I’ve been having a lot of fun making word clouds using the free Wordle application. A word cloud is a visual representation of a piece of text, with words that appear more frequently showing up bigger and more prominently. Here is an example, using “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe…
The possibilities are endless! Change the font, color, arrangement, the frequency of words, whatever! Be creative!
Rodd Lucier has developed a list of his Top 20 Uses for Wordle at his blog The Clever Sheep.
The best part about Wordle, besides being free, is that the images created by the Wordle application are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license, which means that you can use them for anything you’d like, as long as you give the developer credit. Cool!