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Recently, Marliyn Pratt Community is the Word about the tag cloud from her blogs.

I decided that I wanted to create a tag cloud as well. I struggled to find a site that would use either the RSS feed from my blogs or take my blog url  and recursively go through all blogs.  I discarded ManyEyes as an option for my blogs, because you have to enter the text itself After a few attempts, a finally ended up inputting the last 15 urls manually in to Raimaker. I excluded  the following words “business,card,create,code,richard,hirsch,the,data,etc,siemens,site,via,involve” and got the following cloud.

I thought it was interesting in that that the biggest words were “process” and “community”. Pretty much reflecting my current interests. I’d be curious to see a cloud on my earlier blogs. (If somebody has a site that might work, then just tell me in the comments).

I then decided to look at the tag cloud for all the scripts in the first completed scenario of the Community Project. To do this, I used ManyEyes and copied the entire text from the scripts. I deleted the first names and the roles. I expected that “process” would dominate but I was intrigued to see that customer and information were so predominant.

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  1. Craig Cmehil
    It’s an interesting thing to see someones interest boiled down to a tag cloud. I’ve used various sites over the years and created a few of my own apps to do tag clouds but the end result is always the same – a truly and unique look into the mind of another person.

    Nice job!

    1. Richard Hirsch Post author
      I think the next step is trying to find out how to really use these clouds. There is a great blog ( that deals with Second Generation Tag Clouds and tells how users might actually use these clouds and how such clouds may be integrated into future user interfaces.


      1. Craig Cmehil
        Tons of ideas around it but no one has really come out with a practical use case yet. last week at the Enterprise 2.0 Summit in Hannover several used a tag cloud as part of their presentation to explain “who I am” – work brilliantly!
        1. Nigel James
          Nice idea… it would be amazing to combine a tag cloud with a mind map to get the related concepts linking together rather than the linear approach.

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