How to 'cheat' with Wordle (the word cloud website)

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX By The Bay

By now lots of us have likely heard something about www.Wordle.net, the website that lets you build a "word cloud" like the one below which is made of words used in a post. The most used words appear larger and seldom used words appear as smaller.

While that is a very cool application to add some color and visual interest to a post, there may be occasions where you want words other than the most used ones to appear larger and more prominent.

There's a very easy way to make that happen by simply 'cheating' when you paste your word cloud in to Wordle to transform it. In this example I'm deliberately only using the words "Knoxville Real Estate" and "Jim Lee, Realtor" one time to illustrate my point.

Here's the normal Wordle with all the words in this post as you see it.

knoxville tn homes for sale provided by knoxville area realtor jim lee

Now let's suppose for whatever reason you want the keywords I mentioned above to appear more prominently in your word cloud.

Simply by adding them multiple times ( I added each one 6 times) you can dramatically alter the output of your Wordle world cloud should you have a reason to want to.

Here's the same word cloud as above with the added keywords mentioned above.

knoxville tn real estate, knoxville real estate, and knoxville homes for sale

And to capture the above Wordle files I used MWSnap, a free screen capture utility that has a lot more functionality than simply using the print screen key on your keyboard and it's my favorite price, FREE!

BTW, even though MWSnap is freeware someone had to work to develop it. I made a contribution to that person from the site I downloaded it from.

Happy cheating. ;)


PS, I saved the above images as .JPG files which also gives you the option to insert (slip) your own keywords in the image description and title when you insert the file into your post.

 

 

 

 

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX By The Bay

150 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

Visit New Hampshire Maine Real Estate.com to search homes, get Seacoast area information, and find out how great living on the New Hampshire and southern Maine Seacoast really is.

 

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Jim,

At first glance I skipped over your blog.  I keyed in on "Cheat." I glad I took a second look at it.  I will definitely check it out.

November 09, 2009 08:44 PM
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Dana Devine
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really kool stuff jim thanks for sharing...i like cheating...well knowing more than the next person

November 10, 2009 03:04 PM
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DeeDee Riley
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Very cool, Jim.  Thank you.  I think you could make some pretty catchy note cards with that too!

November 12, 2009 12:59 AM
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Michele Connors
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Oh great...I stumble on this as I am shutting down for the night... There goes my plans to clean :-)

Off to Wordle and to play around with the FREE ideas. Thanks Jim !

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Thanks Jim - very interesting! 

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