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All items in a list are not created equally. That’s the idea behind weighted lists that, via font size, emphasize popular items and minimize unpopular ones. This list of cities at Craigslist, this list of tags at Flickr (excerpt shown at left), and this list of goals at 43things are a few examples.
The cool thing is that by merely altering font sizes, these lists suddenly gain a dimension; You can still find items alphabetically but you can also use visual weight to find the most requested items. My guess is we’ll be seeing a lot more of these weighted lists.