Create Beautiful Word Clouds with Wordle

“It’s only words and words are all I have, to take your heart away!” (Confused? Google it!)

Words have the potential to change the world (Obama?). Words give us hope, and confront us in times of despair. The digital age can’t live without words. We blog with words, text with them, write them down, send them in e-cards and often fall in love with them.

So what’s the big deal?

Oh, I just stumbled over a web app called Wordle. Wordle is a ‘toy’ which lets you create cool word clouds. It can create word clouds from any bunch of words or you can provide a RSS feed or a del.icio.us username and Wordle will automatically fetch the words, and give you a beautiful word cloud.

Guess what, you can use these word clouds anywhere, even on commercial publications. All creations are under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. So don’t be amazed if you see one on the Time Magazine Cover! (Read the FAQ for details)

Here is a Wordle I created with the words from this post. See the gallery for more!

Beautiful Word Clouds with Wordle

Wordle interface is a Java applet, so you need to turn on Java Support on your browser. You can save the file as a PDF or take a print out directly from the applet. There is no option to save as an image file, but you can always take a screenshot. There are lots of options to play with, including fonts, colors, alignment, and some language filters. You can also save your Wordle into the public gallery. Consider reading the FAQ, if you need to learn some extra tricks.

Where can I use it? Any Ideas?

Since it’s a CC 3.0 product, you can use it almost anywhere! It can be the cover of your college magazine, maybe you can think of a greeting card, or include a Wordle on your business card. Your imagination is the limit! Try out Wordle now!

Thanks to @mistygirlph for sharing her Wordle with me (can’t find the link now) and letting me know of this cool app. Check out her blog Digigirl where she writes about her online life and other random thoughts.

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20 Comments

  1. Posted February 23, 2009 at 22:03 | Permalink

    Nice tool. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Posted February 24, 2009 at 18:31 | Permalink

      My pleasure!

      Dont forget to checkout the randomize button when you are using this one! I just created some cool Clouds using that! Glad that you loved it!

  2. JAGAN
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 22:42 | Permalink

    just amazing. i would like to thank u for carrying out reviews of such great tools

    • Posted February 24, 2009 at 22:46 | Permalink

      Glad that you loved it, it took away a lot of my time, I think I am a bit addicted to Wordle, just cant stop creating new Wordle’s ;)

  3. Posted February 25, 2009 at 22:45 | Permalink

    Love the post and thanks for the credits.. I think the reason we blog is because we do want to share our ideas and inspire others to create. Many of those who saw the Wordle got excited and saw many possibilities of creating their own stories and use it either as wall paper or place it in their blogs to tell others what they are all about. Thanks for sharing : )

    • Posted February 26, 2009 at 00:02 | Permalink

      Ah, you deserve the credits, no need to thank at all.

      Yep, we blog so that we can share and get feedback. And to make Friends too, like you :)

      I am gonna put a wordle on my card too!. Thanks for letting me know about this cool app!

  4. Viraj - New Web Business
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 15:31 | Permalink

    I think they would look a bit messy on your site if you display as a sidebar widget.

    • Posted February 28, 2009 at 21:58 | Permalink

      i dont think its intended to bisplayed on sidebars.(this is not a widget). You can use it on the back of your business card, I am going to do it like that soon. Also my desktop has different kinds of wordle’s now.

  5. Posted March 11, 2009 at 16:21 | Permalink

    Will definitely check this with one of my post and create the word clouds!

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Posted March 19, 2009 at 02:11 | Permalink

    Arun,

    This is such a cool tool. I could spend hours on your site reading all your posts but I have to work! Also thank you for all your help with my blog theme!
    You are a generous guy.
    :)

    Also what comment plugin are you using?, I love the set up.

    • Posted March 20, 2009 at 22:54 | Permalink

      Linda,

      Nice to see you here :) Tnks for the good words..
      I am not using any comments plugin, whatever you see here, came with the theme!
      Basically, I am a plugin minimalist, if I can skip a plugin with some code, I will do that!

      Cheers,

  7. Posted March 27, 2009 at 18:45 | Permalink

    Buddy I found a similar application like Wordle ! It is very cool ! You can create it on symbols too !
    link

    • Posted March 29, 2009 at 13:57 | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing mate..

      @All: Pradeep has written about an tool that can shape your image clods into standard shapes or letters. Pretty cool :)

      • Posted March 29, 2009 at 16:57 | Permalink

        Thanks for the credits mate ! :D

        • Posted March 30, 2009 at 19:03 | Permalink

          I am the one who should be thanking you, because you added more resources to the post, thats the true essense of a blog, community participation :)

  8. jam
    Posted September 21, 2009 at 02:45 | Permalink

    That is quite interesting, Check out this wordle projcet it gives a new perspective of looking at the inuagural addresses (all of them). Its much easier to digest than reading them all, however looking at wordle may just intrigue one to read the whole address. You may even be suprised by some of them. There is a stark contrast between lincolns first and second.

    http://www.governingdynamo.com/blog/2009/8/19/take-a-look-at-some-historic-american-rhetoric.html

    • Posted September 22, 2009 at 22:38 | Permalink

      Cool, thats a creative deployment of wordle, thanks for sharing. Wordle would look cool on business cards too, give it a try :)

  9. Posted March 21, 2011 at 08:45 | Permalink

    Our team manually integrates Wordle Word Clouds with Google Analytics. Now in GA Version 5, (not released to everyone yet), there are integrated Word Clouds. Well, Google refers to them as Term Clouds but they are the same thing.

    We still will use the manual integration method using Wordle when we want a beautiful word cloud for presentation purposes, but it is nice to have word clouds instantly available now.

    Check out this post on why term clouds in Google Analytics are so special:
    Term Clouds in Google Analytics Blog Post

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