I tried to used Tagxedo to create a word cloud, but because I don’t have the Silverlight plug-in, it didn’t work for me. However, I found another website, https://wordart.com and created this Leadership word cloud: https://wordart.com/o4z8w63zi4km/leadership from the this website: http://briandownard.com/leadership-skills-list/.
There are several personalization capabilities built into this website:
Words: Type in the words manually, import words from a spreadsheet or from a website. Decide whether the words show up once or multiple times. I typed in the words manually and elected for individual words to show up only one time in the word cloud.
Shapes: Select from many different shapes available on the website or add an image of your own in which the words will reside. I chose the built-in “globe” image.
Fonts: Choose from several fonts or add your own font. I selected the built-in BPreplay Italic font.
Layout: Choose the direction and placement of the words in your word cloud. I chose for the words to show up in a “positive slope.”
Colors & Animation: Select the color(s) of the words and personalize how words will be highlighted when scrolled over. When you scroll over a word in my word cloud, you’ll see it enlarge in a pink box with green lettering.
This website is fairly user friendly . . . just remember to press the “Visualize” buttton to see your word cloud and after your edits in order for changes to take effect.
This tool is a way to show words that are connected with an idea and can help identify words that are listed most often on a webpage. Word clouds can help to create a visceral impact that may not happen when staring at a page of text. Word clouds can also help quickly identify themes and can be an interesting way to start a conversation around a particular topic.