Monday, February 16, 2009

Wordles.........

Because last night's post was just one looooooooooooooooooooong complaint, I decided to post early today and share something fun/quirky/cool that I discovered while taking an online Web 2.0 course earlier in the school year.

A Wordle is sort of like a word cloud, only you can make it as fun/quirky/cool as you want it.

All you have to do is go to the Wordle website, join for free, and create your own Wordle. You can enter the text of a poem, random words, or even the web address of any site with an Atom or RSS feed. I have no idea what those mean, but I typed in the address of my own personal blog and it worked.

http://www.wordle.net

The size of the word is determined by the number of times the word appears. Just for fun, I typed in the blog address of my friend MamaNeena, and the word "trash" was the largest word. Hmmmmm.......

I'm going to try song lyrics next. A friend at school used the names of the people in her family and printed the Wordle to be framed.

If you already knew about Wordle, please shut up. It seems I always find fun/quirky/cool things years (or decades) after everyone else has found them.

I have to warn you, this site can suck hours and hours of time away if you tend to be like me and experiment with fonts, colors, positioning of words, etc.

Read the FAQ section for additional tips, like how to do a screen capture of your Wordle as opposed to inserting the code for your Wordle, which makes it appear kind of small in your blog.

Happy Wordling!

2 comments:

MamaNeena said...

hehe...I'm trashy!

perhaps that should be my next tattoo

Ann(ie) said...

fun!! Gotta try it!