Word clouds are collections of words that are used define, describe or explain a particular concept or topic. The picture shown to the right is a word cloud created by Wordle to depict some of the social networking sites. Typically they are created from source texts about the concept or topic that is being illustrated. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text, and so in this way capture the essence of the topic.
Create a Wordle
“Wordle” is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. You can try this tool out below:
- Enter a list of words or other text (up to 400 characters);
- Click “Create your Wordle”;
- After creating it, click on the “Randomize” button to vary its appearance until you find one that you like.
Tagxedo enables you to create a beautifully shaped word cloud from any text that you enter. This can be famous speeches, news articles, slogans, your blog, tweets, or any RSS feed.
Tagxedo lets you customize your word cloud into various shapes, e.g., animals, countries, cars, clouds, fruit.
As is usual in word clouds, the words are individually sized to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.