
Tag clouds are the new mullets. “It is of course wrong to compare weighted tag clouds to mullets, mood rings, and similar instances of mindless pop-cultural detritus. Tag clouds are not dumb. Their smartness is why so many have rushed to use them. But ubiquity and repetition quickly turn sweets to ashes.”
Four years ago,
Zeldman published his seminal article To Hell With Bad Browsers on A List Apart. Yesterday, Anil Dash wrote a nice tribute to the article and its effects on the web world.
Jeffrey Zeldman has a problem
with a not-Zeldman using Kinja. While I agree that it’s annoying, and in that particular case I think Kinja should definitely take down the pretend user, if it were another person with another username, I’m not so sure that it’s clear what should be done. BTW there is a “mikel” over there, but it’s Mikel Maron, a perfectly legitimate user of the name I also use throughout the web. Does either one of us have a claim to the name? I don’t think so.
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