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ZoomClouds API: Comments

Posted by Oscar Arevalo (Contact, Page)
Date: April 12th, 2006, 14:52

I just wanted to let you guys know that I created a "ZoomClouds" module for HomePortals. HomePortals is a platform to build websites/webapps from reusable components (similar to an Ajax Start Page, but more extensible and persistent). You can take a look at it at

Keep up the good work!


Posted by drk (Contact, Page)
Date: August 22nd, 2006, 14:08

I'm using Zoomclouds in two ways right now:

(i) the good old fashioned way - build a cloud and then include the css/js in the page

(ii) grab the xml and use that to build a cloud that searches my blog directly

Nice online tool - easy to use - xml output is nice - thanks guys.


Posted by drk (Contact, Page)
Date: September 18th, 2006, 2:49

I wanted to build a tagcloud index for the internal weblog which contains cuttings - 600 articles and 600,000 words.

I was using Movable Type - but the idea holds good for any weblog where you can dive under the hood and get to the database directly using SQL.

I dumped a copy of the entire weblog into a temporary weblog, used SQL to unpublish them and then used SQL to set all the dates to today.

Rebuilt the weblog to check there were no entries and then used SQL to publish everything before rebuilding the entire weblog.

Set the RSS parameters high to catch everything and then rebuilt the weblog again.

The result was an RSS file which contained information for every entry in the blog.

I then fed the resulting RSS into ZoomClouds and harvested the resulting XML file.

A quick conversion later and I have an internal tagcloud which has the top 100 items from the internal weblog pointing via the MT search mechanism into the weblog - enabling fast cloud search very easily.

Just a little hack - but I now have a tagcloud that represents everything ever published in the weblog rather than just the last 15 or so entries.

You could use this - for example - to build a tagcloud of any blog archives available on the web e.g. the BoingBoing archive and make it directly searchable via the cloudsearch view.

What fun! Thanks again guys - I'm working on some other stuff using your XML output and as soon as I have something to say I'll post it here.


Posted by drk (Contact, Page)
Date: October 5th, 2006, 9:52

The latest stunt I've pulled is to use the XML data from both my personal clouds and your public clouds and mash it together with the Amazon ECE to produce: "BookClouds" - (see ) - where each keyword from the XML tagcloud is used to trigger a small javascript popop with the details of a relevant Amazon book in it.

If you click on the keyword in the cloud - it takes you straight to the Amazon details page for that book.

Beta only - and loading 100 Amazon .jpgs takes a while - but as a "proof of concept" mashup it works ok.

Thanks again for ZoomClouds.


Posted by RBA (Contact, Page)
Date: October 5th, 2006, 10:02

Cool! When you have it ready for prime time, let me know and I'll add it to the Mashups page.


Posted by L Howell (Contact, Page)
Date: March 30th, 2007, 11:24

Zoom clouds are quite useful for our cross-generational social networking site that fuses socially relevant global issues with high quality entertainment and information. Visit us at and see how we use on all our main pages.


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