Tag Cloud for Library Land

Dave Pattern of the blog “Self-Plagiarism is Style” created a tag cloud based on almost 500 library blogs. This cloud looks at the last 48 hours worth of blogs, identifies word frequency, as well as the number of posts it is in. Each word is linked to a list of blog posts. This is a quick way to see what is being discussed in the biblioblogosphere.

Library tag cloud

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4 responses to “Tag Cloud for Library Land

  1. Tag Cloud Generator May 6, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    The above concept is a good idea. This can be extended to the entire blogosphere by grabbing the hourly data from weblogs.com.

    Anyway, for those interested in creating a tag cloud for just their blog, they can do that at http://www.tocloud.com/ and then place the html code provided on their blog. Whenever a user clicks the link, it shows the latest tag cloud of the blog.

  2. Christine Peterson May 6, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    ToCloud is a neat service. However, I noticed that it takes into consideration the non-content pieces of a blog, e.g., the poster’s name, “posted,” “categories,” “comments,” “posted.” Is it possible to disregard these types of words so that the tag cloud can focus on the posts only?

    Chris

  3. Tag Cloud Generator May 7, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Chris, tocloud converts the entire page into a tag cloud. It doesn’t really know anything about the page. There is no intelligence to it. It does remove several commonly used english words. In addition, there is also a Stop Words field in the form, which a user can
    fill in to remove from the tag cloud. For example, you can enter all the above mentioned words as stop words and the final tag cloud will be without them.

  4. Christine Peterson May 13, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Thanks for the clarification! I didn’t see the stop list. That would take care of it.

    Chris

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