Word Clouds

Thank you to Andrea James of SeattlePi.com for tipping us off about Wordle, a free website where you can create colorful word clouds of any group of words. (Her article focused on how Starbucks is changing the way they talk about themselves. Click here to read her article.)

I experimented with some of my wife’s papers for school, an old resume of mine, an article on Obama’s first 100 days and finally settled on the New York Times and Seattle Times endorsements of Barack Obama.

A lot of fun and some practical applications if you want to start analyzing speeches, articles, etc. – particularly how they might change over time.

Here are the two word clouds I came up with:

New York Times Endorsement of Barack Obama. (Click here for article)

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Seattle Times Endorsement of Barack Obama. (Click here for article)

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