Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Word Cloud: Seth Godin's "What Matters Now" Free PDF

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I posted last week a word cloud visually displaying the prevalence of words in the lyrics from my band's new Album, "Sunday Morning Drive." I thought of another one that might be fun.

This word cloud is taken from Seth Godin's recent free eBook release called "What Matters Now," a collection of short essays from people making waves and causing change across the web and the world. Visually, here's what they are speaking most about:


Not surprisingly considering Godin and the other contributors to this work, several words jump out: people, make, world, important, author, difference, blogs...

On closer inspection several words actually surprised me a bit. "Respect" and "family" both were larger than "money" or "businesses" (though the word "business" still outweighed all of them). And interestingly, "fear" showed up rather large as well. "Work" shows up in tiny yellow at the upper right. Apparently, "work" is not the word first on many of these authors' minds. Or perhaps they've repackaged it into a more pleasant thought hidden amongst all these words.

If you're curious, I used the online application, Wordle.net to create this word cloud. You can plug in any text or link to a web page and it will generate a word cloud based on the content. Check it out and let me know if you make any word clouds of your own!


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