To make a Wordle, go to wordle.net and click the “Create Your Own” link. On the next screen, cut and paste a block of text and click “Go,” or supply the URL of a web page with an RSS or Atom feed and click “Submit.” Other sites such as ABCYa.com and WordItOut.com also have tools for making word clouds.
Wordle, created by Jonathan Feinberg, generates “word clouds,” graphics composed of words where the most prominent words in the cluster are the ones used most often in the source text. The Wordle app offers users several tweaks, including a wide selection of fonts, layouts and color schemes. Wordles are free to users to keep and distribute however they wish. In addition, users can print them and save them to their personal computers and devices. Wordle also offers a FAQ and community forum as well as an advanced Wordle generator and a link to make donations to help maintain the site.
Several other websites, such as Tagxedo.com, ImageChef.com and JasonDavies.com, also generate word clouds. Many offer more customizable features for fonts, symbols and color than Wordle.net and are fairly kid-friendly. Word clouds are popular in classrooms and many websites are specially geared toward children.