Tagul Word Clouds

 In September this year, a new word-cloud creator was launched – Tagul – similar to the incredibly popular Wordle (see also How to Use Wordle by digitalmaverick).  It differs from Wordle though in that each word in the cloud spins and turns as you pass your mouse over it, as well as linking to a Google search for that word if you click on it.

It is also possible in Tagul to choose the shape of your word cloud, as this heart-shaped image from the website demonstrates. Other shapes available are: cloud, star, triangle, pentagram, rectangle and circle.

 To begin making word clouds, you need to register, then you can create and save  up to 10 word clouds, as well as creating  embed codes for each which you can use on any website or blog post.Tagul_Heart_Cloud

“Each tag in a  Tagul cloud is linked with a URL and is “clickable”in  that  it  enables visitors to use it for navigation….  Tagul also has some features that Wordle doesn’t, like custom shapes selection and multiple fonts usage in one cloud.”  (Tagul website)

The downside is that you can’t enter your own text – it must come from a website (URL) and therefore it is difficult to determine the size of the words, as this star-shaped Tagul shows. However, once the tags are generated, there is an option to delete any words which you don’t want to appear in the final word cloud.

Wordle

 

 

Use this site to create amazing word pictures, or titles for booklets and PowerPoint presentations.

 

http://wordle.net/

 

When you create your word picture, the more times you repeat a word, the larger it will show up in your word picture. The fewer times you repeat it, the smaller it will show up.

 

There are endless combinations of color schemes, fonts and layout designs, and each time you make a change the layout of the words randomly changes. It’s very difficult to exactly reproduce a word picture that you like, so save the ones you like as you go.

 

To save your word picture, hit the Print Screen button, then paste into a Word document. Use the picture toolbar to crop your image, then save it. You can also copy it and open in a program like Paint Shop Pro, then save as a jpeg.

 

Have a look at recent creations in the Wordle gallery, and save your best creations here if you would like others to see them. 

 

http://wordle.net/gallery?start=163895

 

At the moment there is no censorship on the word pictures created, so Wordle may not be a good website to encourage your students to use.