Data-Visualization: Tag Clouds with Wordle

There are many tools around to create word clouds from text, tag lists etc.

Wordle allows you to copy / paste a text fragment into their user interface or link to a user name to use tags from the saved bookmarks. What differentiates Wordle from other tools are the various features to format the resulting word clouds. You can arrange the text layout in different ways (Horizontal / Vertical / mixed / Free flow), select fonts from a list and apply coloring templates for the display. The results are quite impressive and cover a broad spectrum of popular layouts.

Wordle is a Java application (no source available) created by Jonathan Feinberg. We’ve played around with it a bit and word clouds create with Wordle from some of our recent articles are shown below.

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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.

More information:
Wordle web site and application
Our first sample word cloud
Our second sample word cloud
Our third sample word cloud

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