17 August 2008

Create a word cloud graphic with new WORDLE!

Gotta tell you about this really great fun site I have discovered thanks to J.H. of TPVSWP. Its called WORDLE. Wordle is a toy 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. There are loads of combinations of fonts, colours, layout styles & background colours (Colour/Edit custom palette) you can create.

Try putting in the URL of your blog or website and see what it generates, or a favourite piece of verse or text, such as the words to a song or poem (just copy & paste into the box). Keep hitting the randomize button until you find a look you like or customise with the options provided. If you have Vista you can use the Snipping Tool to create an image file to save to your hard drive, which you could use on your blog or website (Just bear in mind it will be a graphic so won't be searchable). Browse the gallery to see what others have created. Here's some I have created from my blogs, plus one from the words to the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam!

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