Wordle Word Art & Graphical Search Sites

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2011-07-2711

Today, I’d like to present a few sites that can be a feast for your eyes. Seems like there are quite a few sites out there that do a fun job of adding some whimsy to cloud tags and search engines. Here’s a short list of these web destinations. What do you think of these sites? Are they useful or just a gimmick?

Visual Sites To Use For Cloud Tags & Basic Graphical Search

#1 Wordle

Thanks to the blog, Five Cents Ten Cents, I decided to create some fun art work using money words and other tags we often use around here 🙂 . This cool word art is by Wordle, where you can make your very own beautiful word cloud.

cool word cloud, tag cloud, wordle

Neat huh? Now let’s look at a couple of graphical search engines that can be rather visually stimulating.

#2 Spezify

Have you seen this new internet search site yet? I got to playing with this fun, visual search web site called Spezify, which promises to be colorful, though I’m not sure if there’s anything more value added here, other than the cosmetics. Well technically speaking, it’s not a search engine per se, but a site that serves as a pretty front for your searches. Here’s an example of some results I got when I searched for myself:

I find it pretty neat — it’s definitely a novelty, but I’m wondering just how practical and functional it is. It reminds me of Wordle, which I also find graphically appealing. I like the cool presentations and the creativity here, and I can see the appeal of these applications on those who can appreciate some great visuals. I’m already thinking of the implications.

#3 Redz

This particular search engine is a lot more primitive than the rest, but it attempts to be visually attractive as well. Unfortunately, it isn’t as practical nor as pretty as the others, but at least it’s somewhat functional. I came across other search tools that were just entirely unattractive and had very little redeeming value. Several other search engines that were written up or reviewed have shut down, which is a sign of how competitive and challenging (or maybe thankless?) the work in this area seems to be. So I’d have to give a nod to all those who are doing this job well. Check out Redz.com.

Speaking of internet search engines, what do you folks think of Bing? Is there finally a reason for Google to look over its shoulder? Here’s looking forward to more online competition, especially among the search engines!

Created July 27, 2008. Updated July 27, 2011. Copyright © 2011 The Digerati Life. All Rights Reserved.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrick July 27, 2008 at 10:10 am

I like the word cloud. That’s a neat idea! 🙂

Panzer July 29, 2008 at 1:03 am


Thanks for mentioning my blog! I discovered Wordle on my RSS feed of Delicious Bookmarks and thought it would be cool to try it.

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AmeriGlide July 30, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I hadn’t heard of Wordle before — it looks like a pretty cool tool. I got a kick out of that Spezify site too!

retireby35 July 7, 2009 at 7:10 am

Spezify is an interesting website. It’s pretty but too bad you need to have flash in order to run a query on some of these sites.

I still have Google as the main for firefox and probably won’t be changing it to Bing any time soon unless they can provide something Google can’t.

Manshu July 7, 2009 at 7:50 am

Spezify is so cool! Do a search on “rabbit” 🙂

Silicon Valley Blogger July 7, 2009 at 11:12 am

Oh, the “rabbit” search is so cute! Just don’t try certain other searches, on certain other words…. 😉 .

Todd @ The Personal Finance Playbook July 8, 2009 at 5:43 am

The search engines look pretty cool.

kosmo @ The Casual Observer July 8, 2009 at 6:06 am

Hmm. Spezify is interesting. It won’t be my everyday search engine, but could be useful in some situations.

I haven’t played with Bing much, as I figured it was mostly a re-branded MSN search. I’m not a big fan of Microsoft stuff. The blurb about Google being rattled and having a team working to try and determine how the Bing algorithm works was pretty funny. Of course Google would try to analyze the algorithm of competitors – that’s simply smart business.

Jacksonville Fence Contractor July 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm

The search tools are pretty cool. I of course did a search for my blog and my name – at first I didn’t put my name in quotations and came up with some interesting pictures to say the least, lol.

Data Entry Services July 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I am a very visual person. I like the looks of the search sites but not sure about practical usefulness. Oh, and yes, I think Bing could be a nice challenge for Google. Nothing wrong with a little competition.

clothes-G September 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Spezify is interesting. This is not my daily search engine, but in some cases, it might be useful.

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