Posted by repplinger
You’ve probably seen the work of Wordle without knowing what it is or does. From a campus meeting that took place yesterday, I discovered Wordle.net. It groups and aggregates words that are displayed within a web page. For words that are used several times within a web page, the size of the word grows to emphasize its use. Words that are large are used frequently, while small words are used infrequently.
I tested Wordle.net with this blog (Library Shop Talk) to see how it compares with the purpose of this blog, and came up with the following. (This is only the home page with ten of the latest posts). Google is the most frequently occurring word. I’m not too surprised because I write a lot about Google. It was interesting to see the other words that were highlighted/emphasized: Mobile, books, publishers, source, librarians, copyright, available, read library, settlement, school libraries, groups.
Keep in mind that this is a snapshot in time, and the words will likely be very different next week. However, to make it interesting, I checked the entire blog and came up with even greater variation (see below). The results seem identical, so I wonder if it wasn’t picking up everything in the blog, and just going with the top ten again. It doesn’t even pick up technology, which has dozens of post. At any rate, it is pretty fun and it is a useful analytical tool!