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Can a Word Cloud Help You Know Yourself Better?

Can a Word Cloud Help You Know Yourself Better?

Last week, I posted about the work of researchers who generated word clouds from Facebook updates related to personality, gender, and age.

A thoughtful reader pointed out that sites like Wordle and Tagxedo allow you to generate your own word clouds, based on your own postings.

I decided to do one for this blog. Interesting--though I must confess, I can't read many of the smaller entries.


If you try this exercise yourself, what, if anything, does it reveal? Anything that helps us gain in self-knowledge--even imperfectly or indirectly--is helpful, to my mind.

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