Word Up!

Thanks to Brian over at The Cheek of God, I discovered a nifty & free little web-based “toy” by Jonathan Feinberg called Wordle.

Wordle generates very snazzy “word clouds”—a visual depiction that gives greater weight or prominence to words that appear more frequently in the provided source text—and lets you tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, color schemes, & more. It may seem like just a fun time-waster at first blush, but I think you can glean a bit of useful insight with this tool; since it prominently highlights your most commonly-used words, you may discover some interesting vocabulary trends within your writings.

I plugged in a sampling of 2Dolphins posts from the past 2-3 months and here’s the interesting result:

2Dolphins word cloud from Wordle

This reminds me of the Which Words Do You Own? study that I submitted our blog to last year. It’s interesting to see the difference in the word cloud from back then vs. this current one from Wordle.