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How to Create a Text Cloud or Tag Cloud for Your Website or Blog

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Looking for something interesting to surf today? No problem, let’s us introduce you some web services that can be used to create text cloud. A text cloud (also known as word cloud or tag cloud) is a visual representation for text data, typically used to depict keyword metadata (tags) on websites, or to visualize free form text.

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Creating a beautiful text cloud is incredibly easy by using the web services that we recommend in this post. All you have to do is enter a sentence, whole document or web address, the rest will be taken care by the system. For example, the word cloud as shown in the image above is generated by entering our website URL: http://www.quertime.com. Wonder how your website’s text cloud looks like? Try it yourself now!

Wordle
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

TagCrowd
TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any text by creating what is popularly known as a word cloud, text cloud or tag cloud. The web service specializes in making word clouds easy to read, analyze and compare, for a variety of useful purposes.

Tagxedo
Tagxedo turns words like famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.

Tagul
Tagul is a web service that enables you to create beautiful looking tag clouds and embed it on your web page.

Word It Out
WordItOut is the word cloud generator that gives you control with many custom settings. It lets you create word clouds from sentences, whole documents or web addresses and design your word clouds as you like. Once the word cloud is created, you can either embed it on your own website or download it as an image file.

Other Text Cloud Services

Search Cloudlet for Google, Yahoo and Twitter
Search Cloudlet is a Firefox extension that inserts smart tag clouds into Google / Yahoo / Twitter interface to help you search faster. This free productivity-boosting add-on was featured at LifeHacker, PC World, Website Magazine, etc. Install it now to add magic to your search.

Tweet Cloud
This Tweet Cloud shows you the major words found in the most recent tweets of all users or those of a specific user. For example searching on TV typically lets you know what shows people are watching.

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