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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Rainer
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Deena Cottingham
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There's always more cool things to learn about on the net! Thanks for sharing!

November 08, 2009 11:10 PM
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Jason Crouch
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Jim - Love this idea! Thanks for sharing the cheat! ;)
November 08, 2009 11:31 PM
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Mark VanBuskirk
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Something else to try! hmm!

November 09, 2009 04:53 AM
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Joyce Thomas
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Very cool.  More great information.  Now to implement it!  Thanks again!

November 09, 2009 07:52 AM
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Robert Savage
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Thanks for the information. I will add it to my toolbox.

November 09, 2009 08:19 AM
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thanks for the tip!  I have never known how to do this before and have already spent 30 minutes playing!! 

November 09, 2009 08:31 AM
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Darrell Walters
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Very cool tool. I haven't heard of this before but I seen a lot more images like these lately.

November 09, 2009 09:00 AM
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Patricia Aulson
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Hey...interest post today.   I've not heard of this before.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

November 09, 2009 10:10 AM
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This is so cool! Thanks for sharing, I am off to check it out now.

November 09, 2009 10:46 AM
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You cheater!  lol~  :-))

Seriously though, I can see where copying a blog post and pasting it into wordle could really help one see if the word cloud in their post is sending the right message and focus based on their word content. 

When I used my last couple posts to test the theory, the biggest cloud word wasn't a word at all, I guess I use this one way too much!! haha~

:-)

 

oh well, that's my signature and at least you know I'm happy!  :-)

 

November 09, 2009 11:50 AM
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Jim Lee
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Thanks Brad,

BTW, are we still having the AR paid bloggers get together at Ruths Chris Friday night at 8:00?

I need the limo to pick me up around 7:15 at the Embassy Suites.

See you then. ;) (I'm happy too)

November 09, 2009 01:31 PM
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Never heard of wordle so now this is on my list of places to visit today, and if I have to cheat ( Sorry manipulate!) then I will.

November 09, 2009 02:23 PM
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Hi Jim, Are you picking TLW and I up at the airport for the paid bloggers get together? I think we need to talk to the guys about getting a little bit of a raisse. What do think?

November 09, 2009 02:32 PM
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John Novak
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Tag clouds are a great way for people who process information visually to get a good look at their content. Thanks for sharing this tool, Jim!

November 09, 2009 03:54 PM
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Jim Lee
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The AR limo should be available when your flight gets in; I'll ask the driver to come pick you guys up too.

Should be a fun evening of great food, great wine, and blogger/AR talk.

I think a modest increase in our usual stipends would be in order; let's bring it up for discussion.

November 09, 2009 04:05 PM
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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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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 !

November 19, 2009 06:53 PM
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Thanks Jim - very interesting! 

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