ImageCloud plugin

During my work I got confronted with Wordle. A colleague used Wordle to show what a specific website was about. I got interested in how these beautiful word clouds were made and if I could add them to my own website.

Regrettably, the Wordle algorithms cannot be shared by the author because of intellectual property reasons (IBM owns his work). Given the popularity of Wordle, I found it strange that no WordPress plugin existed that would generate similar word clouds. Searching the web for similar algorithms didn’t provide me with much answers either. But hey, how hard can it be? I decided to have a go at it myself.

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text2tag plugin

I have been wondering how to keep the tags in a blog to describe its content accurately. As I’m not the most disciplined person, tagging posts correctly and precisely is not what I’m best at. During my work I encountered someone who had made use of Wordle. He used Wordle to quickly analyse the contents of a website. The result was great. Simply counting the words seemed a simply and effective way to accurately describe the contents of a site.

So I ended up creating two plugins: one for creating tag-clouds that have the “Wordle” look and feel, and one for “tagging” posts, simply by enumerating all used words in a post. The first is described on an other post: ImageCloud plugin. The second has become the “text2tag” plugin.

The text2tag plugin can be downloaded from WordPress: Text2Tag.
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