Run a Word cloud via Slido

  • 24 August 2020
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Word cloud creates a "cloud" of the most popular words or short phrases that are sent by your audience.

 

It lets you identify silent heroes, find out which company value resonates the most with your employees, or just warm up your participants with a fun question before it comes to more serious topics.

 

In this article:

 

How the word cloud works

 

Here are three simple principles of the word cloud:

  • Short answers work best
    Advise your participants to use one to three words when using the word cloud to get the best results. Longer phrases or sentences will be displayed, but they might cause a mixup.
     
  • No swearing
    Swear words won't go through at all.
     
  • Watch the words grow
    The size of the word changes dynamically depending on how many times your attendees submit it.

 

Create a word cloud

 

Before starting with polls, make sure to create an event first. Once ready, go to Live Polls tab:

  1. Click Create poll
  2. Select Word cloud
  3. Type in your question and hit Save

Or click Browse templates and select an example word cloud to use at your next meeting or event.
 

Creating a word cloud

 

Keep in mind that multiple entries are not possible if your word cloud is part of a survey.

 

Moderate text entries in a word cloud

 

Once you click the Play icon, your poll is active and the audience can submit their votes. They appear on the right side of your admin as a list. 

 

If you receive poisonous or unwanted responses to your word cloud, you can delete them with a simple click.
 

Deleting responses from word cloud

 

Display your word cloud in Present mode

 

To show the real-time results of your word cloud to your audience in a nice visual way, display the Present mode for them:

  1. Make sure your poll is active
  2. Navigate to the green Present mode button in the upper right corner
  3. Select your preferred option

You can open Present mode in a separate window or copy the link and open it in a new tab of your browser.
 

Options available under present mode


This is how your participants will see it in present mode.

 

Present mode view of word cloud


Quick tip: Start the word cloud with hidden results

Hide the results at the beginning to prevent people from influencing each other with their answers or to delete irrelevant submissions before they show up live. To hide the results, click the "eye icon" next to your poll question.

 

Icon for hiding poll results

 

How word cloud works for participants

 

Once you activate your word cloud, your participants will be able to submit their answers. If multiple responses are allowed, a new line will appear as soon as the participant begins typing a word.

 

To see how the word cloud displays when the audience joins from their computers, copy the event link under the "share" button and open it in another tab of your browser.
 

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 Participants can see word cloud suggestions based on the already submitted answers (even 1 is enough). As an admin, you can use this feature to pre-populate your word cloud with submissions.

 

Each line is considered as a single entry, no matter the number of words included. Make sure your instructions in the poll description are clear or explain verbally what you're after.

 

Once the participants submit their answers, they will see the word cloud on their mobile, tablet, or computer screen. The number of words shown on the device depends on the size of the screen.

 

Useful tips:

  • Tip 1: Test your word cloud
    It's always a good practice to check if everything's working before your event starts. Try to send a testing vote from Participant mode on the left-hand side to put yourself into the shoes of your participants, open Present mode in your browser to see how the answer looks on the screen, and then reset results to start from zero.
     
    Testing word cloud using participant mode

     
  • Tip 2: Advise the audience on the format of submitted words
    Word cloud works best with short answers. Agree on the unified format of the words or phrases. Even slight alteration may cause a mismatch.
     
  • Tip 3: Handling capital letters and special characters
    All letters will be turned to lower case. Special characters (æ, ø, å, š, č) will be replaced by simple letters.

 

Curious about more?


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It would appear that not all of the responses participants enter into my wordclouds are actually appearing on the screen when I am in presenting mode.  I haven’t moderated how many times people can enter their responses, so why is this.  I became aware of it after looking at my results, post training, and seeing comments there that then do not appear when you go to “present”.  Can anyone advise me what I am doing wrong or why this is? 

 

 

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Hi @SharonH,

I think the reason why some words were missing is because there’s a limit of top 50 words being shown on Slido Present mode at a time. This is for accessibility reasons, to make sure that all words are readable. 

Number of words shown also automatically changes with the resolution of your screen, if the screen you use for Present Mode is smaller, it’ll show less words compared to a larger screen. Though it will still only show up to 50 top words maximum, even on a large screen.

It is also possible that some words were automatically excluded through our profanity filter. Do you know if perhaps some of the words could be considered vulgar? 

Please let me know if you have any more questions. 

All words are in the same font how do i fix?

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Hi @Jacki,

If by the same font - you mean the size and colour of the words, this is because each of the words have only been mentioned once in the word cloud (or all words the same amount of times, equally). 

Please try adding one of the words in there multiple times on a different device to see if that word grows bigger and perhaps changes colour (depending on which theme you’re using).

Let me know if this helps or if you need more help!

Hi @Jacki,

If by the same font - you mean the size and colour of the words, this is because each of the words have only been mentioned once in the word cloud (or all words the same amount of times, equally). 

Please try adding one of the words in there multiple times on a different device to see if that word grows bigger and perhaps changes colour (depending on which theme you’re using).

Let me know if this helps or if you need more help!

I tried type type the same word 3 times and other 10 word just once, the font is still same for every word. Is there any threshold that to change the font (color and size)?

thank

David

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Hi @David Dou,

Sorry - I realized my earlier explanation was lacking a key element!

 

You’ll need to submit the same words but as different participant to count more times. This means that if a single user submits the same word multiple times, it’ll only count as once. This is to make sure that voting in a word cloud remains fair. 

So, in order for certain words to appear bigger, multiple participants have to submit the same word. 

 

For example: Participant 1 submits the word “lion five times, it’ll appear small until Participant 2 submits “lion too.

 

Please let me know if my explanation makes things a little clearer or if there’s anything else that I can help with! 

Hi @David Dou,

Sorry - I realized my earlier explanation was lacking a key element!

 

You’ll need to submit the same words but as different participant to count more times. This means that if a single user submits the same word multiple times, it’ll only count as once. This is to make sure that voting in a word cloud remains fair. 

So, in order for certain words to appear bigger, multiple participants have to submit the same word. 

 

For example: Participant 1 submits the word “lion five times, it’ll appear small until Participant 2 submits “lion too.

 

Please let me know if my explanation makes things a little clearer or if there’s anything else that I can help with! 

thank for your information and I will try later.

-David

Is it possible to amalgamate word clouds from different meetings to create one large cloud?

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Hi @Team North,

Unfortunately, this is not possible. 

You can only see the answers from a single Word cloud poll. 

Sounds like a neat feature though! I’ll make sure to share this with our Product Team. 

 

Let me know if there’s anything else that I can help you with 😊

I have set up my word cloud to build by using Slido in Webex. However, my results are not building a word cloud, but just a list of words with votes next to them. How can I display the word cloud in Webex? (The word cloud does appear on cell phones signed into Slido.)

 

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Hi, @jcnorman

You’re right, at the moment the host view shows a list of word cloud with a respective number of submission for each word. On the other hand, your participants can see the word cloud in the sidebar with Slido. 


Here’s the good news: Our product team is already aware of this experience and they plan tol change it with the next release in early 2022 (January/February). 


In the meantime, I’d suggest to open Slido Present mode
1. Go to slido.com
2. Log in with your Webex credentials
3. Select your Slido
4. Click the green Present button in the top right corner.

This will open the Slido Present mode in the browser tab you could screen-share in Webex to display the poll results and Q&A in a nice visual way. 

We understand it’s not ideal with the workaround, but we hope it helps a bit. 


Please do let me know if you have any outstanding questions. Happy to address them. 

 

Best, 

 

Dáša from Slido

I have added a word cloud as one of the questions in a survey. It seems as though the setup doesn’t have the same options as a word cloud as a poll. In a survey, they can only enter one word. Is there a way to enable multiple words for a word cloud in a survey?

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Hi, @johanne-g


You are right, at the moment it’s not possible to enter multiple words when the word cloud is part of a survey. I understand it’s not the best experience, sorry about that. I’ve let our product team know and they’re looking into it.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we’ve got any news. 

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Hi, @johanne-g,  

Just wanted to share a workaround with you that could work for submitting multiple entries for word cloud in a survey.

When you separate your submissions with a comma and space, all words will appear as standalone words. Having said that, this would only work if you: 

  1. Add a space after a comma
  2. Use only 1-one word submission - no space between words is possible


Here’s an example: 

 

Hope this helps.

Having said that, as mentioned before we understand this is not ideal and we’ll be looking into possible solutions. 

Hi,
I’ve got a quick question about wordcloud entries: If somebody enters the response “Ok”, the word doesn’t appear in the wordcloud, even though it is the most used word. “O.k.” is displayed as usual, “0k” also works just fine. Is “Ok” listed as spam / explicit word or is there another problem? 

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Hey @Christina,

That’s a good catch! The word cloud filters out words categorised as not meaningful enough or unacceptable. The word ‘ok’ is categorised as not meaningful enough and so it is filtered by the algorithm and doesn’t show up for everyone, even if it is popular. The reason why you saw 0k come through is that it is not seen as the same as ‘ok’.

It’s set up this way to make sure that word clouds show the most meaningful responses.

I hope this helped :) Let me know if you have any questions.

 

EDIT: An earlier version of the comment incorrectly stated that words with fewer that 3 characters are also filtered. There is no character limit on words that show up in the word cloud. Sorry for the miscommunication on our side!

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