Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Charley's gift, v. 2.0

Below is the essence of a previous post in visual form, courtesy of Wordle.net. (Clicking on the image will take you to a larger, more legible version.)

This new widget (at least I think it qualifies as a widget) lets you input text, then turns it into a visual representation. Repeated words appear larger, and users have the option of omitting common words like "a", "the", "of", etc. (For the above, I manually deleted all but selected key words.) A variety of fonts, color schemes and layouts are available as well. It's fun, and it's free! I see productivity plummeting as our informal writers' circle starts playing with this...

HT remchick, who sent me (appropriately enough) a Wordle collage of R.E.M. lyrics last night.

1 comment:

Remchick said...

How cool is that?

I was so excited when I found that the other night. A presenter at the conference I'm attending this week shared one I created with everyone this morning, so it's spreading rapidly.

If you haven't, be sure to read the FAQ at wordle, it's actually quite interesting!!