Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another plug for Wordle

Wordle is one of those cool little applications that is fun to play with, fun to browse, and is perfect for looking at things a little differently (and it is free!).

"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."

Obama's Inaugural Address is a great example. The optimism, inclusiveness and and seriousness of purpose are very apparent. I used it to analyze my tags from LibraryThing and it clearly showed my preference for YA fiction and coming-of-age stories. How else can it be used to look at data that doesn't always lend itself to analysis?

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