By DaveLevy on Sep 01, 2008
I was browsing sun blogs, when I was pointed at this blog, "Startups" which has an article on wordle. This produces word maps from feed URLs. You can see a view of mine below, it was taken earlier today.
Wordle is (cc) Attribution only, so I need to say the picture above is produced by wordle.net [site | faq ]. Its a Java App so sadly, I had to screenscrape the full size picture, and so generating one per article is too much of a fag, and hard to do ; they use the feed and so see many articles. Word mapping is becoming a powerful tool, but this needs to be licensed by the blog publisher to be included as part of the blog server functionality. I think we'd want clouds/article and clouds/blog. I thought I'd check out what happens if one uses a feed, so I also did one on planetsun.org. See below. It suggests to me that wordle has a fairly short view back in history.
Of course both my blog and the sun bloggers site have hyperlinked tag clouds, which again diminished the use of wordle to us. I wonder if it teaches us anything for other applications such as our "CEC Messaging Platform".