I’m still enjoying using the del.icio.us tagging as a sample in the space of power-law things to look at more closely.
Let’s look at the long tail of one entry. Typically it’s hard to get a actual long tail onto a page. These are all the tags for http://scholar.google.com/ (see here). 623 unique tags.
I’ve sorted the list into alphabetical order give all tags, particularly those from the long tail, a more equal standing. You can draw your own conclusions; bearing in mind that one sample isn’t much.
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