I just stumbled across Wordle, an incredibly cool web 2.0 thingamabob that automagically renders text into “word clouds” like the one you see above. Wordle uses an algorithm to produce these images, wherein the more a word appears in a given selection of text, the larger that word appears in the end “cloud”. Wordle’s parser not only handles chunks of text typed/copied/pasted into its Ajaxy interface, but will also decode URLs and RSS feeds as well. I made the image above by feeding Wordle the index page for this website.
I found Wordle via DailyKos, where users had posted some word clouds generated from recent speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Here, for example, is one made using the text from Bill Clinton’s appearance last night:
And here’s a cloud made by an anonymous Wordle user just a few minutes ago, using text from a (translated) speech by Adolf Hitler:
I already know I’m going to burn a lot of time I really don’t have fiddling around with this. I’ll have a Flickr set rolling here soon, no doubt.