Word clouds were all the rage a couple of years ago as one of the iconic symbols of Web 2.0. blogs and social bookmarking tools everywhere were including tag clouds to show the relative prominence of words or categories throughout their pages.
Wordle then joined the scene to offer a do-it-yourself word cloud generator: Anyone could type in a URL (perfect for a blog), and get a word cloud back in seconds. It’s since become a marketing tool, and PowerPoint fodder in “about us” slides. Cheesy as it may sound, it’s a good way to get a quick glimpse of any given blog or site.
Now a bigger and badder word cloud generator comes along. Tagxedo has AJAX buttons to modify word clouds on the fly and toggle shapes, fonts colors and all kinds of other options. Below is one I made for this blog in about 4 seconds.
It’s the first one that popped up, but in the way of StumbleUpon or Urbanspoon, you can also hit a button to shake up all of the above options and spit out a randomly styled word cloud for your site. Hours of fun (OK, maybe minutes). Check it out here.