Tuesday, July 15, 2008

'Word clouds' galore...

We have all seen those 'word clouds' around the net. They are used to graphically and textually represent the content of a set of tags or perhaps the text in an article or on a page.

Well now comes wordle dot net that lets you create your own 'word clouds', from content of your choice. It could be some writing of yours on the web, or your photo tags at flickr or your last love letter to your girl ...whatever you want.

Here are just a couple of examples:

This one is apparently the 23rd Psalm.

Here is Kristin's page where she leaves a sweet thought for her darling husband and a simple 'happy birthday' thought to Tiffany.

While you can not register a particular name you can accumulate 'wordles' under your ID of choice. Before saving them you can use the randomize button at the page to display them in varying colors, arrangements, and page backgrounds.

Because the application is java-driven you also can not capture a jpeg of your 'wordle'. But the site does explain other methods to capture the image. As all images are created under a Creative Commons Attribution license you are free to use them to your heart's content.

Try it out, have some fun ...or at least a brief moment of nonsensical diversion.


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