Jeffrey Zeldman is a well known lecturer and author on web design according to his entry in the wikipedia. He has maintained a blog, Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report, on the topic since 1995. In April he ran a post, Tag clouds are the new mullets, semi-trashing tag clouds as being over done. So I wondered what his thoughts were on alternatives. I went to put in a comment to this post asking the question and noticed that he apparently does not take comments, at least on older posts. I did see that there are lots of comments on his most recent posts but the tag cloud one does not list comments or have a way to add them.
Anyway, I remain very interested in the concept of tag clouds. Typepad provides this option for category listing and I used it for a while. I then dropped the on my blog as I found the regular listing easier to read and it seemed redundant to have two categories archives, especially since I experiment with so much other stuff in my side bars. However, I many of my blog clients like tag clouds and I think it works for them. I may add mine back.
So I am interested in starting a conversation and will keep this comment field open to all legitimate comments. What do you think about tag clouds? Equally important, what do you see as alternatives to tag clouds?