Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Word Clouds (Part 2)



So hopefully you've checked out Wordle by now but did you know there are many more alternatives that allow you to do the same thing and more?  In this post, I'm going to use content from an article found here with a description in each websites own words.  I encourage you to check out the article and each one of these sites and see which will best meet your needs!

"ABCya! Word Clouds are graphical representations of words.  A Word Cloud can represent any main idea or topic based on the words used.  ABCya! Word Clouds are fun and exciting because they allow for creativity and imagination beyond lists or graphic organizers."

"Write a comment or poem in the shape of hearts or other symbols."

"Tag clouds are visualizations of term frequencies. A tag cloud allows you to see common terms in a text by grouping like terms together and emphasizing frequent terms."

"WordSift was created to help teachers manage the demands of vocabulary and academic language in their text materials. We especially hope that this tool is helpful in supporting English Language Learners. We want WordSift to be a useful tool, but we also want it to be fun and visually pleasing. We would be happy if you think of it playfully - as a toy in a linguistic playground that is available to instantly capture and display the vocabulary structure of texts, and to help create an opportunity to talk and explore the richness and wonders of language!"

"WordItOut is the word cloud generator that gives you control with many custom settings. Free to use and no sign up required!"

"TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any user-supplied text by creating what is popularly known as a tag cloud or text cloud."

"VocabGrabber analyzes any text you're interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context. Just copy text from a document and paste it into the box, and then click on the "Grab Vocabulary!" button. VocabGrabber will automatically create a list of vocabulary from your text, which you can then sort, filter, and save."

"Tagul is designed for web masters who want to place nice clouds on their web pages. Tagul clouds have numerous advantages against ordinary text clouds like custom fonts, cloud shapes, colors, etc. and thus Tagul clouds have much fancier look. Tagul clouds are more entertaining for your web site visitors provide better user experience."

As described by the article: Tag Cloud Generator allows you to "generate your tag clouds in html and flash online with just a few steps."

Tag Cloud Generator. (Yes it is named the same as the previous...)
"Tag clouds or word clouds are getting more and more popular to visualize nicely the different links on a website. These tag clouds serve mostly to create a good internal linking for google but not an undesired link chaos for the customer. With this tag cloud generator you may now create your own tag clouds for free and public domain. We created some possibilities to generate your tag clouds with nice backgrounds and some nice gimmicks. Just enter the internet address and then you may create your own tag clouds easily. Later on you generate the source code and enter it into your website."

and one more, my personal favorite....

"Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text."

(FYI: I used Tagxedo for the word cloud above!)

Enjoy!

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