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What is a Word Cloud

A word cloud (also known as tag cloud or text cloud) is a visual representation of word frequency and value. It is used to highlight how often a specific term or category appears in a source of data. The more times a keyword is present in a data set, the bigger and bolder the keyword appears.

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Infogram is a free online chart maker that offers an easy way to create word clouds.

When to Use a Word Cloud

Word Clouds are used to get immediate insights into the most important terms in your data. You will find it often on websites on blogs to flag top keywords or tag usage due to aesthetic reasons.

Tag clouds can help to visualize how customers feel about your products, or visualize the baskteball players who scored more points.

How to Create a Word Cloud

You can make a word cloud in 5 easy steps:

  1. Join Infogram to make your own tag cloud design.
  2. Select word cloud chart type.
  3. Upload or copy and paste your data.
  4. Customize colors, fonts and text orientation.
  5. Download your word cloud or embed on your website.

Best Practices for Creating Word Clouds

Even though they are simple and easy to understand, when using Word Clouds you should notice a few details:

  • Long words are emphasized over short words.
  • Tags in the middle of the cloud attract more user attention than tags near the borders.
  • Avoid using too many words. Word clouds can take up a lot of space.

 

Have more questions about the appropriate type of chart to use? Check out this article.