A word cloud, or tag cloud, is a visual representation of keywords within a text. It displays words and phrases from small to large to demonstrate how frequently they appear within the text.
Word clouds give an interesting view into the most important words and themes in any text: public speeches, books and documents, social media posts, customer reviews, etc.
Try MonkeyLearn’s free word cloud generator for quick and easy word cloud creation.
There are a number of word cloud tools available, and they’re generally pretty simple to use: just copy and paste text or upload a file.
If you’re interested in gaining deeper insights from your data, you might want to delve into text analysis with machine learning. But, for a quick overview, word clouds are a great way to get started with data analysis.
The Top 10 Free Word Cloud Tools:
- MonkeyLearn Word Cloud Generator | AI-powered and user-friendly
- WordArt | Make your cloud into art
- Wordle | Simple, custom clouds
- ABCya! | Word clouds and games for kids
- WordClouds | Colorful and easy to use
- TagCrowd | Analytical research and visual poetry
- Tagxedo | Search Twitter and news data
- WordItOut | Use emojis in your cloud
- Ticklar | News cloud creator by date and location
- Jason Davies | Manually rotate words in the cloud
MonkeyLearn’s artificial intelligence has the ability to recognize word pairs or connected phrases, like “Google cloud platform” or “predictive analytics” (as seen in the cloud above) that can be missed by other word cloud creators.
You can change the font or text color, color theme, word grouping, number of words that appear in the cloud, or simply click ‘Edit Text’ to remove irrelevant words. The generator shows how many times each word appears in the text and even assigns a relevancy score to each word.
You can jump right into more advanced MonkeyLearn text analysis tools from right within the generator, like the keyword extractor, sentiment analyzer, and feedback classifier. Or, download your word cloud in high-quality formats like SVG and PNG, as well as a CSV file with your list of words and their relevance scores.
With WordArt’s cloud creator you can cut and paste text, or enter a URL to input text automatically.
As the name suggests, this site is mainly used for turning your word cloud into art. You can create shapes of animals, numbers, holiday and wedding themes, and more. WordArt connects directly to a Zazzle store where you can print your image as a wall hanging, T-shirt, mug, mouse pad, etc.
You can change the size of words individually to customize your look, then play with text direction, color schemes, size, or font.
Although the web version currently only works with Firefox Extended Service Release, Wordle remains a favorite word cloud generator for its straightforward simplicity.
You may need to install the desktop version (for Mac or Windows) to get it to work, but once it’s downloaded, you’ll be generating word clouds in no time.
ABCya! presents a word cloud generator as a teaching device and fun game for kids. Click ‘Start,’ and simply type or paste text, then hit ‘Create.’ Your word cloud will be constructed in seconds.
It’s a great way to teach kids to have fun playing with words and recognize why certain keywords may be more important than others. You can randomize the cloud and watch the animation move the words into a new shape. It’s pretty simplistic, but by all accounts, kids love it.
Change color, font, and layout to your desire and save or print your word cloud for future use. ABCya! has a whole lineup of other learning games for kids, too.
TagCrowd allows you to paste text, enter a URL, or upload a file. The visual sophistication is fairly low, but customization options, like Porter Stemming (grouping together of similar words), offer added insight to a text.
Created by Daniel Steinbock while a PhD student at Stanford, TagCrowd seems to be just as interested in the poetic use of word clouds, as the analytical. Steinbock suggests uses for the TagCrowd, like brand cloud creation, resume reading, conference name tags, and helping writers reflect on their work.
WordClouds is a user-friendly tool with a “Wizard” button that will walk you through exactly what to do. They offer a number of formatting options and clipart-style shapes.
Paste text, enter a URL, or upload a file (even PDFs). You can edit the word list and change the size of the gap between words right on the page.
You need Silverlight to use Tagxedo, so you can’t use it with Google Chrome, and it can be a little wonky in other browsers. However, it does offer some of the cooler integrations: look up Twitter handles, RSS feeds, news articles, or search the web for a particular subject.
You can upload images to use for custom shapes or create hand-drawn fonts. Once you’ve made your image map, you can have it printed on tote bags and T-shirts.
WordItOut is a simple but kaleidoscopic word cloud tool with a variety of cartoonish fonts, layouts, and colors. You can hyphenate words to indicate where words and phrases should be grouped together.
It also supports emojis and most keyboard symbols, for an interesting take on the typical word cloud. And you can see the word list to show the frequency of each featured word.
Ticklar’s impressive word cloud tool pulls text from worldwide news sources going 30 days back. Just choose a date (or timeframe between two dates), the news source (Australia, USA, or the World), and enter a subject or select a category (Europe, Asia, Oceania, etc.).
You can choose shapes like a map of the US or Australia, the Death Star, Packman, or any letter or number.
Tricklar makes it interesting to compare the keywords of news stories from different dates and different parts of the world.
This is a decent choice for someone who wants the option to tweak a cloud tool with their own code for converting text into words and rendering the final output.
One big positive of this tool is that it allows you to output your cloud as an SVG file for huge display.
MonkeyLearn Vs. Other Word Cloud Tools
Benefits of MonkeyLearn’s Word Cloud Tool
- Combines word pairs and phrases
MonkeyLearn’s powerful AI automatically detects word combinations (e.g., “Zoom meeting”), even multi-word phrases. Most other cloud tools simply don’t recognize that words are related at all, or require you to manually combine them.
- Easy to navigate
MonkeyLearn’s word cloud creator is up-to-date and super user-friendly. There are no ads, and the straightforward interface doesn’t require any directions – it’s all right there. Upload CSV files in a snap.
Other word cloud tools look decades old, and some require plug-ins that are outdated or completely unusable on certain browsers. You can waste time just trying to figure out how to use them. And, of course, pop-up ads are always annoying.
- Simple to download and share
MonkeyLearn is free, with no sign-up. Download your MonkeyLearn word cloud in seconds as a high-res PNG or SVG file, appropriate for huge screens or to be printed out for presentations. You can even download as a CSV, for further data crunching: get a list of your top keywords and how often they appear.
With other tools you have to enter an email to download; they don’t let you download at all; or it’s a simple low-res image and hardly usable.
- Get more analytics
Based on complex algorithms, MonkeyLearn gives a relevancy score to words within your cloud (as well counting the number of times they appear). Because it’s not just frequency that determines word importance. And you can easily change the number of words that appear in your cloud.
Some tools only offer a set number of words that can appear in the cloud, or you have to delete them manually. And few of them actually count the frequency of each word, let alone have any AI that could score relevancy.
The Take Home
There are dozens of free word cloud tools available online. Some are designed for simple fun, some for art, and some for serious analysis.
Word clouds are just the ground floor of the exciting world of AI-powered text analysis tools. Click on any of the links below to try out more advanced AI tools:
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