From CUNY Academic Commons


Wordle example generated from the Commons URL on 05/09/10 – courtesy of


Wordle is a web-based tool that creates cloud-like images from text you feed into it. You can cut a block of text and paste it into Wordle’s interface, or just provide a url, and Wordle will generate a customizable cloud. You can choose colors, fonts, layouts, or just click on randomize until you find one that suits your needs.

Possible Uses

Tired of searching the Web for an appropriate image for your web page? Just wordle it! According the terms of service, you can capture the images from the screen and use them anywhere, as long as you cite Wordle as the source. Just do a screen print, and paste into photoshop, crop out the stuff you don’t want, adjust the size, save it as a image, and you are good to go.

Images created by the web application are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.