Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Word Clouds (Part 1)

Good news! It seems that Wordle is back!  After being down for some time the popular word cloud creation site is back up and running.  So for those of you that love this site, get back to creating!

For those of you that don't know what Wordle is or even what word clouds are, let me explain.  Word clouds are essentially pictures created by words.  For example, Wordle allows you to copy/input text of some sort and then automatically creates a picture from the words you inputted.  The words within in the picture adjust in font size according to how many times that particular word is used in the text provided. Check out this link from the Wordle gallery for a good example of a word cloud based on the US Constitution: http://www.wordle.net/display/wrdl/1381018/US_Constitution.


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