April 6, 2010

About Clouds

Posted in Random, thought tagged , , , at 10:43 pm by silivalilife

Did you notice that when a new meaning is suddenly assigned to an old, ordinary word by a stronghold of this world, a lot of others try to exploit it by getting their share of attention.

Looks like that is what happens with the cloud.

I met at least three different meanings in the press these days. Let me know if you know if others. 

1. The first, and to my knowledge first coming to fashion of Cloud is much better explained in Wikipedia at this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing

2. This term has been around for a while when the internet decided to use already vocal term using it for blogging tags. I guess very soon everybody who gets into web   will know about tag clouds. Wikipedia rules again:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_cloud

3. The TV commercials have a special talent in picking buzz words, that is how the mattress shops came up with Tempurpedic clouds.

4. The fashion industry may be far from technology, that is why it started using the term just recently. And as always concentrating on sound more than the meaning it decided to use it in its own way. Today I noticed mannequins on a stand with a cloud of tags in the Nordstrom shopping window, one like the WordPress tag cloud. Quite creative.

Who would say this word had one main meaning for thousand years?