Wordle Tool and More

We have all seen those maps of words — indeed this blog uses one to display tags used in this blog.

I have now found the free tool you can use to create your own.  Here it is (Wordle). You can paste any text into the tool, or “[e]nter the URL of any blog, blog feed, or any other web page that has an Atom or RSS feed.”  There are also lots of color and layout options to get the right effect.

As a demonstration, I ran Prof Tribe’s speech to the Conference of Chief Justices through it.

Here is what came up.

Not surprising that “justice,” “system,” and “judicial” seem to be the biggest.


Kate Bladow, at Technola has used Tagxedo to create the same kind of cloud in the shape of the scales of justice.  (see her Comment below for more information.)

Not sure what it means that “judges” come down on the right, and “rules” are on the left.  Or that it tilts down to the right?

Now try this at home!  Have a fun time.


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2 Responses to Wordle Tool and More

  1. richardzorza says:

    Kate, you are a genius!

  2. Kate says:

    Richard –

    I’ve been fascinated with word clouds for a while and covered a few tools, including Wordle, that people can use to create them in a blog post on techno.la. But my favorite tool is Tagxedo, which I just learned about at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Tagxedo allows you to easily specify the shape of the world cloud. I created an example for the speech above in the shape of the scales of justice.

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