Saturday, November 15, 2008
I Am Loving Wordle: A Fun & Easy Text Cloud Generator
I am loving Wordle.
Wordle is a free online app for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
Simple, easy, applicable options include available color palettes, your choice of all upper or lower case- or a combination, choosing whether or not the words are vertical, horizontal or half and half and more. You can edit as you'd like or use the 'randomizer' for variations.
Think about using them for presentations or report covers, screen savers and more. Inventive, malleable and creative, Wordle does have some limitations (read more about the FAQs on the site).
And for those creative types those who like a little more control and wish to determine their own hex colors and weighted words, he now has Wordle Advanced.
Here are a few examples I just generated in less than 5 minutes, using the paragraph from the beginning of this post and the 'randomizer' tool:
Wordle was created by Jonathan Feinberg (shown above)
In his own words he also credits all these helpful folks.
Go play with Wordle now.