for the old-schoolers who don't know a tag cloud from a methane cloud: in a tag cloud, words that appear more frequently are shown in a larger text size. (stop words, or common words like "the" or "and", are removed from the data.)
so let's take a look at some blogs and see what they're talking about. tag clouds courtesy of wordle. you can click 'em to view 'em larger (and to create your own), but you'll need to have java installed.
shorter advance indiana:
in contrast, here's shorter blue indiana:
obama is the top subject at both blogs. but republican blog AI hasn't been talking nearly as much about mccain as has liberal blog BI. note also that words like "state" and "Indiana" are used frequently at BI but don't appear at all at AI.
shorter masson's blog:
shorter hoosier political report:
shorter stAllio!'s way:
i've been talking way too much about abdul lately, but that'll pass soon, as he's generally not worth paying attention to.
shorter commonplace book:
it's funny that "tags" is the #1 word here. that probably should've been treated as a stop word.
anyway, i could keep this up all day, but i need to get some work done. feel free to create your own and link to 'em in the comments. ¶