Wordle.net is probably the coolest thing since sliced bread. A lots of online applications are interesting/useful/fun but nerdy. For example, YouTube can be very interesting, it has tons of uses and is always a good time. But let’s face it, YouTube is super geeky. If you had told people in the 90s that in ten years they would sit around a computer and watch videos posted by random strangers for hours they would have laughed at you. Blogging is right up there with YouTubing all day. Anyone who considers blogging to be among their hobbies is probably a bit of a nerd. I’m not saying nerdiness is a bad thing. I’m just saying we should call it what it is.
Wordle stands in stark to the great void of internet geekdome. Wordle is badass even by 90s standards. This is what Wordle has to say about itself:
“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.”
Here is this blog post as interpreted by Wordle:
Cool, right? Now I understand that there are sceptics out there who may think “cool” isn’t good enough for them. These fancy folks need “useful.” Well guess what, Señor Practical, Wordle is not only cool, it is also useful. Off the top of my head, I can think of about a million and one uses for Wordle. Here’s the shortlist.
1. Use Wordle to create an awesome cover page for any paper.
2. Write a poem for your love interest. Wordle it. Give said love interest the Wordle (keep the poem to yourself, that’s kind of cheesy).
3. Create a Wordle based on your company website. Post it on the website to show everyone how awesome you are.
4. Having trouble coming up with tag words for your nerdy blog post? Wordle it, tag the largest words and post the image on your blog. You’ll go from nerdy to cool in under a minute!