[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
Wordle is a fun, free, computer-based program or “toy created by Jonathan Feinberg for generating word clouds.” The word clouds are created from “text provided by you.” As the site describes, “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.” Try creating a cloud with the “URL of any blog, blog feed, or any other web page that has an Atom or RSS feed or a del.icio.us user name” and see what happens! Once your word cloud is created, you can manipulate its appearance and even alphabetize the words within the cloud.
As you’ll see in my magical Wordle demo video, one click and…poof! A word cloud appears before your eyes! Amazing!
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