A popular method to show a group of words and their quantity of occurances is in a ‘Cloud’. Many times you will see a blog that has a column box of words that are sized by how many times that word appears in a article within the pages of that blog.

A Cloud can be helpful when watching trends and you do not have time to so a pull of data and compare that in a spreadsheet. Some more artistic Clouds have words floating about and changing sizes as quantities change. This is fun to watch but not very useful if your attempting to do something with the data.

Here is a Cloud that is pointed at Twitter. Where instead of showing every word, it shows 200 matching words in tweets based on a base word you enter. You can play with it at the developers, Jeff Clark created this on Neoformix.

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