Ever since Pinterest erupted online I’ve been seeing these graphic text visualization images.
I love the use of visual word imagery to convey a message from a block of text.
I found myself sharing and re pinning other peoples’s images when I realized I should be creating some myself.
Then just last week when I was on Dan Thies and Leslie Rohde’s Emergency webinar, (click on the link to view the replay for free) I heard Dan mention the word “Wordle”.
I immediately realized this was the site I was searching for…
Dan mentioned Using Wordle to summarize his blog posts. I thought that was a brilliant idea!
I headed over to Wordle and began to play around Duru style 🙂 and see what other creative uses I could find for Wordles, so here are my results:
1. The About Me Wordle
Create a Wordle from all my Social Profiles from around the web. (as seen in the image below)
This idea is kind of cool, I have to admit. What better way for people to see what I am about at a glance?
Then I used this image as one of my profile photos in Google Plus! (I should have made the image musch smaller before uploading…)
2. Using Wordle to Create a Cool Kindle Book Cover
The creator of Wordle actually used a Wordle image as part of his business card!
3. Using Wordle For Summarizing a Blog Post (Dan Thies Method)
Wordle is a great way to show someone visually what your blog post is about. Use it as a thumbnail or link bait, it’s your choice.
Below is a Wordle I created for my post on Video Transcription Resources
4. Using Wordle to Generate Traffic Aka Link Bait
The best way to get some trusty traffic from people drawn to what your Wordle conveys is by using Pinterest.
Simply publish your Wordle on the web and pin to Pinterest. Then share your Pinterest image to Google Plus and Facebook. Pretty simple yet powerful stuff.
You can also contribute tho the public Wordle gallery as shown in the video above and have your Wordle go viral if it’s good.
Got creative uses for Wordle? Share them in the comments below!