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Topic Clouds are extensions of Tag Clouds, commonly used on the web as an efficient way of showing a set of available options or tags to the user, along with a visual metric indicating the relative importance of the tag to the user. Example of different styles being applied to a topic cloud are shown below.
Sample Topic Cloud showing a selection of Skills known by People using font size as a differentiator, the larger skill names are known by more people
Sample Topic Cloud showing a selection of Skills known by People using font color as a differentiator, dimmer skills are known by fewer people
Topic Clouds may be generated either from the specific context of topic, or the entire topic map.